There have been many fantastic advances in surgical technology and understanding of the aging process over the past ten years. This has made it possible for a skilled plastic surgeon to place the soft tissue back into the proportion that it was when you were younger. A eyelid lift procedure, termed a blepharoplasty, is no longer a simple matter of removing excess skin, fat and muscle. It is a skillful rearranging of these structures that gives the area an increase in volume covering the underlying bony features and blending the eyelid area into the cheeks with gentle curves. When done correctly you can expect to appear younger and have a more alert personality.
The surgical procedure to correct these signs of aging around the eyes will remove the droopy eyelids and bags under eyes. It will eliminate the puffiness around the eyes caused by bulging fat.
An eyelid lift is performed should be performed by a qualified plastic or oculoplastic surgeon. It is typically done either in an outpatient facility or in a certified office operating. Most patients can expect the procedure to take several hours. Some patients prefer intravenous sedation, general anesthesia or may be comfortable using local anesthesia with oral sedation.
The patient is usually carefully marked in the upright position prior to surgery. It is extremely important that the incision be placed in areas that will heal well and once healed with be cosmetically hidden. Skillful planning, observation and diligence are requirements for a successful outcome. After the eyelids have been injected with a local anesthetic the surgery is begun. For the upper an incision is made within the natural crease of the upper eyelid. For the lower eyelid it is made just below the lower lash line. The first step for the upper eyelids is to remove the excess skin. The amount of skin removal is usually determined prior to surgery. This is why the pre-operative marking are vitally important. Next the muscle layer is assessed. In the past a strip of the eyelid muscle was routinely removed. This is not the case today. For many individuals a surgeon may opt to keep the muscle intact, maintaining the fullness of the lid. If the muscle is thickened or hypertrophied then some may be removed. The next step is the removal or trimming of any bulging fat. If there are deep vertical creases between the eyebrows the surgeon my elect to remove a portion of the corragator muscles. These are thin muscles located above the orbital rim.
Careful attention to detail, skilled execution and refined techniques will lead to an uneventful recovery from eyelid surgery. By making good choices and educating yourself about the surgical procedure you will achieve your goal and meet all reasonable expectations.
Restore a youthful appearance by correcting droopy eyelids and removing the puffiness around your eyes with eyelid lift procedures performed by an experienced and certified.