An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove skin and to add or remove fat from the eyelids. The term “eyelid lift” is a misconception because the eyelid is not lifted during surgery.
Upper blepharoplasty surgery uses incisions on the skin to allow for removal of skin and fat. A thin stitch is then used to bring the skin together to allow for a creation of an eyelid crease.
Lower eyelid surgery can involve skin incisions directly below the lash line or an incision on the inside of the eyelid, called a transconjunctival approach. The transconjunctival approach allows for access to the eyelid fat without visible incisions making this technique perfect for patients who need fat removed or added. This approach can be combined with laser resurfacing of the eyelid skin to reduce lines and wrinkles.
A common cosmetic procedure in patients age 30 and older, eyelid surgery is used primarily to fight the effects of aging skin. As skin ages, it gradually loses its elasticity, and this, combined with the constant pull from gravity, leads to excessive skin collecting in the upper eyelids, causing drooping of the eyelids. The primary cause of lower-lid aging is loosening of skin and the underlying muscle. The best candidates for eyelid surgery are adult men and women who have healthy facial tissue and muscles and realistic goals for improving the upper and/or lower eyelids and surrounding area.
The final results of your eyelid surgery will appear within several weeks. While eyelid surgery will not stop your eyes from aging, the procedure is typically very long lasting. The effects of upper eyelid surgery can last many years to an entire lifetime, while lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be repeated.
When can I wear contact lenses?
Contact lenses can be worn one week after upper eyelid blepharoplasty and two weeks after lower eyelid blepharoplasty.
When can I wear glasses?
Patients can wear glasses immediately after eyelid cosmetic surgery unless there has been a Rhinoplasty. In those cases glasses can usually be worn at about 3 weeks.
Can asymmetry be a problem after cosmetic eyelid surgery?
Any operation on the face where there is a procedure done on each side can result in some asymmetry. Usually the asymmetry is mild. However most people have some degree of asymmetry prior to cosmetic surgery. During surgery Mr. Golchin will attempt to to correct any such asymmetries. The human anatomy sometimes cannot be made symmetrical because the underlying skeleton, muscles and skin attachments are asymmetric to begin with. Most people have asymmetries, which do not cause distraction or attention. Perfect geometrical symmetry is in fact considered as unnatural, plastic and artificial.
Are the incisions noticeable?
The upper eyelid incision hides very nicely in the eyelid groove above the eye. Sometimes the outer edge is visible under the eyebrow. This is usually most noticeable in the first two months after surgery and what seems a little obvious will often settle down and fade greatly over time. Women can use makeup to camouflage this area. It is very rare that this area will need revision cosmetic surgery at four months to flatten it out.
Will the fine wrinkles around my eyes go away after eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?
As the skin tightens following your eyelid surgery, many wrinkles go away. Some fine wrinkles may not. Other wrinkles are the result of natural interaction of the skin and the underlying muscles and are part of normal expressions. Our Center also offer skin treatments that can minimize fine wrinkles, which can be done in combination with eyelid surgery.