Cosmetic surgery has been used for many years to improve body contours, alleviate wrinkles and gain confidence. Over time, the skin loses elasticity, especially in the eye region. When this happens, the eyes seem burdened with wrinkles and under-eye bags, which results in a tired or sad appearance. Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure (commonly called ‘eyelid lift’) used to correct these aging signs.
For patients with ‘heavy’ or sagging upper eyelids, blepharoplasty can rejuvenate and refresh the eyes area. There are two types of blepharoplasty, for the upper eyelids and for the lower eyelids. The lower eyelid lift focuses on fat pockets removal. These fat pockets, or ‘under-eye bags’ are not the same as dark circles and pigmentation issues in the tear through. Here is what happens before, during and after the operation.
What happens during an eyelid lift ?
The surgeon discusses with his patient and performs an exam to assess the eyelids : the upper eyelids are checked for excess skin and the lower eyelids for under-eye bags. Excess skin in the lower eyelid is very rare and the wrinkled appearance of the skin in this area is difficult to correct with no risk of ectropion (outward projection of the eyelid).
If the eyelid lift is not associated with another cosmetic procedure, surgery is 30 to 60 minutes long depending on the number of eyelids treated. Incisions are made in the natural folds of the eyelids. For the lower eyelids, the incision is made inside the eyelid, therefore the scar is not visible.
Even if patients do not feel any pain during the first few hours following surgery, swelling can be felt. Bruising and eye dryness are also common after surgery. These symptoms usually resolve in 7 to 10 days.
Eyelid lift benefits
- Quick rejuvenation of the eyes area
- Stable results
- Almost invisible scars