What is Eyelid Surgery?
It is a procedure designed to restore a more youthful, open, and refreshed appearance to aging eyes. With age our muscles and skin lose elasticity, for our eyelids, this creates loose skin that collects in the upper lids and can cause deep creases in the lower lid. The fat in this area which acts as a cushion starts to protrude forward creating a bagging appearance.
When to Consider Eyelid Surgery?
Our eyes and the skin around it is the most delicate part of our bodies. The skin is thin and predisposed to showing signs of aging sooner than other parts of our body. Aging eyelids can affect a person’s self-image as they can appear tired, older, and even sad or angry. Eyelid surgery is designed to rewind these changes and restore a more youthful appearance. For some, the reason for surgery can be medically inclined, when the sagging eyelid obstructs the ability to see.
All you need to know about the procedure.
Depending on the required need and desired outcome, your plastic surgeon will discuss the following techniques:
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Patients who experience sagging, wrinkled skin on the upper eyelids can opt for an upper eyelid procedure to remove the excess skin, restoring a more youthful shape. It involves an incision made in the natural crease above the eye, through which fat, skin, and adjusting the surrounding muscles are done.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
For patients who struggle with puffy, sagging appearance under the eyes, this surgical procedure corrects the lower part. Incisions are made on the outer edge of the lower eyelid just beneath the eyelashes or even in some cases inside the eyelid. From there, your doctor will reposition, remove, or restore fat to create a natural contour under the eye.
Combining the procedure with another surgery
Depending on your desired results or concerns our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons at Lutetia will discuss the option of combining the surgery with a facelift, browlift, or both upper and lower lift.
What happens at the consultation?
Remember to write down all your possible concerns and questions and have them ready for when you meet with your plastic surgeon. You will be discussing your surgical options, the pros, and cons of each, as well as your medical history. The surgeon will need to know all the current medications you are taking and any serious illness you may have had in the past and as to whether you smoke.
You will have an examination, including medical photography that will be placed in your confidential medical file (you will sign a consent form for taking, storing, and using the photographs). Your height and weight will be measured to ensure you are physically fit for the operation.
Recovery and how long will my results last?
Surgical approaches have advanced therefore the majority of the time you no longer require bandages, although you may be given an eye lubricant that can be uncomfortable for some patients.
Scars will fade over time with the carefully planned post-care instructions from your surgeon. Practicing healthy sun habits; sunblock, hat, and sunglasses will help maintain and extend the results.
It is important to note that your surgeon will share detailed instructions on how to take care of your surgical area and any warning symptoms to look out for. The amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among patients and this will be discussed based on your particular case.
What you need to consider.
Your surgeon will discuss the different surgery options; depending on your goal, unique anatomy, and the extent of corrections needed, the approach will be mutually agreed on.
This surgery is a long-term solution, creating a youthful appearance. As with other surgeries, there are surgical risks to consider and require discussions with your plastic surgeon.
During your consultation, you and your plastic surgeon will discuss these considerations and the best option that suits your requirements and lifestyle.
Eyelid surgery incisions and scars.
Incision and scar positions depend on the surgical technique you and your surgeon agree on during your consultation. Your surgeon will place the scars in a way that they are concealed by your natural eyelid crease.
Bespoke treatment plans.
Your surgeon will discuss your goals, lifestyle, including physical activity, and based on this a personalized treatment plan will be shared with you.
These will include the surgery approach, the outcomes, risks, and where the surgery will take place. Expectations will be discussed, and a post-surgery recovery plan will be shared.