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 eye lid skin that interferes with peripheral or superior vision. A blepharoplasty can involve the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids or both.
The surgery is usually done under local anesthesia or sedation and can take 1-2 hours depending if just upper lids or both 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 removal and re-suspension of the muscle and fat surrounding lids. While not a very painful operation, there is a fair amount of bruising and swelling which can last 1-2 weeks. Sutures are generally removed 4-7 days after surgery and make up can be worn once the stitches are out. Contact lenses can usually be worn about 2 weeks after surgery.