As some people get older, they may notice that their eyelids begin to droop. While this may not be a problem for many years, some people find that droopy eyelids begin to interfere with their eyesight. Others feel that the excess skin both below and above their eyes is causing them to look older, and want to appear younger and more vibrant. Whatever the reason for considering an eye lift and facial plastic surgery, it's important to have expectations that are realistic. An eye lift doesn't remove wrinkles from the sides of the eyes, and it isn't going to get rid of any dark circles you might have. An eye lift will simply help your eyes open wider, and remove excess skin that is there.
Cosmetic Blepharoplasty Isn't a Dramatic Procedure
When you want to make small changes to your eyes, blepharoplasty, or an eye lift, is your answer. This isn't a dramatic procedure, and doesn't change the overall structure of your face. Some people combine an eye lift with a more extensive procedure, such as a forehead lift, when they want to make bigger changes to their overall look. The skin around your eyes loses elasticity over the years, and even an eye lift isn't going to be permanent. You may need another procedure in the future to reduce drooping eye lids once again.
How an Eye Lift Is Done
If you are getting an eye lift on both your upper and lower lids, the entire procedure should take less than two hours. Your doctor will use a numbing agent around your eyes, and you will be sedated using either oral medication or general anesthesia. Tiny stitches are used, and they will stay in for less than a week. You will go home the same day of your surgery, and you can expect that you won't be able to do your normal activities for several days while you heal.
Most people do great after an eye lift, and have few complications. You'll want to have plenty of ice and dry gauze ready to relieve any swelling or eye pain you experience. Talk with your doctor about pain medications, as you shouldn't take certain over the counter medications that increase your risk of bleeding. If you notice a change in your vision, or your eye lids become painfully red and appear infected, you will need to call your surgeon right away. Complications are rare, and you can expect to feel great within a week or two.