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Whether you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing functional problems with your eyelids, eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes. Eyelid surgery can be performed on adults of all ages. Some of our eyelid surgery patients undergo this procedure to correct problems that are a result of aging, while others have inherited traits that cause them to seek treatment as early as their 20s or 30s.
Because of individual factors, not everyone will achieve the same results from Eyelid Surgery. Your GraceMed surgeon will select the surgical technique that he feels will obtain the best outcome for you.
Upper eyelid lift surgery allows your surgeon to remove excess skin and fatty tissue that creates the appearance of droopy, inflated eyelids. While the fat deposits, loose skin, and drooping of the eyelids typically occur due to the natural aging process, this simple procedure can reverse the hands of time to restore a youthful, refreshed appearance. Also, the fat underneath the skin can protrude, which causes abnormal puffiness of the upper eyelid, and this can happen early on in life. For Upper Eyelid Surgery, generally, an incision is hidden within the natural fold of the upper eyelid and extends slightly beyond the outside corner into the laugh lines or other existing creases. Through this incision, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed. Because the incision follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it will be well camouflaged when healed.
Lower eyelid surgery will correct puffiness, bags, and fine wrinkles in the lower eyelids. Upper eyelid surgery is performed similarly in most patients, lower eyelid surgery is performed in many ways. The reason for that is the anatomy of the lower eyelids and, the changes brought about by aging present challenges that are totally unique. For Lower Eyelid Surgery, often an incision is hidden just below the lower lashes. Through this incision, excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed, or fat may be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges. Other adjustments to correct special problems such as muscle laxity may be performed. Like Upper Eyelid Surgery, the incision is hidden by natural creases.
Double Eyelid Surgery
Double eyelid surgery is a unique segment of Asian plastic cosmetic surgery and concerns the formation of the double eyelid. Many Asians are born with a single eyelid fold. The eyelid skin can encroach on the eyelid margin and eyelashes and make the eye look smaller. The creation of a double eyelid can decrease this anatomical variant and give the eye the appearance of being larger and more open. The double eyelid crease makes the eye look bigger because of the shadow it creates on the face. This shadow associates the darker iris (in contrast to the stark white sclera) to give the illusion of a bigger eye.
Straining, bending, and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative period. In many instances, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities within ten days or less. Although you might feel like going back to work just a few days after surgery, your vision may still be slightly blurry which could make reading or other paperwork more difficult. You should not wear contact lenses for a week or two.
Generally, most people who have this procedure are extremely happy – Eyelid Surgery has a 95% “Worth It” rating on RealSelf.
Before / After
Commonly Asked Questions
How will I look after my eyelid lift?
It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals. The first evening after surgery, you should rest quietly with your head elevated. Your GraceMed surgeon may instruct you to apply cold compresses to your eyelids. Remember, you must not take aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications.
Initially, you may feel a “tight” sensation around the eyes and some mild discomfort that can be controlled with oral medication. During the first 48 hours following surgery, patients experience varying degrees of swelling and bruising. Some patients find that mild swelling persists for several weeks, while others may see swelling resolve in as little as one week. Bruising typically disappears within seven to ten days. Within the first week, you will be permitted to use makeup, if desired, to conceal any discoloration. Stitches are usually removed within a week after surgery.
Your vision may continue to be somewhat blurry for a few days or longer. Your eyes may be temporarily sensitive to light, and you may experience excess tearing or dryness. You may want to wear dark sunglasses for a couple of weeks to protect your eyes from wind and sun irritation.
When can I resume my normal activities after my eyelid surgery?
Straining, bending and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative period. In many instances, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities within ten days or less. Although you might feel like going back to work just a few days after surgery, your vision may still be slightly blurry which could make reading or other paperwork more difficult. You should not wear contact lenses for a week or two.
When should I see results of my eyelid surgery?
Eyelid Surgery has the effect of making you look more rested, refreshed and alert. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several weeks to get an accurate picture of the results of your Eyelid Surgery. Incisions will fade over a number of months until they become barely visible.
How long will my eyelid surgery results last?
The results of Eyelid Surgery are long lasting, but they may be affected by your heredity and lifestyle factors. Removal of fat from your eyelids, which is usually the cause of puffiness and bags, is permanent, and these conditions generally will not recur. The skin continues to age, however, and skin laxity along the fine wrinkling of the eyelid area may, at some point, return. Sometimes a loss of tone in the forehead causes additional sagging of the eyebrows, which mimics a recurrence of drooping upper eyelids. This condition can be resolved by pursuing a secondary eyelid lift or forehead lift in Burlington.
Even though the aging process continues, patients are usually happy with their appearance for many years following eyelid surgery. Some patients find that they want to make additional improvements at a later time.