Upper Eyelid Lift
Eyelid surgery, commonly known as Blepharoplasty, is an operation to correct frown lines, wrinkles and fat pockets under the eyes. By restoring the contours to the eyelids, and removing excess skin and fatty tissues, eyelid lifts can reduce hooded or droopy eyelids, giving a more youthful look to the eye.
The eyes are the first thing that people often notice about you. The delicate skin around the eyes stretches and wrinkles and the underlying fat may also bulge around the eyes. Loose baggy lids make you look tired and older. The eyebrows may also sag causing crowding of more skin on the upper lids. When severe, the overhanging of skin on the upper lid may obstruct the field of vision.
Blepharoplasty is surgery for the removal of excess skin and fatty tissue from the upper and lower eyelids. The aim is to the give the eyes a more youthful look by eliminating wrinkled folds of skin on the upper lids and bags under the eyes. Expression wrinkles such as crow’s feet and smile lines will not be eliminated with blepharoplasty.
The excess skin and if needed, fat of the upper lid are removed through an incision hidden in the natural eyelid crease.
Some patients have an upper lid lift done as their only procedure, but many patients have this done in combination with other procedures such as removal of lower lid bags or brow lift.
The blepharoplasty procedures are well tolerated and produce excellent results with minimal discomfort. Usually within a week or two after surgery, many patients are able to resume all normal activities. Blepharoplasty provides improvement to the overall face by helping the patient look more alert, healthy, and well rested.
There are many reasons for having an upper eyelid lift. The presence of the following features may indicate that you are a good candidate for an eyelid lift:
1. Loose baggy skin
2. Fat pockets along the upper eyelids
3. Restriction of vision by folds of skin along upper lid
4. Difficulty in applying make-up to the upper lid due to excess skin
5. Heaviness of eyes
6. Eyes appear to be getting smaller
Your oculoplastic surgeon will help you decide as to the most suitable option for you. Contact us to book your consultation
Your initial consultation is extremely important. You should be able to speak freely with your surgeon about your goals and desired outcome. Remember to discuss options such as whether to do all four eye areas or just the upper or lower ones, whether skin as well as fat will be removed, and/or whether any other additional procedures would improve your results.
Risks of blepharoplasty surgery
All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk When eyelid surgery is performed by a qualified oculoplastic surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Nevertheless, there is always a possibility of complications, including infection, scarring etc.
Your surgeon will provide you more detailed information based on your specific requirements.
Preparing for surgery
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly.
Types of anaesthesia
Eyelid surgery is usually performed under local anaesthesia - which numbs the area around your eyes - along with intravenous sedatives. You may prefer to use general anaesthesia; in which case, you'll sleep through the operation.
Blepharoplasty usually takes one to two hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. In a typical procedure, incisions are hidden in the natural creases of your upper lids. Working through these, the surgeon repositions excess fat, and often trims sagging skin and muscle. The incisions are then closed with very fine sutures.
After surgery, you will be asked to lubricate your eyes with drops or ointments and a bandage may be applied for the first night. Your eyelids may feel tight for a few days. Bruising varies from person to person: it reaches its peak during the first week, and generally lasts up to two weeks.
The stitches will be removed a week after surgery.
Getting back to normal
You should be able to read or watch television the next day. Most people feel ready to go out in public (and back to work) in about 10 days. Your surgeon will probably tell you to avoid more strenuous activities for about three weeks. You may also be told to avoid alcohol, since it causes fluid retention.
The new look
Healing is a gradual process, and your scars may remain slightly pink for six months or more after surgery. Eventually, though, they should fade to a thin, nearly invisible white line.