What is an Upper Eyelid Lift?
As skin ages, it gradually loses its elasticity. This lack of elasticity, in addition to the constant pull from gravity, causes excessive skin to collect on the upper eyelids. An upper eyelid lift (also called eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty) removes excess skin from the upper eyelids. Although it is generally considered cosmetic surgery, it’s also an effective way for older people to improve their vision if sagging upper eyelids are obstructing their vision.
Who is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
People who are in good health and who have realistic expectations are good candidates for eyelid surgery. Most candidates are 35 years or older, but if baggy eyelids or droopy eyelids run in your family, you may choose to have the surgery done sooner.
Eyelid surgery can enhance your appearance and help boost your confidence. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it may not result in your ideal look or alter your facial structure. Before you decide to have surgery, think about your goals and expectations, and then discuss them with the specialists at Encino Surgical.
What Results Can I Expect?
Upper eyelid surgery can typically last at least five to seven years. Of course, your eyes will still continue to age after the procedure.
If your lids sag again after upper eyelid surgery, a forehead lift rather than another eyelift may be the preferred procedure.
How Long Is the Recovery Time?
Following eyelid surgery, both of your eyelids will have stitches that will be in place for up to a week. Although swelling and, occasionally, bruising are common, your eyelids should look normal within 1-2 weeks.