An upper eyelid blepharoplasty, or eye lift, is a cosmetic medical procedure that creates a naturally youthful, wide-awake and energetic look for the eyes. By removing only a tiny bit of skin and tissue, it lifts and smoothes the eyelids while still letting them do their crucial job of protecting the eyes. By raising a sagging eyelid, an eye lift can also improve peripheral vision. Medicare will sometimes cover a blepharoplasty performed for medical reasons.
A surgeon performs an eye lift by making an incision along the natural fold of the upper eyelid, so that the normal contour of the eye will hide the incision. He or she then removes excess skin, fat and muscle. This is sometimes accompanied by lower lid surgery, a brow lift, laser skin resurfacing, BOTOX or other cosmetic treatment. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, so you will be unconscious for the procedure and will need someone to drive you home afterward.
After the surgery, you can expect some mild swelling. For some people, the swelling will go away in the first week, while for others it will take several weeks. There may also be some itchiness and dryness, which will also go away. The stitches will dissolve or be taken out in about five days. Bruising should disappear in seven to 10 days, and can safely be hidden by makeup during that time. Ask your doctor about any post operative concerns you may have during your initial consultation.
Be sure to speak with the most experienced facial plastic surgeon in the area to determine if you should undergo this procedure. There are some medical problems, such as blurry vision, dry eye, double vision, diabetes or thyroid problems, which make an eye lift a bad idea. And not everyone in Charlotte who appears to need an eye lift does. In some cases, what appears to be a drooping of the upper eyelid may be caused by sagging skin on the brow. An experienced facial plastic surgeon can determine if this is the case, and can also perform a brow lift to correct the problem.
If you think an eye lift is right for you, the first step in the process is to talk with an expert. M. Sean Freeman, MD, is Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon. He has practiced only facial plastic surgery since 1988, including procedures on the eyelids. He runs a state-of-the-art facility and has made a YouTube video that explains the procedure and shows several before and after photos of his eye lift patients. If you are interested in an eye lift, make an appointment or request an online consultation today.