The natural aging process can lead to skin laxity that causes the eyelids to become puffy or sag. The upper eyelid crease denotes a youthful-looking appearance. When eyelids start to sag, this can result in an older-look. You might also be genetically predisposed to have heavy or droopy eyelids that give you a tired or disinterested appearance. Blepharoplasty is designed to restore a refreshed, youthful expression by targeting sagging eyelids and under-eye bags. Eyelid lift plastic surgery can also restore your vision, if drooping lids interfere with your sight.
Eyelid Surgeon Dr. Brandow is experienced in helping his patients understand the eyelid lift surgery procedure and determining if blepharoplasty is right for them. Dr. Brandow consults with patients about eyelid surgery at his Philadelphia and New Jersey shore plastic surgery offices.
Dr. Brandow can perform both upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery to achieve symmetrical, natural-looking results. Functional blepharoplasty can also be performed to address drooping skin that interferes with your vision. Eye lid surgery is a long-lasting facial rejuvenation solution.
Reasons You May Consider an Eyelid Lift Surgery Procedure
- Excessive or wrinkled upper or lower eyelid skin.
- Excess upper eyelid skin that interferes with vision.
- Lack of or loss of natural upper eyelid crease.
- Puffy upper or lower eyelids.
Intended Results of Eye Lid Surgery
Eyelid surgery can achieve a more youthful, rested and alert appearance. Blepharoplasty can also improve sight through a widening of the visual field, as well as softened wrinkle lines around the eyes.
Blepharoplasty Surgery Description
Eyelid surgery is scheduled as an outpatient procedure. Your eyelid lift surgery is performed under sedation and local or general anesthesia. For a combined upper and lower eyelid lift, Dr. Brandow makes careful incisions where the natural crease should be in the upper lids and below the lash line in the lower lids. For a lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Brandow makes incisions only on the inside of the lower lids with no external incision or scar (transconjunctival blepharoplasty). Dr. Brandow skillfully removes any excess fat and skin and closes the incisions.
Recuperation and Healing After an Eyelid Surgery Procedure
All sutures are removed within 7-10 days. Initial mild discomfort is controlled with oral medication. Bruising and sensitivity to light can last at least a week or two. Swelling progressively disappears over several weeks. Eye makeup can be worn soon after sutures are removed. Contact lenses can be worn when comfortable—usually within 3-7 days.
Risks and Complications of Blepharoplasty Surgery
The specific risks and the suitability of eyelid surgery for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.
Other Cosmetic Procedures to Consider with Eyelid Surgery
Additional cosmetic procedures that would complement the renewed, youthful appearance of eyelid surgery include: Forehead Lift, Facelift, a non-surgical Chemical Peel, or non-surgical Laser Skin Resurfacing. Different facial surgery techniques can be combined to achieve substantial enhancements to the upper, mid and lower face. Dr. Brandow is a leading blepharoplasty surgeon and can discuss which facial rejuvenation procedures can best complement your eyelid surgery during your consultation at the Brandow Clinic in Philadelphia / New Jersey Shore.
Insurance Coverage of Eyelid Lift Surgery
With prior approval from your insurance company, upper eyelid lift surgery that is performed for the purpose of improving your field of vision may be covered. You should consult with your insurance company prior to scheduling a surgical procedure. Generally, eyelid surgery procedures are considered purely cosmetic. As such, the patient is responsible for payment.