Your eyes are your most telling facial feature. As they convey emotion, they are often the first representation of you and your personality; however, they are also one of the first facial features to show the effects of aging. The natural breakdown of collagen, heredity, and environmental factors all lead to upper eyelids that can be “hooded” and lower eyelids that might droop. These effects create an aged and tired look. Blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift) removes excess skin and fat deposits while creating a smoother, more youthful appearance.
PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery performs eyelid surgery in Tampa, Florida, for local and visiting patients.
Who Can Benefit From Eyelid Surgery?
- Men and women with excess skin in the upper eyelid
- Men and women with bags and puffiness in the lower eyelid
- Men and women with wrinkles on and around the eyelids
- Men and women with reduced peripheral vision due to excess eyelid skin
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What Can Be Achieved With Blepharoplasty?
Control of Your Facial Expressions
When your eyelids are puffy, or you have excess skin that sags, you may look sad or tired. Blepharoplasty allows you to take back control of the emotions you express so that whatever you feel is correctly reflected.
A Youthful Appearance
Heavy, drooping eyelids often create a disconnect between the age you look and the vitality you feel. Blepharoplasty bridges the gap between these two to leave you with smoother, tighter, more youthful eyes.
Blepharoplasty can help bring balance to your face. Heavy eyelids can often stick out on your face like a sore thumb. This procedure can tighten and brighten up the eye area, leaving your face rejuvenated and refreshed.
Eyes show your inner spirit, so show them off with pride. Eyelid surgery can increase your self-esteem and confidence. There will be no need to hide under sunglasses or avoid eye contact.
Blepharoplasty Surgery Options
Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. This is an outpatient procedure, and most patients are able to return home to recover shortly after their surgery.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
For the upper eyelids, an incision will be made along the natural contours of the upper lid to remove excess skin and fat deposits. This will correct upper eyelid sagging and can remedy impaired vision due to the excess skin.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
For lower eyelid surgery, the incision will be made just beneath the lash line to remove excess skin and fat deposits. This will result in the reduction of sagging and puffiness. Crow’s feet can also be addressed by extending the incisions to the outer corners of the eyes.
Possible Combination Procedures
Blepharoplasty is most commonly combined with a brow lift, as brow laxity may impair the results provided by upper eyelid surgery. It can also be performed alongside a facelift or neck lift.
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Other Concerns About Eyelid Surgery
How Long Does Recovery From Eyelid Surgery Take?
After your surgery, you may initially experience pain, bruising, and swelling. This irritation can be remedied with cold compresses and pain medication. You may also experience sensitivity to light or temporary blurred vision. This is normal and no cause for concern. Strenuous activities, such as vigorous exercise, should be avoided to allow your body to heal. Your PREMIERE surgeon will provide you with full instructions on how to care for your eyelids to ensure proper healing.
Is Eyelid Surgery Painful?
Blepharoplasty is performed under local or general anesthesia to ensure there is no pain during the operation. Patients can expect to experience some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off that will continue from a few days up to one week. Any discomfort can be alleviated with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication.
Patients should keep their heads elevated at all times to ensure proper blood circulation. This will also help to reduce pain.
Will I Have Scars After My Eyelid Surgery?
Although there is no way to prevent scars during surgery, your PREMIERE surgeon will make your scars as inconspicuous as possible. For upper blepharoplasty, the scars will be hidden in the natural folds of the eyelid, and for lower blepharoplasty, they will be just beneath the eyelid. These scars can be concealed with makeup and will fade over time.
How Much Is Eyelid Surgery?
The cost of your eyelid surgery varies by patient to patient. A total cost estimate of your eyelid surgery will be provided during your consultation, once your surgeon has had a chance to evaluate your skin and determine a treatment plan. This price estimate will include surgeon’s fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and pre-l and post-surgical tests and appointments.
The cost of your surgery will also depend on the extent of the procedure and whether any other surgery is being performed.
Financing options are available to help patients afford their treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Blepharoplasty takes about two hours to perform depending on the extent of the surgery. It is performed under local anesthesia; however, if requested or if your eyelid lift is done in conjunction with other procedures, can be performed under general anesthesia. This will prevent any pain during the surgery.
Men and women who consider eyelid surgery are looking to correct laxity on the upper and lower eyelids. Candidates are in good overall health, do not smoke and have realistic expectations for their results.
As of now, no non-surgical treatment can reduce the excess skin or reposition the fat pockets in the upper and lower eyelids. Patients with wrinkles around the eye may benefit from an injectable treatment like BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport®.
Eyelid surgery is performed on the eyelids, not the eyes. Because of this, blepharoplasty does not physically improve your eyesight or correct eye-related concerns; however, it can improve peripheral vision. Excess eyelid skin on the upper eyelid can droop down to cover the eye, making it more difficult to open the eye as wide. This significantly impacts and can reduce peripheral vision.
Eyelid lift surgery cannot prevent future aging; however, it can provide long-lasting results. To maintain the best results, continuing a healthy lifestyle and protecting yourself against future sun damage is recommended. Many patients experience noticeable results for 10 years or more, and you will always look younger than if you had not had the procedure.