About Eyelid Lifts
A philosopher once wrote, “The eyes are the window to the soul.” No truer words have been written. The eyes convey emotion and intention, they are the center point for human interaction, and most importantly – they provide us our arguably most important sense: sight.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid lifts, are surgical procedures to correct drooping, baggy or sagging eyelids. Surgery can treat the upper lid, the lower lid, or both at one time. Because the eyelid skin is thinner, it is one of the first facial structures to show age. Sagging upper eyelids can give the appearance of sadness, worry, or anger. Lower eyelid bags can make one appear tired or sad. For our patients, they report stories of colleagues asking them if they are angry or upset, simply because of the appearance of their eyelids rather than their actual emotion. Additionally, upper eyelid sagging can also impact vision. Surgery to the upper or lower eyelids can have a disproportionately positive impact on your appearance when performed well.
Who is a candidate for eyelid surgery?
The best candidate for eyelid surgery is a physically healthy man or woman who has realistic expectations and is looking to improve the appearance of drooping upper eyelids and/or puffy bags beneath the eyes. Eyelid surgery typically takes between one and three hours to complete and can be performed in the office or at the outpatient surgery center.
What is recovery like from eyelid surgery?
Recovery from eyelid surgery is usually 1-2 weeks, with social downtime of 7-10 days. Results can be seen quickly, as there can be a dramatic improvement in appearance even early on in recovery. Patients generally report mild bruising and swelling, but do not typically complain of pain.