Age, sun exposure and hereditary factors all contribute to wrinkles, deep lines and puffiness around the eyes. This can create a tired or aged appearance. An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is designed to restore a more youthful and rested appearance to your eyes. It can also improve your scope of vision if you have excessive upper eyelid skin that interferes with peripheral or superior vision. A blepharoplasty can involve the upper lids, the lower lids, or both.
The surgery can be done under sedation or general anesthesia and can take 1-2 hours depending if just upper lids or upper and lower lids are being addressed. Incisions are made in the natural creases in the upper and lower lids and are very well hidden once healed. The surgery typically involves some skin and excess fat removal and resuspension of the muscles and fat surrounding the lids. While not a very painful operation, there is a fair amount of bruising and swelling which can last about 1 week. Sutures are generally removed 7 days after surgery and make up can be worn once the stitches are out. Contact lenses can usually be worn again about 2 weeks after surgery.