Skins excess sometimes accumulating in the upper eyelids make the eyes ‘heavy’. The eyelid lift is primarily designed to correct sagging upper eyelids and ‘bags’ under the eyes.
Sagging upper eyelids and bags under the eyes can be inherited or develop with age. It’s a common issue for people in their 40s, but it can occur sooner. The blepharoplasty is a surgery designed to remove tissue excess from the upper or lower eyelids . The goal is to lighten overloaded eyelids that make the eyes look aged. Once the fat deposits and skin excess are removed, the eyes are wider, younger and more alert.
Upper and lower eyelids are treated separately or together under general anesthesia. For the lower eyelids, the incision is made under the lash line, it is very discreet. For the upper eyelids, the incision is made along the natural crease of the eyelid, which makes it almost invisible. Tissue excess are then cautiously removed to avoid changing the original expression of the eyes when the sutures will tighten the eyelid. The surgery is a little more than 1 hour long and an overnight stay under medical observation is usually required after it.
What are the limits of the procedure ?
The blepharoplasty surgery is sometimes requested by patients presenting with sagging eyebrows, which cannot be addressed by the procedure. In this particular case, a temporal lift or a frontal lift is required depending on the severity of the sag. For other patients presenting with swelled eyelids resulting from allergies, specific medications can resolve the condition.
What other procedures can be combined to blepharoplasty ?
To rejuvenate the face, skin laxity and volume loss must be treated. Skin excess accumulating with time can be removed with a lifting procedure. Volume loss is caused by fat shifting downwards under the effect of gravity and skin laxity. This fat has to be repositioned and / or replaced in hollowed areas of the face with the help of filler injections or fat transfer. A lot of anti-aging non-invasive treatments can also complement the result of the eyelid lift by refreshing and smoothing facial skin.