Blepharoplasty Surgery / Eyelid Lift Surgery
One of the first things noticed about you are your eyes. Inherited family traits or the natural aging process can result in eyelid wrinkles, deep lines, dark circles and puffiness. These elements contribute to a tired, sad or prematurely aged appearance.
Eyelid Surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin from both the upper and lower eyelids. Underlying fatty tissue (fat pads) that herniate (protrude) can produce the appearance of puffiness or bagginess. These fat pads can be selectively removed or re-positioned for a more refreshed look.
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can also reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. The eyelid skin is removed and tightened eliminating wrinkles. This produces a more youthful eye appearance.
Blepharoplasty can improve the drooping skin, sagging eyelids and bagginess that make you appear older and tired. It can help improve vision in some patients who have hooding of their upper eyelids. Blepharoplasty can also add an upper eyelid crease to the Asian eyelid giving patients more of a westernized look.
A well-done eyelid lift should leave you looking rested and very natural. The shape of your eyes should not look different. You should look younger, more awake, more alert and refreshed. A blepharoplasty can be performed in conjunction with other cosmetic facial rejuvenation procedures such as a face lift.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery is individualized for every patient. Upper and lower eyelid corrective rejuvenation procedures can be done separately or the upper and lower lids may be addressed at the same time.
This information will give you a basic understanding of the blepharoplasty procedure. However, all patients are unique. An individualized personal consultation with Dr. Stile will determine if you are a candidate for this surgery. A complimentary consultation will also help determine which procedure is most appropriate for your needs.
Blepharoplasty / Eyelid Lift Surgery Procedure
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient surgical procedure. This procedure is performed in our state-of-the-art fully licensed Ambulatory Surgery Center; Premium Surgical Services Center. The procedure is performed while using general anesthesia (patients are fully “asleep”) for comfort control. General anesthesia as well as pre and post-operative care are provided by our Board Certified Anesthesiologist.
Using high-magnification, eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) procedure is carried out by creating incisions in the upper eyelid creases or just below the lash line of the lower eyelids.
Using these incisions, excess skin is removed from both the upper and lower eyelids. Varying amounts of upper and lower eyelid muscle (orbicularis occuli) is also removed to reduce eyelid fullness.
Next, the underlying fatty tissue (fat pads) that herniate (protrude) producing the appearance of puffiness or bagginess are selectively removed or re-positioned.
The eyelid skin is then tightened and the incisions are closed using a microsurgery suture. Cold compresses and antibiotic ointment is then applied. When healed these incisions will leave no visible scarring.
The surgery generally takes about one to three hours. If additional cosmetic procedures are being performed surgery time will be longer.
Blepharoplasty Before & After
Eyelid Surgery Recovery Process
After a short stay in our post anesthesia care unit, patients are discharged home. Patients are instructed to rest while keeping their head elevated. Patients report minor discomfort associated with eyelid surgery. This is well controlled with oral pain medication.
Cold compresses and ophthalmic antibiotic ointment are used to minimize swelling and keep the operative sites clean. Sutures are removed in the office at post op day 7. Patients may resume full activity at post-op day 14
Cosmetic improvements are evident immediately but mature full results are appreciated at 3-5 months after surgery. The benefits of this procedure are long-lasting. Patients will have a more rested and youthful appearance.
While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following Dr. Stile’s post-operative instructions.