An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a procedure that helps correct drooping, heavy eyelids, excessive skin and to add or remove fat from the eyelids. It can also correct puffy eyelids resulting from excess fatty tissue. The most common causes of this type of eyelid are age and genetics.
Upper eyelid excess skin and fat can create a heavy looking eyelid, aged appearance, puffiness, and sometimes block the upper field of vision. Upper blepharoplasty is performed to remove excess skin and fat and can improve the field of vision. Upper blepharoplasty surgery uses incisions to allow for removal of skin and fat. A thin stitch is then used to bring the skin together to allow for a creation of an eyelid crease.
Lower blepharoplasty can be performed to remove excess skin and improve the contour of the eyelid by adding or removing fat. The ideal candidate has eyes that appear swollen and tired. Sometimes tightening the eyelid is needed to correct sagging, while laser skin resurfacing can be used to improve wrinkles and skin texture. Lower eyelid surgery can involve skin incisions directly below the lash line or an incision on the inside of the eyelid, called a transconjunctival approach. The transconjunctival approach allows for access to the eyelid without visible incisions, making this technique perfect for patients who need fat removed or added.The incision is closed, and the end result is eyes that appear more alert, alive and less irritated*.
Determining the right procedure or technique for each patient will be determined at the time of consultation. With both the upper and lower blepharoplasty, there is very minimal scarring because of the locations of the incisions*.The recovery process takes a few weeks. After a few days, you’ll be able to read and watch TV, and resume most activities. During the recovery process, you may need to clean your eyes with a special solution.
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Every type of surgery has risks. Risks include numbness to forehead, facial nerve weakness, loss of hair follicles near incision points and being asymmetric. These risks are the most common; however there is not a complete list of all possible risks for Forehead and Brow Lift surgery.