Do you feel like you look old and tired all the time? At any age, drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes can make you look older and more tired than you feel, but an eyelid lift can change that and give your eyes a much more youthful, rested appearance. Eyelid surgery is one of the most popular procedures in plastic surgery and it is a procedure Dr. Davidson performs frequently. Although many people choose to combine it with a face lift as part of an overall facial rejuvenation procedure, eyelid surgery can also be performed as an isolated procedure to rejuvenate your aging eyelids.
If you are Asian, eyelid surgery can also add an upper eyelid crease to your eyes, without erasing evidence of your ethnic or racial heritage.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Eyelid surgery is designed to remove excess skin, fatty tissue and muscle from around your eyes. All contribute to the drooping and puffiness that can make you look so tired and, yes, old. For the upper eyelid, Dr. Davidson will make incisions that follow the natural lines of your eyelids and extend slightly beyond the outside corner into the laugh lines or other existing creases. Since the incision follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it will be well concealed when healed.
For lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Davidson often makes the incision just below the lower lashes where it is well camouflaged by natural creases. In addition to removing excess tissue, he may also redistribute fat to eliminate the puffiness or “bags” under your eyes.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
After your surgery, you should avoid straining, bending and lifting during the early postoperative period. We recommend cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising and a lubricating ointment to reduce dryness. Sutures may be removed five to seven days after surgery. Scars may remain slightly pink for six months or more after surgery, but they will eventually fade to a very thin, virtually invisible white line.
Within ten days or less, you will be able to resume your normal activities and will usually be able to return to work in about five to ten days.