Eyelid lifts are also known as blepharoplasty. There are two types of eyelid lifts, upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty, and both are performed at Spectrum Plastic Surgery. Blepharoplasty is one of the most detailed of facial cosmetic surgeries, making it imperative to choose a surgeon who is reputable and has delivered patients proven and natural-looking results. Eyelid surgery can help a person look younger, less tired, better rested, and happier.
Eyes are the first thing we notice about a person, but also the first place to show signs of aging. The thin, delicate eyelid skin coupled with a decreased amount of “good fat” in this area makes the eyes susceptible to show skin imperfections associated with aging that take longer to be noticed on the rest of our face and body. The added factors of stress, sun damage, squinting, and genetics causing poor collagen production can further exacerbate fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging of the eyelids.
It is common for patients to opt for an upper and lower blepharoplasty during the same surgical visit. However, these are two very different procedures and it is important to know the differences (and benefits) of each.
An upper eyelid lift corrects ptosis, which is the medical condition of drooping eyelids. Eyelid ptosis can be severe enough to affect your vision, and in these instances upper eyelid surgery is often covered by insurance. Determining whether or not you have eyelid ptosis requires a simple, non-invasive in-person examination by your surgeon. Treating ptosis (a medical condition) with upper blepharoplasty requires the exact same procedure as a cosmetic upper eyelid lift—but has the benefit of perhaps being covered for by your insurance. The exact incision placement for your upper blepharoplasty will vary based on you and the severity of the drooping involved, but all incisions are small and easily hidden in the natural crease of the eyelid.
Lower eyelid surgery is always considered cosmetic, so it will likely not be covered by insurance. The goal of lower eyelid surgery is to diminish wrinkles, sagging, and undereye bags. Both upper and lower blepharoplasty can quickly and dramatically improve the appearance of the face, improving youthfulness and appearance. However, keep in mind that removing the lax, crepe-like skin below the eyes is sometimes only part of the process of restoring a more youthful appearance. The “bags” formed are also caused by a natural loss of fat in this area. In some cases, dermal fillers may be recommended in the lower eyelids to restore lost volume. Incisions used during a lower blepharoplasty are well hidden either along the lashline or inside the eyelids.
Blepharoplasty as Part of an Overall Facial Rejuvenation
Many people start to notice their first signs of aging around the eyes, making blepharoplasty one of the first facial plastic surgeries patients consider. However, blepharoplasty can also complement a number of other facial plastic surgeries such as a facelift, mini facelift, or brow lift. Facelifts do not address the upper half of the face, and brow lifts do not address the more intricate issues related to eyelid sagging and wrinkles. A combination of these procedures is often required to achieve the results you want and deserve.
Recovery from Blepharoplasty
Patients are often very pleasantly surprised at how quick the recovery period is for blepharoplasty. Swelling and bruising is common, particularly the day after surgery, but these temporary side effects quickly disappear. The first two days post-surgery, cool compresses can greatly help with the swelling and discomfort. Most blepharoplasty surgery patients require small bandages placed over the incisions for upper blepharoplasty, and stitches may be required for approximately one week. Self-absorbing stitches are often used so patients aren’t required to return for removal of stitches.
In most cases, patients return to the majority of their daily activities 7 – 10 days after their surgery. Two weeks after surgery, most of the swelling and bruising will have completely subsided. Allowing the eyes to rest, which means avoiding looking at screens, is an important part of the healing process. Many patients take one week off of work, both to allow for recovery and to ensure a discreet healing process.
Are you interested in learning more about blepharoplasty? Schedule your consultation for an eyelid lift today by calling Spectrum Plastic Surgery at (480) 579-2090.