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Eyelid Lift2020-05-05T10:17:47-07:00

Eyelid Lift / Blepharoplasty

An eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Blepharoplasty is one of the most intricate of facial plastic procedures, and the surgeons at Spectrum Plastic Surgery specialize in providing results that are natural-looking. Patients can expect to look several years younger, better rested, and happier following blepharoplasty. Our face is our first impression, and the eyes are usually the first place to show signs of aging, stress, and sun damage. Blepharoplasty can correct these common signs, and this procedure can be paired with other cosmetic surgeries such as a facelift or brow lift.

Upper eyelid surgery addresses ptosis, a medical term for drooping eyelids. When ptosis is severe enough to interfere with vision, upper blepharoplasty may be covered by insurance policies. A simple, non-invasive test can determine whether or not eyelid ptosis is present. The procedure for ptosis is the same as the cosmetic upper eyelid procedure, with the added benefit of improved vision and the possibility of insurance coverage. Incisions for upper blepharoplasty are small and hidden in the natural eyelid creases.

Lower eyelid surgery corrects lines and wrinkles, sagging, and bags located below the eyes. Lower blepharoplasty is not covered by insurance, but can dramatically improve your appearance. Sometimes dermal fillers are placed in the hollow below the eyes to help decrease dark circles and restore lost volume due to aging, genetics, or weight loss. The incisions for lower blepharoplasty are also small and placed along the lower lashline or inside the eyelid.

Benefits of An Eyelid Lift

There are a number of benefits to blepharoplasty, including:

  • Looking years younger, happier, and better rested

  • Removing wrinkles, lines, drooping, sagging skin, undereye bags, and reducing dark circles under the eyes

  • Improving vision when severe ptosis of the upper eyelid is present

  • Complementing other facial plastic procedures like brow lifts and facelifts and non-invasive treatments like FaceTite

This computer simulation technology utilizes a patient’s real face to yield “after” results. Few practices offer this cutting-edge system, but it is the absolute best way to see what results will look like so that you and your surgeon can determine the best treatment plan.

Eyelid Lift | Spectrum Plastic Surgery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Benefits of An Eyelid Lift

There are a number of benefits to blepharoplasty, including:

  • Looking years younger, happier, and better rested

  • Removing wrinkles, lines, drooping, sagging skin, undereye bags, and reducing dark circles under the eyes

  • Improving vision when severe ptosis of the upper eyelid is present

  • Complementing other facial plastic procedures like brow lifts and facelifts and non-invasive treatments like FaceTite

This computer simulation technology utilizes a patient’s real face to yield “after” results. Few practices offer this cutting-edge system, but it is the absolute best way to see what results will look like so that you and your surgeon can determine the best treatment plan.

See What People Are Saying

Patient Reviews

Although the Vectra 3D Imaging System is the best way to preview what results you can expect, reviews can also be a great way to help choose a surgeon:

By Anonymous, Real Patient Review*

“[Dr. ] delicate and precise manner is seen through her work.”

By Anonymous, Real Patient Review*

“Everyone was extremely nice … [Dr. Stutman] explained everything and I did not feel rushed.”

By Anonymous, Real Patient Review*

“From the first phone call, Dr. Geoghegan and her staff have been nothing but kind, warm, and helpful … Dr. Geoghegan is patient, thorough, and talented. It’s been 3 months post surgery and I am more than pleased with the results. The entire experience was comfortable and pleasant. She and her team made me feel like family. I would highly recommend Dr. Jennifer Geoghegan.”

See What People Are Saying

Patient Reviews

Although the Vectra 3D Imaging System is the best way to preview what results you can expect, reviews can also be a great way to help choose a surgeon:

By Anonymous, Real Patient Review*

“[Dr. ] delicate and precise manner is seen through her work.”

By Anonymous, Real Patient Review*

“Everyone was extremely nice … [Dr. Stutman] explained everything and I did not feel rushed.”

By Anonymous, Real Patient Review*

“From the first phone call, Dr. Geoghegan and her staff have been nothing but kind, warm, and helpful … Dr. Geoghegan is patient, thorough, and talented. It’s been 3 months post surgery and I am more than pleased with the results. The entire experience was comfortable and pleasant. She and her team made me feel like family. I would highly recommend Dr. Jennifer Geoghegan.”

Eyelid Surgery Recovery and What to Expect

Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure requiring local anesthesia in most cases. Patients will require someone they trust to take them to and from the procedure and help care for them during the first few days of recovery. It’s important to avoid excess sun exposure and to protect the eyes with sunglasses and sunscreen for the first few weeks post-operative. Some minor swelling and bruising is to be expected, but will subside in the first few weeks. Recovery timelines vary patient to patient, and is dependent on age, health, whether upper and lower blepharoplasty is performed, and how much rest the patient achieves after their procedure.

Many patients return to work within 7 – 10 days after blepharoplasty, but may experience eye strain for the first few weeks. Bear in mind that resting the eyes and eyelids will remain critical until full recovery is achieved. Dry eyes may be present, but is a temporary condition that can be soothed with doctor-recommended eye drops. Blepharoplasty is one of the first cosmetic surgeries many patients consider since the skin around the eyes is very thin, delicate, and mobile. can help determine if blepharoplasty is the right approach for you, and your Spectrum Plastic Surgery medical team will work with you to develop the ideal, personalized plan to meet your goals.

Frequently Asked Questions
Who’s a good candidate for an eyelid lift?2020-05-04T08:30:01-07:00

Both men and women may benefit from an eyelid lift. There is no ideal age for blepharoplasty, but many patients start considering an eyelid lift in their 40s. However, ptosis is a medical condition and may be caused by trauma (such as rubbing the eyelids) or genetics. It is possible for a younger patient to be a good blepharoplasty candidate.

What exactly does blepharoplasty entail?2020-05-04T08:27:54-07:00

Both upper and lower blepharoplasty remove excess skin and tissue from the eyelids. Men and women can benefit from this procedure, as the results make the patient look years younger, healthier, and happier. Sometimes dermal fillers are recommended to decrease undereye bags and increase lost volume. The results of blepharoplasty can last several years, but keep in mind that skin will continue to age. An additional blepharoplasty may be recommended in the future to sustain results.

What’s the difference between an eyelid lift and a brow lift?2020-05-04T08:29:05-07:00

An eyelid lift, and specifically an upper eyelid lift, removes excess skin and tissue of the upper eyelid. There are several types of brow lifts, and a temporal brow lift removes excess skin from the temporal region of the forehead. Temporal and other types of brow lifts can complement eyelid surgery if a patient is concerned with overall wrinkles, sagging, and laxity of the upper face. However, since a temporal brow lift is limited to lifting the outer part of the eyebrow (the “tail”), sometimes a patient is uncertain if they require an upper eyelid lift, a temporal brow lift, or both to achieve their desired results. Goals and a treatment plan will be discussed during a consultation.

How quickly can I get back to my life after the blepharoplasty procedure?2020-05-04T08:30:52-07:00

The eyes and eyelids heal surprisingly quickly. Most patients return to the majority of their daily activities within two weeks after their procedure. However, it is important to allow the eyes and eyelids to rest after blepharoplasty. Your exact recovery timeline will depend on numerous factors and will be estimated by your surgeon based on your eyelids, procedure, and lifestyle.

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