What is an Eyelid Lift?
An eye lift, or blepharoplasty, is one of the most popular procedures in plastic surgery, commonly performed on the upper lids but also on the lower lids. Conducted exclusively or in conjunction with other plastic surgery on the face, patients elect to undergo an eyelid lift to correct excess skin and fat from around the eyes.
Reasons to get Eyelid surgery
The effects of ageing can cause the eyelids to stretch and droop as the supporting structures around them weaken. Excess fat may consequently herniate above and below the eyes, making eyebrows sag and bagginess to become more prominent. Eyelid surgery removes the superfluous skin, and fat from the eyelids, and tightens the supporting structures, resulting in a more youthful, alert appearance and improving peripheral vision.
Eyelid Lift Surgical Procedure
Lifts to the upper eyelids are usually performed under sedation or local anaesthetic as a day procedure. Surgery to the lower eyelids is slightly more complex requiring a general anaesthetic in hospital, but it is still managed as a day case.
If surgery is to be performed on the upper and lower eyelids (double eyelid surgery), the upper eyelids are typically corrected first. The fold of the eyelid is incised, then excess skin, fat and muscle is removed, and the cut is closed. In the lower lid, the incision is made just below the lashes in the eye’s natural crease, or inside the lid.
The crease of the upper eyelid will be stitched. The end of the stitch may protrude a little from each end of the wound. A piece of tape is usually applied to secure the thread to the skin. Care must be taken if the tape comes loose or falls off so as not to accidentally detach the stitch prematurely. The sutures are removed around a week post-surgery.
Eyelid surgery recovery
Post-surgery there will be swelling and bruising around the eyes that may last for about two weeks. Patients may feel some tightness, blurriness and possible irritation around the eyes for several days. Wearing darkly tinted sunglasses when outside during this recovery phase helps the eyes to readjust to sensitivities to light and protects the delicate eyelid skin. Contact lens wearers are asked to abstain from putting them into the eyes for about two weeks after surgery.
Using ice packs on the eyes the night after surgery and the following day can alleviate some of the pain or discomfort and reduce swelling around the eyes. Eyedrops or ointments may be prescribed to keep the surgical site clean and to assist healing.
Heavy lifting, swimming and strenuous exercise needs to be avoided for at least a week while recovering. Most patients can return to work after a fortnight of recuperation. It is usually safe to apply cosmetics to the eyes after this time. Many patients enjoy the results of the surgery for the rest of their life.
Our Adelaide Plastic Surgeons
When you come into our practice, your eyelid surgeon will sit down with you to talk about the procedure. It is important to be clear about your intended outcomes from the operation, and make plans to perform the eye lift surgery safely and accurately. Our team will discuss the risks involved with the procedure and any possible complications.
Contact Dr Turner’s office to make an appointment to talk with our surgical team about the blepharoplasty procedure and how eyelid surgery can restore your outlook on life.