They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Don't allow sagging skin, wrinkles, pockets of fat or drooping to get in the way. An eyelid lift removes excess skin on the upper and lower eyelids and restores volume to hollow and tired appearing eyes, helping you achieve a well-rested, smooth appearance to your entire upper face.
Blepharoplasty, or an eyelid lift, is done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia. Dr. Schleicher places incisions where the natural crease should appear in the upper lids and below the lash line in the lower lids. Any excess fat and skin are removed. If only excess fat is present in the lower lids, it may be removed through an incision inside the lower lids with no scar. An eyelid lift may also widen the field of vision in patients whose excessive upper lid skin partially blocks their vision.
The sutures from the procedure are usually removed within 4 to 6 days. Eye makeup can be used after the sutures are removed. Any initial discomfort can be easily controlled with oral medication. You can expect bruising and sensitivity to light to last for approximately 1 to 2 weeks. Swelling will usually disappear in about 1 to 2 weeks. Patients who wear contact lenses can expect to be comfortable wearing them in approximately 7 to 10 days. You can expect to return to work in 1 week and see final results in approximately 8 months.
Deciding if an eyelid lift is right for you and the specific risks involved can only be determined after a consultation with Dr. Schleicher . All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally, while major complications are unusual. If you're interested in more information on eyelid lifts or would like to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure, please schedule a free consultation by calling our office at 804-282-4940.
An eyelid lift is considered cosmetic surgery and not covered by health insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.