If your eyes are the window to the soul, then your eyelids are a mirror that reflects how you’re aging. Paper-thin eyelid skin and excess fat pads around the eyes can contribute to a prematurely aged appearance – and that’s something that can’t be corrected with over-the-counter serums and creams.
At The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia and Plymouth Meeting, PA, our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott A. Brenman specializes in upper and lower blepharoplasty procedures. These surgical treatments – also known as upper eyelid lift and lower eyelid lift – can help reverse aging symptoms around the eyes.
*Individual results may vary
What is an Eyelid Lift?
An eyelid lift is a corrective surgical procedure that can be performed on the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid, or both areas. The goal of this procedure is to remove excess sagging skin and fat, thus presenting a more contoured and youthful appearance. An eyelid lift is known as an upper or lower blepharoplasty, depending on the area that’s being treated.
An eyelid lift can be combined with other surgical procedures, including a facelift.
Candidates for an Eyelid Lift
The ideal candidates for an eyelid lift will have moderate to severe sagging around the eyelids, excessive undereye bags, drooping lids, or all of these symptoms. Some patients may qualify to have their eyelid lift covered by insurance if the sagging skin is obscuring their vision.
Candidates should be healthy non-smokers who have realistic expectations for the procedure’s outcomes.
How Does It Work?
Upper eyelids can lose their shape over time and become droopy hiding the natural arch of your expression. One may lose the crisp upper eyelid crease associated with youth. To correct a sagging upper eyelid, incisions are made where the natural arch and crease of your eye will be. Through this incision, skin, muscle and fat may be removed to create a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
Many techniques are available to create a rejuvenated or youthful look of the lower eyelids. The technique chosen will depend on whether there is loose, excess lower eyelid skin and muscle or only prominent lower eyelid fat. Incisions may be placed under the lower eyelid eyelashes or within the underside of the lower eyelid thus without leaving any visible scars. After contouring fat, either by excision or redraping, the loose muscular sling around the eye may be tightened and loose, excess skin may be conservatively removed.
Most patients may notice their results within the first three to six weeks after some swelling and bruising has gone down. Final results are usually noticeable around 6-12 months.
Patients will need to take 3-5 days off of work to recover from the procedure. After the first week, you can return to work; most patients are able to cover up their remaining bruises and swelling with makeup. You may be able to return to your normal fitness routine after 4-6 weeks, depending upon Dr. Brenman’s recommendation.
Take the First Step
Interested in learning more? Schedule your consultation at The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia or Plymouth Meeting, PA. Call (267) 687-2180 or fill out the form on this page to request a consultation.
*Individual results may vary