As we age, we tend to see some unwanted changes in our expressions which causes us to look older than we actually are. These changes in our appearance can cause emotional distress and sometimes even visual impairment because of overhanging eyelids. Eyelid procedures are designed to restore a more youthful appearance to the eyes.
What is an Eyelid Lift?
An eyelid lift, which is also known as blepharoplasty, is designed to eliminate the look of fatigue and distress around the eye area. This procedure involves the removal of loose hanging skin and any fatty tissue from the upper or lower eyelids. This procedure eliminates the “bags”, which will leave your eyes free of wrinkles and puffiness. Your eyes will look rejuvenated and your appearance will improve. Eyelid surgery can also help improve your vision problems that are a result of overhanging eyelids.
When to Consider an Eyelid Lift?
You should consider an eyelid lift when you have any excess hanging skin obscuring the natural fold of the upper eyelids and folds over the eyelashes. In severe conditions, you may consider eyelid lift if you have deep groves under your eyes while your upper and lower eyelids appear puffy causing your eyes to look tired and aged.
What to Expect With Your Eyelid Lift Consultation?
It is important to be fully prepared when coming in for a cosmetic plastic surgery consultation. You should come prepared with your complete medical history. A photo of yourself at an earlier age is a great way to reference your discussion of your goals. You will be establishing a treatment plan with Dr. Kapoor in order to find out the perfect procedure for you. You will be able to see before and after photos of cases similar to yours. Dr. Kapoor will answer any questions you have so that you can feel at ease with the procedure.
How to Prepare for Your Eyelid Lift?
In order to have successful results, you must quit smoking for at least 6 weeks before undergoing the procedure in order to promote better healing. Prior to your procedure, avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and vitamins that can increase bleeding. Regardless of the type of procedures performed, hydration is always very important. Appropriate hydration before and after the operation is critical for optimal results and healing. Eyelid lift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis so be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after the operation and to stay with you for at least the first night.
What are Some Eye Lift Recovery Tips?
For the first couple of days, you should treat the incisions with ointment to keep them lubricated and place compresses on the eyes to reduce swelling. Eye drops are encouraged to keep eyes from drying out. You can minimize swelling and bruising by keeping your head elevated and sleeping with your head rose higher than your chest.
For the first week, you should plan to stay indoors and relax. Use a cold compress on your eyes. You should avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting.
For the first two weeks, you will feel well enough to resume normal activities around the tenth day of recovery. You may notice that your eyes tire easily so you should take frequent naps. Avoid straining your eyes with activities such as reading, watching television, wearing eye contacts, and using the computer. Wear dark sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun and wind when you are out and about.
How Long Will my Eyelid Results Last?
Eyelid surgery results should be long-lasting. For the most part, the procedure is performed only once. However, as we age, skin can continue to droop which will result in a following surgery if that is what the patient desires.