Hooded upper eyelids. Extra skin or bulging fat. Wrinkly skin and bags of the lower eyelids. These are al problems that can affect the appearance of your eyes and lead to a tired, old look. An eyelid lift, or as plastic surgeons call it, “blepharoplasty,” addresses these problems to give you a refreshed and youthful result. Dr. Hubert tailors his approach to your specific needs. Sometimes even a subtle change can make a huge difference in your overall facial appearance.
The Upper Eyelid Lift
Dr. Hubert places the incision in the normal fold of the upper eyelid. If you have hanging extra skin or excess fat, all of this can be removed through the same incision. And because the location of the scar is carefully hidden along the natural fold, it is nearly invisible. Typically Dr. Hubert uses one or two sutures that are removed in the office within the first week.
The Lower Eyelid Lift
Problems that bother people with their lower eyelids tend to fall into two categories. The first is wrinkly skin, and the second is puffy bags with excess fat. Some people even have a combination of the two. Dr. Hubert removes unwanted and wrinkly skin through a tiny incision hidden just below the lower eyelashes. Once healed, this scar tends to be nearly unnoticeable. Problems with bags under the eyes, on the other hand, are addressed through an incision on the inside of the eyelide, so that it is not even visible at all! Dr. Hubert may remove fat or use the fat already there to create a smooth transition from the eyelid to the cheek, thus eliminating the puffy bags. This “transconjunctival” approach to the lower eyelid preserves the important muscle of the eyelid which closes the eye and helps to avoid problems with the position of the lower eyelid after surgery.
What should I expect after my eyelid lift?
Bruising and swelling after the surgery tend to be mild, and staying in an upright position and using your cold packs as instructed keep this to a minimum. Any non-absorbable suture removal occurs around five days, and vigorous activity and exercise should be avoided for at least a week. Most patients can be back at work and social activities within two weeks, and your refreshed, final results tend to be more apparent by four weeks.