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EYELID LIFT

For Whom Eyelid Lift is Suitable?

Eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, is suitable for individuals who have excess skin or fat around their eyes, which can make them look tired or older than they are. This procedure can help improve the appearance of the upper and/or lower eyelids, giving the eyes a more refreshed and youthful look. Eyelid lift is commonly performed on individuals over the age of 35, but younger patients may also benefit from this procedure if they have a genetic predisposition to droopy or sagging eyelids.

 

When Eyelid Lift is not Suitable?

Eyelid lift may not be suitable for individuals who have underlying medical conditions such as glaucoma, dry eye syndrome, or thyroid problems. Patients who have certain eye infections or diseases may also not be eligible for eyelid lift. Additionally, individuals who smoke or have high blood pressure may not be good candidates for this surgery. It's important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if eyelid lift is a safe and appropriate option for you.

What techniques are Used in Eyelid Lift?

There are two main techniques used in eyelid lift surgery: traditional and transconjunctival. In the traditional technique, incisions are made along the natural crease of the upper eyelid or just below the lower lash line to remove excess skin and fat. The transconjunctival technique involves making an incision inside the lower eyelid to remove fat, without removing any skin. Your plastic surgeon will determine which technique is best suited for your specific needs and desired outcomes.

Preparation for Eyelid Lift Surgery

Before eyelid lift surgery, patients should avoid smoking and taking certain medications that can increase the risk of bleeding. It's important to disclose all medications and supplements to the plastic surgeon during the consultation. Patients may also need to undergo certain medical tests prior to surgery to ensure they are healthy enough to undergo the procedure.

Risks of Eyelid Lift Surgery

Like any surgery, eyelid lift carries some risks, including bleeding, infection, scarring, and vision changes. Patients may also experience temporary numbness, swelling, or bruising around the eyes after surgery. It's important to follow all post-operative instructions provided by the plastic surgeon to minimize the risk of complications.

Procedure for Eyelid Lift Surgery

Eyelid lift surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure generally takes 1-3 hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. During the procedure, the plastic surgeon will make incisions, remove excess skin and/or fat, and close the incisions with sutures. Patients can expect to go home on the same day as the surgery.

Healing Process Post OP

Following eyelid lift surgery, patients will need to rest and avoid strenuous activities for several days. Cold compresses can be applied to the eyes to reduce swelling and bruising. Patients should also avoid rubbing or touching their eyes and use prescription eye drops as directed. Most patients are able to return to work and normal activities within 7-10 days after surgery. Full recovery may take several weeks to several months.

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