Are you thinking about an eyelift?
As you age, the shape and texture of your face is going to change. This will also change the shape of your eyes. Your upper eyelids can start to sag to the point that your vision is sometimes affected. Dark circles, swelling and wrinkles can start to appear under your eyes. Fine lines and wrinkles may form at the corners of your eyes. This is all a normal part of aging that will happen to everyone, some more than others. Someone who is in the sun all the time is likely to have more wrinkles and sagging skin than someone who protects their skin from the sun. Your lifestyle and heritage both have a large effect on how your skin ages. We all try to slow down the appearance that we are getting old. Sometimes anti-aging products just are not enough. That’s when we start a search for a surgeon to help put a stop to this madness we call the aging process.
Eyelid surgery, also called an eyelift or blepharoplasty is a popular rejuvenation procedure to help in the anti-aging fight. Your eyelid surgery should be performed either by a board certified plastic surgeon, a facial plastic surgeon or an oculoplastic surgeon. Do your research, look at reviews, before and after pictures and get recommendations from anyone you know that had has an eyelift. The average cost of an eyelid surgery is usually under $5000.
Blepharoplasty can be done on either the upper or lower lids but you can do both at the same time, if necessary. If you choose to have all your eyelids done together, the surgery would last about 2 hours. Most surgeons use a surgery center or a hospital for this anti-aging outpatient procedure. You will likely be sedated and your eyelift performed under local anesthesia.
The upper eyelid surgery will help to correct the sagging skin on your upper lids. If the skin interferes with your sight, sometimes your health insurance provider may cover the surgery. During the procedure, your surgeon with make a small incision usually in the natural crease of your eyelid that will be hidden when healed. Your surgeon will then remove the fatty tissues and sagging skin from your upper lid. This procedure should last you about 5 to 7 years, after that a forehead lift may help with the sagging.
The surgery on the lower lid will involve a tiny incision made either on the inside or on the lash line. Either place, the scar will be invisible. Your surgeon will remove some of the fat tissue so, that you will no longer have that puffy eye look. The lower eyelid surgery usually lasts and never has to be repeated.
Neither of these procedures will eliminate dark circles under your eyes or wrinkles around your eyes. If these are present, an anti-aging treatment of laser resurfacing along with injections can be combined with your eyelid surgery.
8 After eyelift surgery tips and instructions that your surgeon will tell you:
- Have someone with you to drive you home and stay at least one night, so that you are not alone. If you have an emergency during the night or get into a lot of pain, you might need help.
- Apply ice packs to your eyes for the first 24 hours. This should help eliminate some of the swelling and help with pain.
- For the first couple days limit your activities and try to stay relaxed.
- Have your choice of pain relief on hand, just in case your surgeon didn’t give you a prescription for a pain reliever.
- To help reduce swelling, sleep for a few nights with your head elevated on some pillows, higher than you normally would.
- Bruising and swelling should only be minimal, especially if you follow the tips above.
- In approximately 3 to 7 days you will return to your surgeon for suture removal.
- By 10 to 14 days your eyes should be healed and appear perfectly normal.
As with any surgery, there are a few complications for blepharoplasty:
- You could have dry eyes for a week or so following surgery. It is normal to have a small issue with dry eyes after eyelift surgery but if it continues after a couple week than you would need to call your surgeon’s office about it.
- There is the possibility of excess bleeding during surgery.
- You might have more bruising than you expect. Some people bruise worse than others. If you are one of these people than it would probably be something you are already expecting anyway.
- More than likely, you will be given some antibiotic eye drops but there is still always the danger of infection when you have any type of surgery.
- An issue with the ability to completely close your eye or eyes if too much skin is removed would cause you to have to go back into surgery.
- If after your surgery, your eyes didn’t match, you would need to go back to have that corrected.
Keep in mind that complications are rare but do happen. As with any anti-aging procedure, especially surgery, you will want to do a lot of research. Check out the surgeons carefully. After you have narrowed it down to two or three, schedule a consultation with each. Be very picky. Ask at what facility they perform their procedure. Research the facility also, whether it is a surgery center or hospital. Ask about the aftercare beforehand. Find out how the surgeon handles rare issues that may come up. If something happens will this surgeon charge you to fix his mistake? Find out before that mistake happens. Research to see if there are any complaints filed by other patients.
Hope this post help to shed a little light on the whole subject of eyelid surgery. The most important thing is to make an informed decision. You need to be comfortable with your surgeon and the procedure.