Eyelid lift surgery is performed to tighten skin and eliminate wrinkles in the lower and upper eyelids. The surgery also involves removing fat – usually with excess skin – from these areas.
It corrects heavy, baggy, or wrinkled eyelids that create a tired appearance. However, eyelid lift surgery does not remove crow’s feet or dark circles under eyes.
What to Expect Before and After a Eyelid Lift
Before the procedure, candidates have loose skin and heavy wrinkles around their eyes.
After an eyelid lift, patients can typically look forward to a rested and youthful appearance. The procedure also treats sagging and dramatically softens wrinkles in the upper and lower eyelids. It also aims to remove puffiness in these areas.
Patients meet Dr. Sleightholm and a qualified consultant for a consultation. Together, you will discuss your expectations and desired outcomes. This conversation helps determine the procedure’s potential results.
Dr. Sleightholm will begin the eyelid lift by making small incisions. He then removes excess skin and reduces noticeable fat deposits. To complete the operation, he stiches the incisions.
Procedure time varies depending on the amount of work patients want and need. It usually takes two hours.
Will the procedure leave a scar?
Dr. Sleightholm makes an incision where the natural crease should be in the upper lids. He makes another in the lower lids’ lash lines. As a result, the scars are barely – if at all – visible.
Will the procedure hurt?
Patients receive eyelid lifts while under local or general anesthesia. After the procedure, you may feel moderate pain. However, it is easily controlled with medication.
Are there eye lift surgery risks?
There are certain risks associated with eyelid lifts. Thankfully, they are rare and you can contact Dr. Sleightholm with concerns.
Procedure-related risks may include:
Hematomas:Patients uncommonly get hematomas. Should they develop, they will be removed.
Ectropion:This is a scar that pulls the lower eyelid from the eyeball. This condition can be surgically repaired.
Entropion:This is a scar that pulls eyelids into the eyeball. This condition can be surgically repaired.
Dry or Wet Eye:If patients experienced these symptoms before the procedure, they will temporarily worsen.
Thick Scars:Scarring is normal, but thick scars may appear at the outer corners of eyes. Thick scars correct themselves after a few weeks.
Will I have to take time off work or my daily routine?
Dr. Sleightholm will remove stitches within a week. Bruising typically lasts one or two weeks. Swelling progressively disappears.
Patients can wear makeup after the stitches are out, and can use contact lenses a few days after the operation. They can return to work or their daily routine once they feel comfortable.
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