Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)
Candidates For An Eyelid Lift
Patients in good overall health who wish to reduce excess skin on their upper or lower eyelids that contributes to the appearance of drooping lids and tired-looking eyes are good blepharoplasty candidates. Quite often patients will come in to inquire about a facelift but, in actuality, an eyelid surgery can achieve the results they are envisioning. The skin around your eyes is one of the first parts of your body to show significant signs of aging. Blepharoplasty with can restore a youthful, vibrant look to your eyes. There are many factors, such as sun exposure, age, and genetics, that make your eyes look older than you feel. Not only can an eyelid lift help your eyes look as youthful as you feel, but it may even improve your vision if droopy eye skin is a problem for you. Blepharoplasty may be performed to rejuvenate the appearance of the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or for both.
Upper eyelid surgery removes excess skin and fatty tissue to correct droopy, sagging eyelids. An incision is hidden within the natural fold of the upper eyelid and extends slightly beyond the outside corner into laugh lines or other existing creases. Excess skin is removed and underlying muscles are tightened. Because the incision follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it usually is not noticeable.
There are two types of lower blepharoplasty: the traditional lower eyelid surgery and the more commonly performed transconjuctival eyelid surgery. Lower eyelid surgery removes fat deposits and loose skin to correct bags under the eyes. An incision is hidden just below the lower lashes. The transconjunctival blepharoplasty technique involves a small incision inside the lower eyelid where fat is removed leaving no external scar. Dr. Pittman is careful to keep all incisions well-hidden. Skin tightening may be performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery.
Your procedure can be done under sedation or general anesthesia at our private, AAAHC accredited surgical facility which offers patient convenience, the highest safety standards and reduced costs. Blepharoplasty typically takes one to two hours. The length of your surgery is dependent upon whether you will be having upper-eyelid surgery, lower-eyelid surgery or both. Surgical time is also based upon whether or not you will be undergoing additional facial surgeries, such as a face lift, to complement your eyelid lift.
Recovery & Results
Patients can experience swelling and bruising for one to two weeks. Dr. Pittman will remove your sutures within five to seven days after your blepharoplasty surgery and provide further aftercare instructions based on your progress at your follow-up appointment. You Can expect to be reading after 2-3 days, back to work in 5-7 days. You can not where contact lenses for 2 weeks or more following the surgery. We advise that you avoid strenuous activity for 3 weeks, and your bruising and swelling with diminish over the course of 10-14 days.
Frequently Asked Questions about Eyelid Lift
Patients in good overall health who wish to reduce excess skin on their upper or lower eyelids that contributes to the appearance of drooping lids and tired-looking eyes are good blepharoplasty candidates.
Plastic surgery results are meant to last; however, environmental factors still continue to age our appearance after surgery. Most blepharoplasty patients report a rejuvenated eye appearance for up to ten years following eyelid surgery.*
Pittman Plastic Surgery offers many skin care treatments to remedy mild to moderate cosmetic concerns with the eyes.* Sometimes sagging brow skin can contribute to drooping eyebrows, in which case brow lift surgery or endoscopic brow lift can produce a youthful eye appearance.* For patients just starting to notice signs of aging, skin treatments like Botox® can reduce wrinkles between the eyes and along the brow.* Products like Latisse® can also be used to boost the body’s ability to grow and maintain eyelashes.*
To learn more about Eyelid Lift surgery please schedule your consultation by either filling out the form on this page, or by calling Pittman Plastic Surgery located in Athens, GA, at (706) 549-3203. Michele, our Patient Care Coordinator will answer any questions you have about the treatment including pricing and financing options. We look forward to working with you!
*The results of any procedure vary from patient to patient depending on multiple factors. There is no guarantee of satisfaction with end results. All recovery times are estimates and not guaranteed.