How is an eyelid lift surgery performed?
I am looking to refresh my look a bit and the best place for me to start is around my eyes. What happens during eyelid lift surgery and what types of results should I expect? I do have quite a puffy look underneath my eyes which I have had my whole life and would love to see that subside a bit. Thanks!
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To determine precisely what type of surgery will best benefit you please schedule and appointment with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or an Occuloplastic Surgeon. To locate a plastic surgeon convenient to your geographic location please go to www.plasticsurgery.org. When it comes to upper eyelid surgery important to know if there is any drooping of the eyebrows. When it comes to lower eyelid surgery it is important to know the status of the mid face tissues as to how they relate to the lower eyelid fat pads. Under most circumstances eyelid surgery is performed under local anesthesia. In some cases light general anesthesia may be preferred. After your consultation and examination the most appropriate treatment plan can be made and discussed and explained to you.
Lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is good for bags under the eyes, drooping lower lids and excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid. Under general anesthesia, an incision can be made just beneath or inside the lower lash line. Through this incision, the excess skin and fat is removed and the surgeon then re-drapes the skin to leave it smooth. Initial healing may include some swelling and bruising. The head should be elevated for several days after eyelid surgery. Cold compresses will help minimize swelling and bruising. The sutures are removed within a week. Most patients can return to work in a few days. Cardio exercise can be resumed in two weeks. Eyelid surgery can take away years of aging and give your eyes a smoother, more youthful appearance. I hope that answers your question.
Puffy lower eyelids can be treated with a number of methods. The most common two are surgery and fillers. The lower eyelid bags sometimes can be disguised with filler to blend into the surrounding tissue and make them appear less prominent. Surgery is a more powerful and longer lasting alternative. If it is just puffy lower eyelids, this usually indicates fat herniation. Small amounts of fat can be teased out from the lower eyelid through an internal incision (transconjunctival) that would not leave an external scar. If there is a skin wrinkle or looseness component as well, then small amounts of skin need to be removed surgically, leaving a fine scar under the eyelash margin that heals nicely. Pain is usually pretty minimal, but do expect some bruising and social downtime.
Eyelid rejuvenation procedures (blepharoplasty), involve removing excess skin generally from the upper eyelid through an incision hidden in the lid crease and re-contouring the lower lid/cheek junction with either am incision under the lashes or I perform it through a completely hidden incision inside the eyelid. The results are powerful and gives your eyes a much rested look. Hope this was helpful. Good Luck!
Puffy eyelids and excess skin can be remedied with eyelid surgery. This can, in many cases, make your eyes look less tired and more open. One thing the surgery does not correct are fine lines or the loss of fat in the eyebrow region that can leave that area looking more bony. In those cases, filler can be performed to soften that effect.