The natural process of ageing can hold more than a few surprises as the body begins to succumb to time, skin damage and gravity. Many patients still feel quite youthful inside, and are not ready to live life day to day in a body that doesn’t look the way they feel! Thankfully, today’s aesthetic and plastic surgery field is replete with safe, effective, minimally invasive methods to help you restore your face and form to match the way you feel.
Eye Lift surgery is becoming more popular for exactly this reason. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports it was one of the top five most popular procedures in the last two years.
What Is an Eye Lift?
An eye lift, or Blepharoplasty, is a procedure that focuses on improving the overall visual appearance of the eyes. There are several approaches that can be used, depending on your individual needs and goals.
Eye lifts can be functional as well as cosmetic, and the ideal procedure improves both. Based on your specific concerns, your surgeon may recommend upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, both surgeries or something called a double eyelid lift to widen and enhance the eyes.
What Can an Eye Lift Help With?
There are two main reasons patients seek out an eye lift procedure: cosmetic and functional. Often, these two goals overlap, since cosmetic improvements can also improve overall eye functionality as well.
An eye lift can address skin around the eyes (above and below) that has begun to sag. This is one of the main functional reasons to get an eye lift. It removes any impediments to clear vision caused by loose or sagging skin, drooping eyelids, irritation caused by skin folds, difficulty with wearing corrective glasses or contacts or persistent muscle aches and headaches from eye strain.
Eye lifts can also help with fine lines and wrinkles, sagging lower lids, fatty deposits beneath the eyes that can appear to be “bags” or puffy eyes, loose or excess skin and overall smoothing of the cosmetic appearance of the eyes.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Most individuals are potentially good candidates for eye lift surgery. The best candidate will be healthy in all other ways, at or near their ideal weight. He or she will also have realistic expectations and willing and able to follow post-operative recovery instructions precisely.
If you smoke or drink, your surgeon may request that you reduce or cease use for a period of time before and after your eye lift. This will give your body its best chance of healing quickly and fully.
What Is a Consultation for an Eye Lift Like?
Scheduling a one-to-one consultation with your chosen surgeon is the first step to scheduling your eye lift procedure.
As part of your initial consultation, your surgeon will take a full individual and family medical history to rule out any potential complications, whether from medications or past eye issues. Your surgeon will also do a full exam of the area to be treated, take photographs and make notes about your concerns and goals.
You will have a chance to ask all of your questions and learn about the procedure, including what recovery is like, potential risks or side effects and how to prepare for your surgery.
How to Prepare for an Eye Lift Procedure?
Once you have scheduled your eye lift procedure, your surgeon will give you instructions for both preparation and post-operative recovery. You will also be given any medical prescriptions you may need to take after your procedure.
The best way to prepare for your procedure is to follow your surgeon’s instructions step by step. You may be asked to stop or reduce certain medications that can interfere with the best eye lift outcome (an example might be blood thinners).
Getting plenty of sleep, staying hydrated, eating a healthy diet and refraining from smoking can also help you achieve the very best results from your eye lift.
What Is Recovery from an Eye Lift Procedure Like?
During your recovery from surgery, you will need to have a family member, friend or partner available to help you in the first few days. Your eyes may be lightly covered with gauze at first to help protect against the sun and the elements.
You will be provided with lubricants and washes and medication prescriptions to address any temporary discomfort that may be present. It will be important to refrain from physical exertion such as lifting and vigorous exercise until your surgeon clears you to resume.
Are There Risks or Side Effects of an Eye Lift Procedure?
As with any invasive procedure, there is always a slight risk of bleeding, infection, poor wound healing or uneven results.
Temporary postoperative side effects can include swelling, discomfort, itching, bruising and dry eyes.
When Will Results Be Visible?
The majority of any temporary side effects should subside within 14 days. However, it may take a few months before the full impact is visible.
How to Schedule an Eye Lift Procedure?
Scheduling a procedure begins with scheduling your initial consultation with your chosen surgeon.
After your initial consultation and once your surgeon has determined you are a good candidate for the procedure, you can select your procedure date and schedule your eye lift.
About the Aesthetic Surgery Center
The Aesthetic Surgery Center is a team of three board-certified plastic surgeons. Drs. Agarwal and Maloney specialize in facial and neck surgery including eyelid surgery in Naples Dr Gill specializes in the face, breast and body. From endoscopic face-lifting to Laserwash™, rhinoplasty to breast and body contouring, the Aesthetic Surgery Center team provides patients with the means to achieve their image goals.
Together, Drs. Agarwal, Maloney and Gill bring the latest cutting-edge surgical, sculpting and rejuvenation methods. To learn more and schedule a consultation, visit www.aestheticsurgerycenter.com.