Your eyes are the first feature that anyone notices about you. While the eyes can express joy, vitality, and youthfulness, they can also express fatigue and sorrow, especially once the aging process sets in.
The eyes show the effects of time and gravity long before other facial features. Unfortunately, sun damage, environmental factors, and certain lifestyle choices speed up this transition. Eyelid surgery targets visible aging of the upper and lower eyelids to restore a refreshed and youthful eye appearance.
What Can Eyelid Surgery Achieve?
A MoreYouthful Appearance
Gravity, aging, and sun damage all cause the skin on the eyelids to develop wrinkles and eventually sag. By trimming away excess skin and repositioning underlying tissues and fat, you can restore an eye appearance that is brighter and more awake.
Control Over Your Expressions
Your eyes express your emotions. Unfortunately, excess skin and tissue can cause you to look tired or sad even when you are not. Eyelid surgery allows you to take back control of your facial expressions.
Greater Range of Vision
It is common for aged skin on the upper eyelid to sag down in front of the eye, seriously impairing your range of vision and making everyday activities (like driving) more hazardous. Eyelid surgery removes this excess skin and tissue to restore a full range of vision.
Your Eyelid Lift Procedure
Upper blepharoplasty corrects visible aging on the upper eyelid. This can include wrinkles, sagging skin, and an overall tired or sad appearance. Incisions for upper blepharoplasty are placed in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. From here, the skin is trimmed, fat pockets are repositioned or removed, and tissues are tightened.
Lower blepharoplasty addresses visible bags under the eyes and the general appearance of puffiness. Incisions are made beneath the lower lash line to trim excess skin and remove unwanted pockets of fat.
Upper or lower blepharoplasty can exist as standalone procedures, or they can be combined with other treatments to further rejuvenate your eye appearance. Combination procedures will help maintain a youthful and balanced facial aesthetic.
- Brow Lift: Brow lift surgery targets facial aging across the forehead and between the brows. Often, it can be difficult to determine whether upper facial aging is due to skin laxity on the eyelids or on the forehead and brow. During your consultation, Dr. Batra will examine the extent of aging and decide which procedure is best for you.
- Facelift: Facelift surgery targets visible aging on the mid and lower face. This procedure removes excess skin and tightens underlying tissues to restore a youthful appearance. Facelift surgery is often combined with eyelid surgery to maintain a balance between the upper and lower regions of the face.
- BOTOX® Cosmetic: BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injectable treatment that temporarily reduces the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines.
Easing Your Concerns
RecoveryEyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure; however, you must have someone present to drive you home and stay with you for the first night. Patients can expect to experience bruising, swelling, redness, and itchiness of the eyes. Your vision may be impaired initially, and you may also experience a greater sensitivity to light, but these symptoms are temporary. Most patients return to work and their normal activities after one week. Makeup and contact lenses can also typically be worn again at this time. Patients can resume strenuous activity and exercise after two weeks.
PainEyelid surgery is performed under anesthesia to prevent pain during and immediately following the procedure. You may experience some pain and discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. Dr. Batra will prescribe oral medication to remedy this. Eye drops and cold compresses will also help keep your eyes comfortable and reduce swelling. Most pain dissipates within the first few days.
ScarsThere will be scars following your eyelid lift, but Dr. Batra and his team work diligently to ensure that these scars are as inconspicuous as possible. These scars are created in the natural creases of the eyelid, making them significantly less visible. You can help to minimize visible scarring by keeping your healing incisions out of the sun and applying silicone gel or strips over the incisions. Scars can be concealed under makeup, and all scars will fade with time.
CostThe cost of your eyelid surgery reflects the training, skill, and experience of your surgeon as well as the quality of the facility. Anesthesia, hospital or surgical facility fees, post-surgical medications and dressings, and surgeon’s fees all play a factor in the final cost. The final price will also depend on the techniques used and any procedure combinations. You will be provided with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.
Eyelid Lift Results
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Excess skin that impairs your vision
- Puffy bags beneath your eyes
- Excess skin and tissue that make you look older than you are
- Wrinkles on or around the eyelids
- Negative reactions to anesthesia
- Skin discoloration
- Eye irritation
- Fluid accumulation
- Changes in skin sensation
- Poor wound healing