Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty or "lifting of the eyes," can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, usually to reduce flaccidity in the lower eyelid and/or remove excess tissue in the upper eyelid
As we age, our skin begins to lose its volume and definition. A loss of skin elasticity combined with a decrease in tissue volume often results in flaccid skin on both the upper and lower eyelids, causing wrinkles and lumps. In the upper eyelid, this can cause the extra skin to hang over the eye itself, even obscuring the patient's vision. In the lower eyelid, extra skin weight and decreased tissue can cause the eyelid to fall so that the white of the eye can be seen under the iris.
An eyelid lift can help correct these problems, restoring a better field of vision and a more youthful appearance.
If you choose to have an eyelid surgery, the procedure will be performed while you are under general anesthesia or given an intravenous sedative. For conditions of the upper eyelid, the incision can be made along the crease of the eyelid, so that any scar is almost invisible. Through this incision, fat deposits can be removed or repositioned, muscles tightened and excess skin can be removed.
For the lower eyelid, the surgeon can make one of two different incisions to better address your aesthetic concerns.
How long does it take to full recovery after an eyelid surgery?
In general, patients undergoing an eyelid surgery should plan between seven and ten days off work or other activities. As there will be bruising and swelling, it can help speed recovery by applying ice and sleeping with the head elevated.
How is it determined which surgical technique will be used in my eyelid surgery?
Only an in-person evaluation of the state of your eyes will allow us to determine which surgical procedure will produce the greatest improvement.
How long does the surgery take?
The surgery itself requires one to three hours, depending on the degree of correction needed.
Where are the incisions for upper eye surgery placed?
The incisions are placed inside the natural crease of the eyelid. For patients who do not have folds in the eyelids, a double fold is created as part of the surgical procedure.
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