Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)
Your eyes tell a lot about you—your age, your mood, even how little sleep you had last night. Sagging upper and/or lower eyelids can age your appearance, inaccurately represent how you are feeling, and in severe cases interfere with your vision. A blepharoplasty can correct sagging eyelid tissue to brighten and open up the eyes. An eyelid lift is one of the best ways to recapture a refreshed and youthful appearance.
Refresh Your Eyes
Dr. Aycock can revitalize the appearance of your eyes by removing excess tissue, tightening loose tissue, and addressing displaced fat in the eyelids. Whether you need an upper eyelid lift, lower eyelid lift, or both, blepharoplasty can help you look younger and refreshed.
Sagging, loose upper eyelids can portray a sad and aged appearance. They can also affect your vision if the excess tissue blocks your full range of sight. If you are tired of looking older than you are, it may be time for an eyelid lift (eyelid tuck). An upper eyelid lift removes the excess skin and tightens the eyelid tissue for a better-functioning upper eyelid as well as a more youthful appearance.
The lower eyelid is highly sensitive skin tissue and is especially vulnerable to the effects of gravity and aging. If this tissue becomes saggy or puffy, it can greatly age the appearance and create a perpetually sad, tired, or grumpy expression. A lower eyelid tuck tightens the tissue and carefully removes or repositions displaced fat to restore a more youthful and natural appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for blepharoplasty?
Most individuals over the age of 18 who have good physical health and do not smoke may be good candidates for blepharoplasty. This procedure is appropriate for either men or women who are interested in correcting upper and/or lower eyelid sagging and heaviness. Candidates are usually at least 30 or older with age-related problems with their eyelid tissue. Blepharoplasty may be especially recommended to individuals whose upper eyelids have begun to sag to the point at which they interfere with vision.
Can lower blepharoplasty correct bags under the eyes?
As we gain weight with age, the natural fatty tissue around the eyes may herniate, creating the puffy appearance often called “undereye bags”. Some individuals may also have a genetic predisposition to develop excess fat in the area beneath the eyes. Conservatively removing excess fat and tightening loose skin where needed with lower blepharoplasty surgery can transform your appearance. The contour of your undereye area can be noticeably improved, the tissues will appear less saggy and puffy, and your overall eye appearance will be more youthfully defined.
How much scarring should I expect?
As with any major surgery, blepharoplasty will leave a surgical scar. For an upper blepharoplasty, this incision is hidden in the natural upper eyelid creases. For a lower blepharoplasty, the incision may be placed just below the lash line or inside the eyelid (depending on the of correction needed). These inconspicuous locations ensure that blepharoplasty scars are well hidden. The degree of scarring may vary from individual to individual. For most patients, surgical scars will fade significantly over time.
What are the risks of blepharoplasty?
The risk of complications exists with any surgery. Risks associated with blepharoplasty include reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, dry or irritated eyes, noticeable scarring, difficulty closing the eyelids, skin discoloration, injury to the eye muscles, and temporarily blurred vision. Dr. Aycock will discuss the benefits and risks of blepharoplasty with you before your procedure so that you can determine whether this procedure is right for you.
How long is blepharoplasty recovery?
Most people plan to take up to one week off from work after a blepharoplasty. You will need to hold off on driving until swelling has subsided and you have full range of vision. Swelling and bruising will improve rapidly during the week after surgery. Dr. Aycock will be there through every step of your recovery to monitor your condition.
How long do the results last?
The results of blepharoplasty are typically long lasting. The best way to ensure long-lasting results is to avoid future weight gain, protect your eyes from the sun, and take good care of the sensitive skin around your eyes.
"Each of us has a different ideal and our own individual anatomy. I listen to you and your body to find options for beautiful and natural results. "
- Joyce Aycock, MD