Medically Reviewed April 2023, by Dr. Ayad Harb, one of the world's leading plastic surgeons
Eyelid Lift, professionally known as Blepharoplasty, is a highly regarded surgical procedure that targets sagging or drooping eyelids which often arise from aging, genetics, or environmental factors. The surgery is specifically tailored to address the unique needs of each patient, focusing on either the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, to remove or reposition excess skin, muscle, and fat.
For many individuals, the eyelid area is one of the first parts of the face to show signs of aging. Excess skin on the upper eyelids can create a tired appearance and may even impair vision. Puffiness or under-eye bags in the lower eyelids contribute to an aged and fatigued look. An Eyelid Lift serves to reverse these changes, revitalizing the eyes and restoring a youthful, alert appearance.
The procedure begins with a detailed consultation to evaluate the patient's unique anatomy and discuss specific goals and expectations. The upper eyelid surgery aims to improve visual obstruction caused by sagging skin and enhance the aesthetics of the eye. Lower eyelid surgery focuses on reducing puffiness or under-eye bags, leading to a more rejuvenated look.
An Eyelid Lift is performed under local or general anesthesia and typically takes 1 to 2 hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure. The incisions are strategically placed within the natural folds and creases of the eyelids to ensure minimal visible scarring. Through these incisions, the surgeon carefully removes excess skin and fat and may tighten the underlying muscle.
After the procedure, patients may experience mild swelling and bruising, which usually subsides within a week. Cold compresses and elevating the head can minimize these effects. Any discomfort can typically be managed with prescribed medication.
Follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor healing progress, and sutures are often removed within a week. Most patients resume normal activities within a few days and return to work within a week.
The results of an Eyelid Lift are immediately noticeable, with final outcomes apparent within a few months as the healing process concludes. The eyes appear more open, alert, and youthful. For many patients, the removal of excess skin leads to improved peripheral vision.
An Eyelid Lift does not stop the aging process, but the results are long-lasting. The positive effects of the procedure can endure for several years, significantly enhancing both functional and aesthetic aspects of the eyes.
With the SRGN clinic's state-of-the-art technology and our team of skilled surgeons who are committed to delivering individualized care, an Eyelid Lift is an appealing and safe option for those wishing to rejuvenate their appearance. The procedure’s transformative impact on the appearance can instill a newfound sense of self-confidence and vitality, reinforcing the patient's connection between internal well-being and external beauty.
Limited for the first 24 hours
48 hours post-surgery
48 hours post-surgery, if vision is unobstructed
Ideal candidates for an Eyelid Lift are typically individuals who experience drooping or sagging eyelids, puffiness, under-eye bags, or those whose peripheral vision is obstructed by excessive upper eyelid skin. Age, genetics, and lifestyle factors often contribute to these conditions. It's important for candidates to be in good general health, without any serious eye conditions. Non-smokers or those willing to quit smoking before and after surgery are generally preferred, as smoking can hinder the healing process. Psychological readiness and realistic expectations are equally crucial. Your surgeon at SRGN will conduct a thorough examination, including a review of your medical history, to determine if this procedure is suitable for you.
Like any surgical procedure, an Eyelid Lift does carry some risks and potential complications, though they are rare and typically minor when the surgery is performed by an experienced professional. Risks might include infection, dry eyes, temporary visual changes, and minor scarring. Bleeding, swelling, or difficulty closing the eyes might occur but are usually temporary. In extremely rare cases, there may be injury to eye muscles. It's vital to discuss your specific concerns with your surgeon at SRGN during the consultation process, so they can outline the risks in detail and describe the measures taken to minimize them. Following the surgeon's preoperative and postoperative instructions will further mitigate risks.
The results of an Eyelid Lift are long-lasting, often enduring for several years. The procedure effectively turns back the clock on aging in the treated area, but it cannot stop the natural aging process. As time passes, gradual changes may occur, but the eyes will continue to appear younger than if the surgery had never been performed. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including proper skincare and sun protection, can extend the longevity of the results. Follow-up procedures or complementary non-surgical treatments might be recommended to maintain the rejuvenated appearance. Your surgeon at SRGN will provide specific guidance tailored to your individual needs and goals.
One of the key advantages of an Eyelid Lift is that the incisions are strategically made within the natural creases and folds of the eyelids, making the scars virtually invisible once healed. Your surgeon at SRGN will use meticulous techniques to ensure minimal scarring, and proper postoperative care can further assist in the healing process. Over time, any faint scars will typically fade and blend into the surrounding skin. If scarring is a particular concern for you, discuss this with your surgeon during your consultation. They will explain the incision techniques that will be used and what you can expect in terms of scarring specifically for your unique situation.
Yes, it is indeed common and often beneficial to combine an Eyelid Lift with other facial rejuvenation procedures. By addressing multiple areas of the face simultaneously, patients can achieve a more harmonious and comprehensive transformation. Procedures such as a facelift, brow lift, or dermal fillers can complement the results of an Eyelid Lift. Your surgeon at SRGN will conduct a thorough evaluation of your facial anatomy and discuss your aesthetic goals to recommend a personalized combination of procedures that will best meet your needs. Combining procedures can also have the advantage of consolidating recovery time, allowing for a more efficient overall process in reaching your desired appearance.