Aesthetic issues surrounding the eyelids can greatly affect our daily appearance. If you can relate, you may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty, or an eyelid lift. An eyelid lift doesn’t have to be done on both eyelids. It can be done on the upper or lower eyelid alone, it depends on the issues that need to be addressed. How do you know if you need an upper or lower eyelid lift?
How The Eyes Age
Over time, the skin around the eyes becomes thinner and less elastic. This causes the upper eyelids to sag and hood over the eyelash. Fat deposits also develop above and below the eyes. An eyelid lift is the ideal way to rejuvenate the eyes and regain a fresher, younger appearance.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)
Blepharoplasty is a popular procedure that can lift and rejuvenate the eyes. Eyelid surgery may be performed on its own, or in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as a brow lift or forehead lift.
Eyelid surgery is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Surgery can take 1-3 hours depending on the areas that need to be corrected. After the operation, patients can expect to experience some swelling and bruising in the treated area. The eyes will also be more sensitive to light for the first few days. Some patients may experience double vision that can last for up to 2 weeks. However, most patients are able to return to work after one week.
Upper Eyelid Lift
An upper eyelid lift targets the loose, saggy skin on the upper eyelids. This excess skin can affect the appearance of the face, and in some cases interfere with vision.
The incisions for upper eyelid surgery are typically made in the natural crease of the upper eyelids, so scars are not noticeable after healing. The procedure is often done in combination with a brow lift in order to fully rejuvenate the eyes.
Lower Eyelid Lift
A lower eyelid lift is the ideal remedy for puffiness under the eyes as a result of excess skin and fat. Surgery on the lower eyelid involves removing excess skin and fatty deposits to refresh the appearance of the lower eyelids.
There are different techniques that can be used to perform the lower eyelid lift. Incisions are often made just below the eyelashes, so no scars are visible after healing.
Do You Need an Upper or Lower Eyelid Lift?
Whether you need to undergo an upper or lower eyelid lift (or both), will depend on the specific issues you need corrected in the eye area.
When You Need an Upper Eyelid Lift
You may need an upper eyelid lift if your eyelid skin is relaxed and droopy, or if you have bulging of the upper eyelids as a result of excess fat deposits. The drooping of the upper eyelids, known medically as ptosis, is usually caused by the decline in skin elasticity. An upper eyelid lift will eliminate ‘hooded’ upper eyelids and remove fatty deposits.
During an upper eyelid lift the surgeon will trim away the extra skin, remove the fat, and reposition the muscles if needed. This will make the eyes look more alert and refreshed.
When You Need an Lower Eyelid Lift
You may need a lower eyelid lift if you have bags under your eyes, and the under-eye area is puffy and has fine wrinkles. Bags below the eyes occur because of the downward shift of the fat that normally supports the eyes. The fat weakens with age and often moves into the area below the eyes, causing it to appear puffy. A lower eyelid lift will address this puffiness.
The lower eyelid lift involves the removal of any excess fat and skin, as well as some muscle. The fat below the eyes may also be redistributed in order to further reduce puffiness and swelling.