As we get older, our eyelids can start to sag, creating a tired appearance. The thinning of facial tissue can also lead to permanent under-eye bags. Upper or lower eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, can rejuvenate the upper face by eliminating excess skin around the eyes and reallocating facial tissue for a more youthful look.
Dr. Waleed Ezzat is double-board certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology – head and neck surgery. He customizes each procedure for the unique needs of each individual, ensuring the most natural-looking results.
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When to Consider Blepharoplasty
The most common reasons women and men consider getting eyelid surgery include:
- Excess skin and sagging in the upper eyelids creates droopy, tired-looking eyes
- Persistent under eye bags
- Wrinkles surrounding the eyes
- Sagging eyelids limit your scope of vision
People who achieve the best eyelid surgery results are in good overall physical and mental health and have realistic expectations for their procedure.
Before Your Eyelid Surgery
Before getting eyelid surgery, you’ll have a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ezzat. During this time, you can ask any questions you may have about blepharoplasty, as well as address any concerns about the procedure. Dr. Ezzat will also inform you in greater detail of the results you can expect from surgery.
Dr. Ezzat will also perform a physical evaluation to make sure that eyelid surgery is the right choice for you. Those concerned about a sagging brow may be better candidates for a brow lift to meet their needs. Depending on your cosmetic goals, he may also recommend additional surgeries or treatments to complement your blepharoplasty results. Some people get eyelid surgery in conjunction with a face lift or cheek lift for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
Your Eyelid Lift Procedure
Blepharoplasty is often performed using local anesthesia, though general anesthesia may also be used depending on the individual. Eyelid surgery is a same-day procedure. Incisions for upper eyelid surgery are placed in the natural fold of the eyelid, while lower blepharoplasty incisions are hidden in the underside of the lid.
Dr. Ezzat performs eyelid surgery by lifting the eyelid skin to tighten the underlying musculature. He then restructures the supporting tissue of the eyelids to correct drooping and removes excess skin for a more youthful look. The incisions are then closed and dressed.
Your Blepharoplasty Recovery
Everyone’s recovery experience is different and is influenced by many factors, such as your age,lifestyle and the extent of your procedure. You can expect some bruising and swelling, which should begin to fade after the first several days of your recovery. Sleep with your head elevated for at least the first week after surgery. Most people feel tightness around the eyes and some discomfort, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
After getting an eyelid lift, most people take 1 to 2 weeks off of work and away from other normal activities. You should refrain from doing strenuous activities for 3 to 4 weeks to avoid increasing blood pressure in the head. You should begin to see your final results within 4 to 6 months.
Your New Look
Blepharoplasty brings an alert and refreshed look to the eyes. Your eyelid skin should appear smoother and firmer, helping you appear confident and well rested. Under eye bags should be minimized and you may even experience an improved range of vision.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) FAQs
How do I choose a surgeon for an eyelid procedure (blepharoplasty)?
One approach is to ask friends and family members who live near you for recommendations. You should also read online reviews for the plastic surgeons you are considering. When you’ve narrowed down your list to a few surgeons, verify their credentials, look at before and after photos, and then schedule a consultation with your top two or three picks.
Is eyelid surgery the best procedure for me?
Eyelid surgery can be an appropriate solution for you if you are bothered by the appearance of drooping upper or lower eyelids, persistent under-eye bags and/or sagging skin and wrinkles around your eyes. In some more severe cases, drooping eyelids can impair your vision.
Some people choose to combine an eyelid lift with other facial plastic surgery procedures, such as a brow lift or facelift.
Is eyelid surgery painful?
Eyelid surgery is often considered one of the least painful cosmetic procedures, with relatively minimal recovery and side effects. Tenderness, swelling and bruising can be relieved with cool compresses, over-the-counter pain medication and getting plenty of rest while your body heals.
Are you awake during eyelid surgery?
Some people are awake during eyelid surgery, using local anesthesia and sedation, so you won’t feel any pain and should feel relaxed and comfortable. However, eyelid surgery may be performed under general anesthesia if requested.
How long does it take to recover from eyelid surgery?
Most people take 1 to 2 weeks off work and social activities to recover from eyelid surgery, though everyone’s recovery experience will slightly differ. Most swelling and bruising are diminished around 2 to 3 weeks after your procedure.
You will need to avoid strenuous physical activity for 3 to 4 weeks after your eyelid lift to minimize the risk of complications and optimize your results. Your results will continue to develop and improve over the coming weeks and months, with final results being visible around 4 to 6 months after getting an eyelid procedure.
How long does an eyelid procedure last?
Upper eyelid procedure results tend to last an average of 10 years. After, a touch-up procedure might be required to maintain your same results. Lower eyelid surgery, on the other hand, is usually very long-lasting and shouldn’t need to be repeated.
Some of the things you can do to help prolong your eyelid surgery results include wearing daily sunscreen and sunglasses when outdoors, not smoking and using the proper anti-aging skincare products for your skin’s needs. You might consider pairing nonsurgical treatments such as BOTOX® or dermal fillers with your eyelid lift for more comprehensive results.
Contact us online or call our office at 617-414-4980 to learn more about your facial surgery options.