Eyelid Lift Types
At Specialty Aesthetic Surgery, we perform multiple types of eye surgeries that are customized to each patient’s needs. We also value ethnic differences and tailor our procedures to the individual’s unique facial structure and aesthetic preferences. Dr. Moskowitz has extensive experience performing Asian blepharoplasty, which seeks to improve the appearance of the upper eyelid folds while preserving the ethnic beauty of the eyes.
Blepharoplasty is widely categorized as either an upper or lower eyelid lift. An upper eyelid lift addresses drooping eyelids and excess, sagging skin above the eyes. A lower eyelid lift improves the area beneath the eyes, reducing dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles.
Upper eyelid surgery tends to be simpler and faster than lower eyelid surgery. Some patients may have both an upper and lower eyelid lift at the same time for a more comprehensive treatment.
How is an Eyelid Lift Done?
Before the procedure, your surgeon will discuss what you hope to achieve and what you can expect from the surgery. They will also examine your eye area to determine what procedure is needed and personalize it to your facial structure.
Upper blepharoplasty is typically performed with local anesthesia, while lower blepharoplasty may require general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make incisions along the natural creases of your eyelids to conceal any scarring. For upper eyelid surgery, the incision is typically made in the natural crease of the eyelid, while for lower eyelid surgery, it is made just below the lash line.
Through these incisions, your surgeon will remove or reposition excess skin, fat, and tissue. They may also tighten the muscles around the eye area. The incisions are then closed with sutures or surgical glue. An eyelid lift procedure typically takes one to two hours, depending on the extent of the surgery.
Eyelid Lift Recovery
After the surgery, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the eye area, but this can be managed with painkillers and ice packs. We will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your eyes during recovery. You will need to avoid rubbing or touching your eyes, and you may need to use eye drops to keep them moist. It is also important to avoid strenuous activity and to keep your head elevated while sleeping to reduce swelling.
Most people can return to work and other normal activities within a week, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least two to three weeks. It can take several weeks for the full results of the surgery to become apparent as any swelling and bruising subside.