Our eyes are – arguably – the most important feature on our faces. Yet, the area is also usually the first to form lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and bags. It’s downright unfair! For this reason, an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty is one of the most popular procedures at H/K/B for both men and women. When done with skill, an eyelid lift can make your entire face look younger even though the work has only been done on the upper part of the face. At the same time, the effect is not so obvious that people will automatically know you’ve had work done. Obviously, the eye area is delicate, so your choice of surgeon is important, both for safety and for an excellent result. Drs. Hunstad, Kortesis & Bharti understand the intricacies of the skin and muscles around the eyes and are well-versed in the latest techniques in eyelid surgery.
What can blepharoplasty do for me?
Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. If you have a drooping upper lid that hangs over your eyes and makes them less prominent, an upper eyelid lift can bring your eyes out of hiding. The surgery can also often smooth frown lines and other fine lines around the eyes.
If you have bags or puffiness under your eyes, a lower eyelid lift can smooth out the area and make your eyes look young again. “Tear troughs” – deep hollows under the eyes – can also be corrected.
Blepharoplasty is often performed in conjunction with a forehead/brow lift, facelift, or neck lift for an overall more youthful look.
What can I expect during an eyelid lift?
Both upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty can be performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia and sedation at our fully accredited surgical facility on our beautiful campus, where our highly qualified nurses will pamper you. Our nurses are certified in advanced cardiac life support, which ensures the highest level of supervision, evaluation, and care in the unlikely event of an emergency. We also work with advanced anesthesia providers.
For the upper eyelids, the incision typically begins within the natural crease of the eye’s inside corner and extends slightly beyond the outside corner into the crow’s feet or laugh lines. The incision line follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid and is camouflaged when healed. Through this incision, the surgeon removes excess skin and fatty tissue so that the area is smoother and firmer.
For the lower eyelids, the incision is typically concealed just below the lower lashes where excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed to create a more youthful lower lid. The fat beneath the eye can also be redistributed to remove puffiness or bulges. In some patients, the underlying muscle will be tightened. Many times, a transconjunctival lower lid blepharoplasty is possible where the incision is inside the eyelid where there is no visible scar. Even if the incision is made below the lower lash line, however, the scar will not be visible.
How long does it take to recover from blepharoplasty?
The recovery time from an upper or lower blepharoplasty (or combination) is 1-2 weeks. Your eyes may tear and also feel dry, and there will be some bruising and swelling. We will give you eye drops to speed the healing process and prevent infection, and you can easily control any pain and discomfort with medication.
You can keep swelling to a minimum if you keep your head elevated for the first few days, and sleeping on your back will be most comfortable. Strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.
Of course, we will monitor your progress and answer any questions you have during your recovery period.
How long does an eyelid lift last?
Everyone ages at a different rate, so the longevity of an eyelid lift varies a great deal. For most patients, the results last 5-9 years.