Eyelid Aesthetics (Eye lift or Blepharoplasty)
The most common reason why patients consider an Eyelid Aesthetics surgery is droopy eyelids. By removing excess eyelid skin and tighten the skin a more alert, youthful appearance can be created. When we become older the skin on the lower eyelid causes wrinkles and swellings. On the upper eyelids, an excess of skin can hang over the eyelashes and get in the way of seeing. This gives a general appearance of aging. Upper eyelid surgery can last at least five to ten years. Lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be repeated. Of course, your eyes will still age after the procedure. If your lids sag again, a forehead lift rather than another eye lift is often the appropriate procedure.
As skin ages, it increasingly loses its flexibility. A lack of elasticity gravity causes unnecessary skin to collect on the upper and lower eyelids. This is considered as not a Eyelid Aesthetics feature.
The fat that cushions the eyeball from the skull can also cause bulges in the upper and lower eyelids. The thin membrane that holds the fat in place weakens with age, letting the fat come forward into the lids.
Blepharoplasty can remove excess skin, muscle and sometimes fat from the upper or lower eyelids. In some cases, you might need only skin removed but not muscle — or you might need the procedure done on both upper and lower eyelids.
An upper eyelid lift should not be confused with upper eyelid ptosis surgery, which is a procedure to raise the position of the upper eyelid margin. This technique involves tightening the muscle that normally elevates it. Eyelid Aesthetics sometimes can elevate an upper eyelid margin slightly if the heaviness of the excessive skin actually is weighing down the upper eyelid, causing it to droop.
Surgery on the upper eyelids generally involves:
- Making a cut (incision) along the eyelid crease in the natural skin fold of the eyelid.
- Removing excess skin, fat or muscle.
- Closing up the incision, the scar will be hidden in the natural fold of the eyelid.
Surgery on the lower eyelids generally involves:
- Making an incision either just below the lower lashes or on the inside of the eyelid.
- Moving or removing fat from the bags under the eyes, and sometimes also a small amount of skin.
- Supporting the muscles and tendon of the eyelid if necessary.
- The surgeon will normally apply thin, sticky strips called suture strips to support the eyelids after surgery. These are usually removed up to a week later.
- An upper blepharoplasty may take about one hour. Surgery on the lower lid may take up to two hours. Most patients can go home the same day.
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