Blepharoplasty, commonly known as an eyelid lift, is a cosmetic procedure that removes loose, sagging skin, fat, and muscle from around the eye area. Perich Aesthetics specializes in both upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty designed to meet the aesthetic goals of our clients and prevent vision problems that can be caused by excess tissue.
Anyone who is bothered by the appearance of the tissue around the eyelids and/or experiences blocked peripheral vision because of this tissue may want to consider blepharoplasty to address these issues. Often, clients who have this procedure find that they have a more awake, youthful appearance.
Before moving forward, you should have realistic expectations for the surgery and make sure you are in good health. You must stop taking medications that cause bleeding, including ibuprofen, warfarin, naproxen, and aspirin, at least a few weeks before the procedure. You should also quit smoking, as it can increase your risk of complications.
The process starts with a physical exam and vision exam to ensure you are an appropriate candidate for surgery. Your surgeon will also take pictures of your eyelids from all angles to help plan the surgery based on your desired results.
On the day of the procedure, the surgeon will numb the eyelid area and may provide medication to ease any anxiety associated with the surgery. Then, he or she will make tiny incisions along the eyelids, remove excess tissue as detailed in the surgical plan, and close the incision with sutures.
Although this is an outpatient procedure, you should plan to have someone drive you home afterward and stay with you overnight.
Some patients are candidates for a medical eyelid lift, which is covered by their medical insurance. Patients who do not qualify for a medical eyelid lift can be candidates for a cosmetic eyelid lift, which is an out of pocket expense.
As with all surgical procedures, an eyelid lift carries a small chance of complication. Some clients experience pain at the surgical site, light sensitivity, blurred vision, or dry, irritated eyes, but these problems typically resolve within a few days of surgery. Within 10 to 14 days, bruising and swelling will clear up, and you will be able to see the final results.
Closely following post-care instructions can help facilitate a healthy recovery. Control discomfort and swelling by applying an ice pack to the eyes for 10 minutes every hour. Avoid heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, and similar activities for at least a week from surgery, and refrain from smoking during that time. If you wear contact lenses, switch to glasses for at least two weeks.
If you’re ready to learn more about the eyelid lift procedure, get in touch with the team at Perich Aesthetics today. Our surgeons have been serving clients in the Tampa Bay area since 1991.