Eyelid Lift

What is an Eyelid Lift?

An eyelid lift, also called a blepharoplasty, is a surgical alteration of the eyelids. While it is often a cosmetic procedure, it may also have a medical necessity. It may also be done along with other lifts in areas of the face like the forehead, cheeks or brow.

How does an Eyelid Lift work?

This procedure works by altering the structure of the skin or surrounding tissues to reposition the eyelids and change the look of the face. It may be effective as part of an anti-aging cosmetic dermatology treatment program.

What is an Eyelid Lift used for?

An eyelid lift is most generally used for those who want a cosmetic change in the way their eyes look. This surgery can be used to decrease sagging, wrinkles or circles around the eyes. In some cases, an eyelid lift is also useful in counteracting specific vision problems related to drooping eyelids.

What are some advantages of an Eyelid Lift?

Advantages of the eyelid lift include a more youthful appearance in the area of the face. Other benefits include better functioning eyelids for those who have problems with excessive tissue around the eye interfering with vision.

Who is a candidate for an Eyelid Lift?

The best candidates for the eyelid lift procedure are individuals who are otherwise healthy but need some alteration to the skin tissues around the eye. The best candidates do not have any heart conditions, diabetes or other significant health issues that might interact badly with the eyelid lift surgical treatment. These individuals would also not be vulnerable to or predisposed to infections or scarring, or have lowered immune systems.

How is an Eyelid Lift performed?

In an eyelid lift procedure, the surgeon cuts out some of the tissue in the eyelid, either taking out skin or removing some fat deposits there. This is done while the patient is awake, although the patient may receive some medicine for anxiety along with local anesthesia. After removing what is necessary for the eyelid lift, the doctor will stitch up the area, and the patient will go home with instructions on how to help it heal.

What is recovery like after an Eyelid Lift?

Recovery from an eyelid lift may include activity restrictions, dietary or environmental restrictions, or other advice on how to best heal the incision area. Patients may get over-the-counter or prescription medications from a doctor to help with healing or decrease pain or irritation.

What are some of the risks of an Eyelid Lift?

Risks for this procedure include blurred vision, swelling, bruising and other symptoms around the affected area. Advanced risks would include infection, loss of vision, or other major side effects related to complications or improper surgical methods.

Good treatment depends on using competent and qualified doctors for procedures like an eyelid lift. Always consult a qualified medical processional about all of the benefits and risks of this procedure before going ahead with a cosmetic dermatology plan.

Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.

By PlasticSurgeons.com Staff

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