One of the first places people notice the effects of aging is around the eyes. Crow’s feet and other wrinkles can form, eyelids can sag, and bags can form under the eyes. These symptoms can make you look tired, jaded, and older than you feel.
Fortunately, these symptoms of aging can be reversed using blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift). This cosmetic surgery tightens the tissues around the eyes and removes or redistributes fat deposits for a rejuvenated eye appearance.
What Can Eyelid Surgery Correct?
Wrinkles Around the Eyes
Eyelid surgery can reverse that trend and create a youthful appearance.
Blepharoplasty can remove these bags and redistribute the fat to restore a rested, alert appearance.
Blepharoplasty can remove this excess tissue to correct drooping eyelids and allow you to see more easily.
What Blepharoplasty Options Do I Have?
Upper eyelid surgery begins with general anesthesia or sedation.
A small incision is made along the crease in your upper eyelid. This will help conceal the scar after your operation.
Excess fat is removed, and the skin is tightened to create an ideally shaped upper eyelid.
Like upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty is performed using general anesthesia or sedation.
For lower eyelid surgery, the incision can be made within the lash line or inside the lower eyelid. The incision within the eyelid is usually used in cases where there are significant fat deposits to remove. This is because the incision can be made longer without leaving a visible scar on the outer eyelid.
In either case, unwanted fat is removed, and loose skin is tightened.
Blepharoplasty Recovery and Results
What Is Recovery After an Eyelid Lift Like?
Blepharoplasty recovery usually involves mild to moderate discomfort for a week or two. During this time, your plastic surgeon will recommend treatments such as eye drops, compresses, and, if necessary, prescription pain medication.
Expect bruising and swelling around your eyes to persist for at least a week. You should avoid strenuous exercise for several weeks after your eye surgery.
When Will I See My Eyelid Surgery Results?
Most patients will see their initial results and be ready to return to work and public engagements within two weeks. However, final results may take several months to develop. This may vary somewhat depending on lifestyle factors and your natural healing rate.
Frequently Asked Questions About Blepharoplasty
Am I a candidate for blepharoplasty?
Candidates for eyelid lift surgery are concerned with the appearance of wrinkles, saggy eyelids, fat deposits, and/or bags under or around their eyes. Good candidates will be in good health with realistic expectations for their results.
What will my blepharoplasty consultation be like?
During your consultation, you will meet with your plastic surgeon and they will evaluate your physical condition. After that, they will listen to your goals, desires, and willingness to undergo plastic surgery. Based on this information, your plastic surgeon will recommend a treatment plan and answer any questions you have.
How should I prepare for my eyelid surgery?
When preparing for an eyelid lift, it is important that you refrain from alcohol and tobacco products for several weeks before the operation. You should also consult with your surgeon and a pharmacist to ensure none of your medications or vitamins will interfere with your recovery. You should also ensure you have properly fitting sunglasses to protect your eyelids from the sun during your recovery.
How much does blepharoplasty cost in Birmingham?
The cost of your eyelid surgery will vary depending on whether you get upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both. The cost of blepharoplasty can further vary depending on the incision location and degree of correction required.
Your plastic surgeon will provide you with a personalized blepharoplasty cost during your consultation.
How long do blepharoplasty results last?
Blepharoplasty is a highly effective procedure that will provide benefits for decades to come. However, it cannot stop your eyes from continuing to age. For this reason, most patients will see their results fade over time. Most patients maintain beneficial results for 10 to 15 years after surgery.
Can non-surgical treatments correct signs of aging around my eyes?
Can I combine other surgical procedures with my blepharoplasty?
What are the risks of eyelid surgery?
All plastic surgery comes with some degree of risk. Thankfully, the risk of complications from an eyelid lift is low. Still, no procedure is entirely risk-free.
Some potential complications associated with blepharoplasty include:
- Difficulty closing your eyes
- Dry eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Light sensitivity