Eyelid Surgery New Orleans
An eyelid lift is used to correct the tired and worn down appearance that age can lend to the eye areas. The appearance of your eyes matters a great deal in terms of the way that others perceive you. With age – due to a loss in skin elasticity and muscle support, and sometimes genetics, the lower eyelids can develop wrinkles and drooping areas, along with bags. The upper lids, too, can be afflicted with lines and sagging skin, along with puffiness. Often the tendency towards bags and droopy eyes is age combined with a hereditary tendency.
To reduce excess skin and fat in the upper and lower lids, a form of eyelid surgery known as blepharoplasty is employed. Also known as an eyelid lift, this procedure can be used on either the upper or lower sets of eyelids, or both sets when necessary.
Often, the upper eyelid skin can droop down far enough that it impedes a person’s vision. In these cases, eyelid lift surgery can be considered functional as well as cosmetic.
How Long Does it Take?
Typically, the eyelid lift procedure requires around two hours, possibly less. This can depend on factors such as the number of eyelids being worked on and the degree of tissue alteration required. Your eyelid lift will require either local anesthesia if there is only skin involved, or with IV sedation/anesthesia depending on the problems being addressed as well as your preferences .
What is the procedure?
For upper eyelid surgery, an incision will be created on the crease that separates the eyelid and the area below the eyebrow. Since this is on a natural line, it will be naturally camouflaged once it heals. This incision often is invisible after a few weeks.
For lower eyelid surgery, your surgeon will have two incision site possibilities: under the lower eyelashes, or within the lower eyelid (called the transconjunctival incision).
Once an incision has been made, Dr. Pelias will be able to “lift” the area by removing and/or altering muscle tissue, fatty deposits, and drooping skin. Following this contouring, very small stitches, surgical tape, or other wound care products will be used to close the incisions.
How Long is the Recovery?
Since your eyelids will be recovering, you won’t be able to get home on your own following the eyelid lift. Instead, a friend or family member will bring you home. By the morning after surgery, you should be able to resume your normal non-strenuous activities.
If you have sutures that need to be removed, this will occur three to four days after the date of the eyelid lift surgery. Most patients are able to return to work using camouflage make-up after 3-4 days. Scars will fade over time following the procedure. With proper care, they usually will not be noticeable and will blend with the skin.
What is the recovery like?
The eye areas may experience some mild swelling and bruising after the eyelid lift. Cold compresses will aid in the reduction of these issues. Dry eyes are another possible issue, and this can be alleviated with the help of ointment used to lubricate the areas.
The re-contoured tissues will be delicate while you are recovering, and sun or wind related injury could cause complications. Thus, sunglasses, proper sunscreen usage, and avoidance of heavy sun are recommended.
The eyelid lift procedure can also often be paired with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as an S-lift or non-invasive procedures to create an overall impression of youth and revitalization. Contact Dr. Pelias’s office today to find out more.