Eyelid Lift or Blepharoplasty
Equivalent to gaining 10 years of beauty sleep, eyelid surgery or eyelid lift or blepharoplasty can do wonders to making you look more rested. As we age, the skin above our eyes droops or sags over time, either making one look old and tired, or possibly even impairing your ability to see. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, is a procedure to surgically remove excess skin or protruding fat above and below the eyes to improve the hooding effect that is weighing them down and possibly also impairing your vision. This procedure aims to lift and firm what creams and serums can’t.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who do not suffer from any pre-existing eye conditions. Patients with an overactive thyroid gland may not qualify for eyelid surgery due to the increased risk of swelling and other problems around the eyes. Eyelid surgery is perfect for patients of any ethnicity who are seeking to reduce the appearance of aging around their eyes. Most often, candidates are patients whose vision becomes limited due to drooping skin of the upper eyelids. These patients are often told they “look tired” or “look angry” even when they are not.
An eyelid lift involves removing the excess skin and fat of the upper and lower eyelids. It is performed with either light sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the case.
Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is performed in the office using local anesthesia or under moderate sedation in an operating room. Small incisions are made in the natural creases of your eye. Dr. Kim then carefully removes excess fat and skin from the upper and lower eyelids. The incisions are closed and the scars become invisible, healing in the natural creases of the eye. The procedure is accomplished in an outpatient setting. Most patients return to home after only a few hours. Recovery is usually one to two weeks, at which time patients may return to work and non-strenuous activities. Mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising are common the first week or two after surgery. Most patients feel confident returning to their public and social lives in 7-10 days. Dr. Kim speeds up her patient’s recovery time, and reduces bruising or swelling, by recommending oral vitamin C, topical arnica, and ice during the recovery process. Detailed postoperative and aftercare instructions will be provided to each patient.