Droopy upper eyelids and puffy bags under the eyes can make you look older and more tired than you feel. “Blepharoplasty,” or eyelid surgery, is the most-commonly performed facial plastic surgical procedure. By removing small amounts of excess skin and fat, we can transform the eyelid region to a more youthful and refreshed look.
We can correct loose skin around the eyes while virtually eliminating visible scarring. If you are wondering how an eyelid lift can improve your appearance, then you need to know how the surgery is performed and what to expect.
The upper eyelid incision is hidden in the natural crease of the eyelid and is barely perceptible. Small amounts of skin, muscle, and fat are removed to recreate a youthful eyelid crease and fold. Most lower eyelid incisions are made within the conjunctiva of the eye, thus preventing any scarring on the skin. Fine wrinkles can be addressed by laser resurfacing.
The surgery usually takes around an hour, and many patients elect to have both the upper and lower eyelids addressed at the same time. Sometimes a facelift is also combined with eyelid lift for a complete facial rejuvenation.
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Types of Techniques
There are different types of eyelid surgery procedures. The method used is based on the goals and needs of the patient.
- Bilateral Blepharoplasty: This is a conventional eyelid surgery where the excess skin is excised and removed above and below the eyelids for complete rejuvenation of the eyes. The procedure can also be performed as an independent surgery of only upper or lower eyelids. The scars heal to a thin fine line. This procedure is great for people who are experiencing sagging skin on the lids or lower lids with wrinkles and loose skin that they want to remove. Patients can expect about 10 to 14 days of downtime after a bilateral blepharoplasty or a lower blepharoplasty and about seven to 10 days of recovery for an upper blepharoplasty.
- Double-Eyelid Surgery: Double-eyelid surgery is also a method of blepharoplasty. The technique used can be either full-incision double-eyelid surgery or partial-incision double-eyelid surgery. Full incision double-eyelid surgery is by far the most popular, and it is superior to other eyelid surgeries. Full-incision double-eyelid surgery is a popular choice for many patients because of its extended capability to enhance and modify the eyelids while addressing the signs of aging. Full-incision double-eyelid surgery produces permanent effects and can be applicable to all eye shapes. A partial-incision double-eyelid surgery involves making minor incisions on the eyelid to remove excess adipose tissue and loose muscle tissue. The muscles are then tightened and sutured to create the new crease. The benefit of this procedure is the minimal scarring and procedural discomfort during and after treatment.
What to Expect With Your Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery is usually done in an outpatient setting. Numbing medication will be injected into your eyelids and you’ll be given intravenous medication to help you relax.
If you have surgery on both your upper and lower eyelids, your upper lids will likely be worked on first. Cuts will be made along the fold of the eyelid; excess skin, muscle and possibly fat will be removed; and the cuts will be closed.
On the lower lid, a cut will be made just below the lashes in your eye’s natural crease or inside the lower lid. Excess fat, muscle, and sagging skin will be removed or redistributed, and the cuts will be closed.
After surgery, you will spend time in a recovery room. You can leave later that day to recuperate at home.
Scheduling an Eyelid Lift Consultation in Atlanta
To schedule a confidential eyelid lift consultation in our Atlanta-area office, call 470.381.6500.