Sagging eyelids and bags under your eyes can make you look sleepy, even when you’re not. This constant appearance of being tired can age your face considerably. It’s important to address this situation immediately in order to restore your beauty and youthfulness.
Blepharoplasty for Cosmetic and Functional Concerns
Age, pollution, and decline in skin laxity can result in the skin around our eyes losing elasticity and volume. Blepharoplasty, also known as eye-lift surgery, is one of the best ways to gain a long-term reprieve from sagging eyelids, wrinkles, puffiness, and bags.
The eye lift is a great way to work on the aesthetics and elasticity of the muscles and skin around the eyes. Sometimes, sagging eyelid skin can also block peripheral vision. Correction of this issue can be achieved with the help of an eye lift.
An Eye-Lift Consultation
As part of a consultation at our office, Dr. Wali will examine your eyes and inform you if the eye lift is the right solution for you. He will analyze the amount of lift needed and will chart a surgical plan for you.
Be sure to inform the doctor if you’re on medication or are allergic to anything. This will help him choose the right anesthetic and post-surgical medication for you.
Ideal candidates for the eye lift are people above the age of 35 who have signs of droopy eyelids.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
The eye lift starts with the doctor administering the anesthesia. General anesthesia is the preferred method and will be discussed with you during your consultation.
There are two aspects to eye-lift surgery: the upper-eyelid surgery and the lower-eyelid surgery. You can choose to get either or both of these procedures done. If both are being performed, the upper-eyelid surgery will be performed first.
In the upper-eyelid surgery, Dr. Wali makes an incision along the natural line of your upper eyelids and dissects the sagging tissues from the eyelids. He tightens the muscles around the eyelids, removes sagging muscle tissue, trims away excess skin, and tightens the remaining skin. Incisions are closed with the help of surgical stitches.
The lower-eyelid surgery follows a similar route. The incision is created either within the lower eyelid or along the lash line of the lower lid. Excess fat is repositioned or removed as needed, and other types of tissue are tightened or removed.
Since the eye lift is an invasive treatment procedure, recovery time is required. Mild discomfort, swelling, bruising, and tenderness are common after surgery, as is dryness in the eyes. The doctor may prescribe medication for these, and the post-surgical symptoms will disappear in a week or two.
Do not use your eyes too much for a week. Do not rub your eyes, apply makeup, or use contacts for a few days. Keep ice cubes, soft washcloths, and soft gauze with you to cool your eyes and to clean them regularly.
Typically, after two weeks, you should be able to see with ease and should no longer experience any swelling, bruising, or discomfort.
The effects of an upper-eye lift can last up to 10 years. The lower-eye lift is a permanent solution and can be supplemented by dermal fillers or Botox at a later date.
Make an Appointment to Learn More
Speaking with skilled board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dev Wali is the best way to learn more about what an eye lift can do for you. To schedule your consultation, contact our office.