An eyelid lift, also called blepharoplasty, restores a fresher, more youthful appearance to your eyes, helping to correct a tired or sad appearance caused by sagging, excess skin on the upper eyelids or eliminating puffiness under the lower eyelids.
Perhaps more than any other facial feature, our eyes tell the world how we feel. However, aging and heredity can cause the skin and tissues on our eyelids to sag and droop, making us look tired, sad or worried, even when we feel great.
If your eyes are sending the wrong message, we can help you change that through an eyelid lift procedure, personalized to your needs.
After listening to your goals and concerns at your consultation, Dr. Ditesheim will determine the specific method to use for your procedure based on your facial features.
In general, the following techniques are used:
Eyelid surgery is frequently combined with other facial procedures to further enhance your results. Non-surgical treatments, such as Botox & injectable fillers or fat grafting, can help to smooth crow’s feet or other wrinkles or diminish dark circles under your eyes.
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Each person is unique in his or her goals and needs, and best way to determine whether or not eyelid surgery is a good solution for you is to come in for a consultation.
In general, you may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery if the following statements describe you:
Eyelid surgery is highly personalized, and we’ll quote your exact cost at your consultation. Total costs including professional anesthesia care (MD), credentialed, accredited surgical facility (OR and Recovery) and surgical fees. We also offer several convenient payment & financing options for our patients.
Dr. Ditesheim and his experienced staff will provide you with pre-surgical information that includes guidelines about drinking, smoking and avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Dr. Ditesheim’s caring staff has a wealth of experience in preparing families for the recovery process and ensuring a predictable, smooth process.
The surgery time may range between 1 to 1½ hours depending upon your needs. Blepharoplasty is usually done on an outpatient basis, under local or general anesthesia administered by a physician anesthesiologist.
The procedure is performed in our AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) accredited, on-site surgical suite.
Following your procedure, the area around your eyes will be bruised, and most likely swollen, for about 10 days. While recovery usually takes a few days, it may take a few weeks for residual swelling to subside and to fully see the complete results of your eyelid lift.
It is important to wear sunscreen daily to keep your results looking their best. Our caring nurse will call you regularly to check in on you and make sure that you are having a stress-free recovery. We want to make sure that you are completely relaxed throughout the healing process. Just leave the rest to us!
If you’re considering your options for improving your eyelid contour, we invite you to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Ditesheim. He will listen carefully to your concerns, evaluate your face & skin, and go over all of your options to help achieve your goals.
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If you’re curious about what eyelid surgery can do for your appearance, you most likely have a lot of questions you’d like to ask.
At Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey A. Ditesheim can answer each of your questions so that you feel comfortable and confident making the final decision to move forward.
The most common candidates for an eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, are men or women who notice signs of aging in their face that cause their upper eyelids to droop or under-eye bags to form. Some candidates for eyelid surgery simply have naturally drooping eyelids that can cause them to look permanently tired or even limit their scope of vision. Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are nonsmokers who are in good physical and mental health and have realistic expectations about their results.
While some blepharoplasty patients choose to combine upper and lower eyelid surgery for a more comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation, others may only require one or the other to meet their cosmetic goals. Upper and lower eyelid surgery differ in the area of focus and the techniques used:
Upper eyelid surgery lifts the upper eyelids to create a more alert and refreshed appearance. This is done by removing excess skin and fatty tissue, gently tightening the small muscles in the upper eye area, and finally suturing the skin and musculature into place.
Lower eyelid surgery focuses primarily on resolving the appearance of under-eye bags. Fatty tissue under the eyes can be reallocated or removed to form a smoother under-eye appearance and the muscles can be tightened into a more youthful position before tightening the lower eyelid skin and removing any excess.
Because the focus of blepharoplasty is primarily on excess eyelid skin, fatty tissue and skin position, eyelid surgery does not smooth out the small horizontal wrinkles that can form at the outer edges of the eyes, known as crow’s feet. Crow’s feet form as a result of repeated muscle movements, often from smiling, laughing or squinting. Many blepharoplasty patients choose to combine eyelid surgery with BOTOX® Cosmetic in order to address crow’s feet as well as sagging eyelids.
The results of eyelid surgery, whether focused on the upper or lower eyelids, are designed to be long-lasting. However, it’s important to remember that the elasticity of your skin and the quality of your underlying facial muscles will continue to change in response to age and environmental factors. Eyelid surgery patients are recommended to protect the skin surrounding their eyes with regular moisturizing and sun protection to maintain their results as well as possible.
Because eyelid surgery only requires small incisions in naturally well-hidden areas, the scars from blepharoplasty should be barely noticeable after healing. In the case of upper eyelid surgery, the incisions are placed within the natural crease of the eyelids. During lower eyelid surgery, the incisions are hidden just beneath the lower lash line. Patients may see some pinkness around the site of the incisions immediately following surgery, but this should fade quickly in the weeks and months after surgery.
You should notice a difference in the area surrounding your eyes immediately following your eyelid surgery, although post-surgical swelling and discoloration may initially obscure your final outcome. While many blepharoplasty patients return to work after 1 to 2 weeks, it may take several weeks for your swelling to subside completely. You should be able to see your final results from eyelid surgery in about 4 to 6 weeks following your surgery.
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