18 Nov Don’t Let Your Eyes Give Away Your Age: Benefits of Eyelid Lifts
The eyes are the first place to show signs of aging. That’s why double board-certified Dr. Sudeep Roy has found that eyelid lifts are actually the ideal first surgical procedure for anti-aging (rather than a facelift, though eyelid lifts complement facelifts very well). There are two kinds of eyelid lifts, an upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty. You might be a good candidate for one or both of these procedures, and you’ll be amazed by how quick the recovery period is.
On average, most people feel comfortable going about their daily business 1 – 2 weeks after blepharoplasty (whether you get one or both types of surgeries). Thanks to the high vascularity of this area and tiny incisions, healing is inherently quick and easy. You can expect bruising and swelling the first few days, and stitches will be visible up to 5 days after your procedure. During this time, rest is vital. However, if you do need to make a quick public (or Zoom) appearance, wearing sunglasses is an easy solution.
2 Types of Lifts
As the name suggests, an upper blepharoplasty, or upper eyelid lift, addresses sagging of the upper eyelids. The medical term for this is ptosis. Ptosis can be caused by many factors including collagen loss, worn out levator muscles, the natural sagging of skin due to UV damage and use, and genetics. It is common for people to age asymmetrically. You might notice that one eyelid droops more than the other.
Fixing upper eyelid drooping calls for very small incisions that are hidden in the natural eyelid crease. By removing excess skin here, eyes become more open, youthful, and brighter. You will no longer look tired or older than you are. However, it is essential that only the most reputable of surgeons manage your eyelid lift. Otherwise, you are at risk of over-correcting. It is fast and easy for a great surgeon to provide an upper eyelid lift. It is very difficult for anyone to “restore” skin once it is removed.
A lower eyelid lift is just what it sounds like, but sagging and bags in this area can have multiple causes. Just like upper eyelid drooping, skin laxity and stretching can be the cause. However, undesirable fat pockets in this area are also common with age. Together, these can lead to shadows and dark circles as well as puffiness. In some cases, a lower blepharoplasty actually just calls for removal of those fat pockets. In these instances, incisions are made inside the eyelids.
However, you may also need skin removal combined with fat removal (or just the former). Excess skin is removed with incisions placed right along the lashline. This will vastly improve lines, wrinkles, sagging, and bags, tightening the undereye area. There are some patients who may also benefit from fillers placed in the undereye area. This calls for a balance of science and art. The wrong filler, filler amount, or application can lead to a strange appearance. Even though this is temporary (as fillers are temporary), nobody wants subpar results even for a few weeks.
Which is the Right Fit for You?
A consultation is the first step in determining how to progress with any treatment, particularly surgical. During a consult with Dr. Roy, your concerns and goals will be discussed. Combining eyelid lifts with other surgeries like a facelift is common, as is mixing and matching non-surgical treatments like an eyelid lift with a chemical peel. When you undergo more than one treatment, you not only complement the results of your procedure but sustain them.
Learn more about all the options for eyelid lifts with Dr. Roy by scheduling your consultation today. As both a surgical and non-surgical center, we are committed to giving you all of the options needed for the best results. Contact RefinedMD today to book your consult by calling the office or filling out the online contact form.