By the time you reach your mid to late thirties, your eyes may begin to show signs of aging. The upper eyelids droop a bit due to looseness or laxity of skin, which may even hinder your vision. The undereye region may have a tired-looking or puffy appearance, which unfortunately does not improve with even the fanciest of eye creams.
If you are bothered by this inescapable sign of aging, consider turning to board certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. DeLozier for an eyelid lift. An eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) encompasses the tightening of the muscles around your lower eyelids and the removal of excess skin and fat tissue. Your eyes will appear to be more open, making you look more alert, youthful and rejuvenated.
Your Individual Goals for Eyelid Lifts
Your goals for your eyelid lift will be discussed realistically with Dr. DeLozier. Blepharoplasty is often performed in conjunction with other facial surgeries. You may opt to improve both your upper and lower eyelid regions, or simply desire to address one area. Together you will decide which procedures he will perform in order to achieve your desired results.
About Eyelid Lift Cosmetic Surgery
For your comfort and safety, your eyelid lift will be performed under general anesthesia. At DeLozier Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. DeLozier usually completes both upper and lower eyelid lift surgery within 1 hour. For the upper eyelids, your incisions are generally concealed within the natural fold of your upper eyelid. He then removes any excess skin and fatty tissue.
For the lower eyelid, Dr. DeLozier will conceal an incision below your lower lash line. Through this incision, he will tighten the surrounding muscles and remove any excess skin. In some cases, a fat pad will be removed or redistributed to eliminate the puffy or bulging appearance of the undereye region. An undereye peel with trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is performed as part of lower eyelid surgery to further tigthen skin and eliminate dark circles. You will prepare for the chemical peel by using a complimentary Retin-A product for the two weeks prior to your surgery.
Recovery from Eyelid Lift
Your stitches will be removed between five and seven days after your blepharoplasty procedure. Immediately following surgery, you will be expected to apply ointment, eye drops, and ice to your eye area. To reduce swelling, you must keep your head elevated for several days. Although patients feel very well after just a few days, it may take up to a week or two to feel comfortable appearing in public. There is little pain associated with this procedure, but patients should expect to be bruised around their eyes for at least the first week.
Crows feet, wrinkles or sagging skin around your eyes will no longer give your age away. After your eyes have been rejuvenated, you can feel and look youthful again. You won’t have to worry about trying to conceal wrinkles or other such imperfections with heavy, harsh make-up and facial products. You won’t have to worry about drooping skin impairing your vision or feeling tired and aged. Over time, the results of your eyelid lift will keep you looking younger than if you’d never undergone the surgery.