Blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift surgery, can remove the excess skin on your upper and lower eyelid area and minimize the puffiness around your eyes – features that make you look older and more tired looking than you are. In severe cases, the excess upper eyelid skin and fat may actually droop down and interfere with your vision. Eyelid lift surgery restores the normal skin tone to your eyelid area and provides you with a more rested and youthful appearance.
Eyelid lift surgery can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial plastic surgery, such as a face lift, brow lift, or other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a chemical peel. Whether eyelid surgery would require surgery on your upper eyelids, lower eyelids or all four eyelids depends on your goals and your current eyelid anatomy.
Incisions for the upper and lower eyelid surgery are hidden in the natural creases in your upper eyelid area. The surgery removes some of the excess eyelid fat as well as the excess skin with scars that are invisible after healing.
Eyelid lift surgery is done in the office under local anesthetic with monitored IV sedation. You will have a light sleep for 1-2 hours and be going home within a half-hour after the operation. Eyelid surgery is very safe. Recovery from the surgery is quick, pain is minimal and bruising is often resolved within a week. You should plan on being swollen for the first week after the operation and most people go back to work ~ 1 week to 10 days after eyelid surgery.
The incisions are located in the upper eyelids – incisions that are hidden in the natural crease of your eyelids. Additional incisions maybe required under the eyelashes of the lower eyelid. The incisions allow removal of the excess skin and the bulging fat. The surgery scars often fade rapidly and are barely noticeable once the healing is complete. The result is a natural, youthful appearance with a less tired look.
Medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, Graves’ disease, chronic dry eyes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease may make eyelid lift surgery more risky. A detached retina or glaucoma is also reason for caution. Eyelid surgery alone won’t lift sagging eyebrows, that requires a brow lift. Eyelid lift surgery also will not remove the dark circles around your eyes. However, skin rejuvenation methods such as a chemical peel will relieve the dark circles around your eyes when done in conjunction with eyelid lift surgery.
You are welcome to visit our office for a consultation to see additional patient photos and learn about the cost of procedure. We perform outpatient surgery for patients throughout the greater Western Washington area. For patients from Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, we coordinate reduced rate accommodations at several high-quality hotels that are within walking distance of our office and downtown Seattle.