The eyes are a focal point of the face, revealing a lot about our age and impacting our entire facial appearance. Even the most vigorous facial routines are no match for fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Unfortunately, some features of the face are only correctable through surgery.
An eyelid lift can correct droopy eyelids and reduce the appearance of “fat bags.” In addition to removing superficial signs of aging, an eyelid lift may improve peripheral vision as sagging eyelid skin may obstruct your field of vision. By removing excess fat and skin around the eyes, a younger looking appearance may be achieved along with a more alert and refreshed facial appearance.
Eyelid Lift Can Improve
- Loose or sagging skin in the upper eyelids
- Excess fatty deposits causing puffiness
- Bags beneath the lower eyelids
- Drooping lower eyelids
- Excess skin of the lower eyelid
An eyelid lift can be performed with anesthesia ranging from local to general anesthesia. Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker typically performs eyelid lift procedures with relaxation medications and local anesthesia to minimize recovery and maintain comfort. For upper eyelid procedures, Dr. Whitaker camouflages the incision in the natural creases of the upper eyelid and smile creases through which she will remove excess fat deposits and remove excess skin. For lower eyelid procedures, Dr. Whitaker camouflages the incision along the lower lash line and smile creases of the lower eyelid through which she can remove or reposition the fat deposits and remove the excess skin. Some patients with puffiness under the eye but no significant excess skin may be candidates for removing fat from the inside of the eyelid without an external incision. Incisions are closed with absorbable sutures. Typically, eyelid lift surgery takes half an hour to an hour to complete and creates a more youthful and refreshed facial appearance.
Bruising and swelling occur with any procedure but typically resolve in one to two weeks, although healing continues over weeks to months. Patients may experience irritated or dry eyes and some discomfort temporarily, but oral medications and topical drops and ointment usually alleviate these symptoms.
During the healing process, you should protect your eyes and incisions from significant sun exposure. Eyelid lift surgery can reverse signs of aging, but the procedure does not halt the aging process. With a healthy lifestyle and proper skin care, patients can usually anticipate long-lasting results. Once fully recovered and the swelling and bruising have subsided, patients will notice a smoother, more defined eyelid area. Overall, patients can look forward to a refreshed and rejuvenated facial appearance.
If you are interested in eyelid lift surgery, schedule your consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker today! You can contact us by calling (678) 606-3223 (FACE) or by filling out our online contact form.