Eyelid Lift or Blepharoplasty
Equivalent to gaining ten years of beauty sleep, eyelid surgery (or blepharoplasty) can do wonders to make you look younger and more rested. As we age, the skin above our eyes starts to droop and sag, either making you look older and tired, or possibly even impairing your ability to see. An eyelid lift is a procedure used to surgically remove excess skin or protruding fat above and below the eyes to improve the hooding effect that is weighing them down. This procedure aims to refresh your appearance by addressing the sagging skin on your upper eyelids and chronic puffiness under your eyes, lifting and firming where creams and serums no longer can.
If you have started to notice a “heaviness” or sagging appearance to your upper eyelids, or have constant puffiness or swelling under your eyes, Walnut Creek Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Haena Kim of HK Facial Plastic Surgery can help.
Eyelid Surgery Candidates
Eyelid surgery is perfect for Walnut Creek patients of any ethnicity who are seeking to reduce the appearance of aging around their eyes. Because the skin on your eyelids is thinner and more delicate than anywhere else on your body, it is more susceptible to damage. As you age, not only does the thin skin of your eyelids begin to stretch and lose elasticity, but the muscles that support your eyelids start to weaken. 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, and may have other eye issues, including:
- Dark circles or bags under your eyes
- Excess skin or wrinkles on your eyelids
- Excess skin on the upper lids that droops and interferes with your vision
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are Walnut Creek 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.
How is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
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.
Drooping or sagging eyelids can be the result of several factors (including a potentially serious medical condition), so before considering cosmetic surgery, you should consult with your doctor to ensure that the issues you are having aren’t caused by something other than the natural aging process. Once you’ve been cleared of any potential medical concerns, you can take the next step towards fixing the problem.
An eyelid lift is performed as an outpatient procedure, and you can choose to lift either your upper or lower lids, or both. For the upper eyelids, Dr. Kim begins the surgery by making tiny incisions along the natural contours in the lids and around the eyes, designed so that there is no visible scarring. She will carefully remove any excess skin, remove or reposition fatty deposits, and tighten the muscles of the eyelid. Lower eyelids are completed next, using an incision placed just below your lash line. Dr. Kim then removes excess skin and fatty deposits to eliminate puffiness and reduce the appearance of dark circles. The incisions are closed, and the scars become invisible, healing in the natural creases of the eye.
Eyelid surgery is performed right in our office using local anesthesia or moderate sedation. The procedure takes between one to three hours (depending on if you are getting both the upper and lower lids done) and most patients return home after only a few hours. If necessary, once you have healed from your surgery, you may decide to further enhance your results with Botox or fillers.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Recovery after eyelid surgery usually takes one to two weeks, after which time patients may return to work and any other non-strenuous activities. Mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising are common the first week or two after surgery, and most patients feel confident returning to their public and social lives in a week or so. 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.
Your final results will appear within two to three weeks after surgery, and these results are considered long-lasting. Your eyes will continue to age naturally, so there may be a bit of sagging over time, but nothing that will dramatically affect your results.
If you notice that your eyelids are sagging or that you have chronic undereye bags, making you look older or adversely affecting the function of your eyes, and eyelid lift may be the solution for you. Call HK Facial Plastic Surgery today at 510-570-1566 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim.