If you are bothered by the appearance of droopy eyelids or puffiness around the eyes, an eyelid lift might be right for you. This procedure, expertly performed at Mountain State Cosmetic Surgery in Beckley, WV, is designed to achieve a more youthful, brighter look around the eyes, which often tends to be the first part of the face to show significant signs of aging.
Who Is a Good Candidate for an Eyelid Lift?
Eyelid surgery, or “blepharoplasty,” removes extra tissue above and/or below the eyes, with the goal of revealing a more rested and youthful appearance. As we age, the delicate skin around the eyes loses elasticity and can make us appear older and more tired than we actually are. An eyelid lift can very effectively address this issue.
However, not every person is an ideal candidate for this procedure. Some might have eye health issues that make surgery unadvisable, while others might benefit more from an alternate procedure such as a brow lift or facelift. During your consultation, we will give you an honest assessment of what your best options are.
Do You Have Extra Skin or Bags Around the Eyes?
A patient seeking blepharoplasty typically wants to remove sagging tissue or excess fat from around the eyes. This loose skin can give the eyes a droopy, “closed-in” appearance that can make a person look tired, sad, and older than they actually are. If you feel that this describes your eye area, then this procedure is worth considering.
Are You in Good Overall Health?
During your consultation, it’s important to fully disclose any medical conditions you may have. We want to give you the best care and results possible, which means confirming your current health status, including any allergies you have or medication you may be taking. If you have any eye health problems, such as an active infection, these will need to be fully treated before surgery can be considered.
Will You Be Able To Take a Few Days Off?
Before committing to surgery, make sure that you have adequate time to fully recover when you get home. As with any surgical procedure, you will need several days to rest afterward in order to ensure optimal healing. If you have a job that is particularly strenuous, you might be advised to take off a full week or longer.
Do You Have Realistic Expectations?
Even the best candidates for eyelid surgery must have realistic expectations for the results they hope to achieve. A cosmetic procedure will not necessarily make you look twenty years younger, but it can certainly give you a much fresher and more rested appearance. Patients seeking more dramatic results may need to consider a combination of procedures, such as a face or brow lift.
The Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
As far as cosmetic surgery goes, a blepharoplasty is considered minimally invasive because we are working with a very small amount of tissue, and there will not be much visible scarring left behind. While there is a recovery period required, it is much less than that necessitated by a full facelift (for example).
In terms of facial procedures, this is often a patient’s first surgery to address the earliest signs of aging, which tend to present themselves in the eye area. The following are some specific benefits you can realistically expect to achieve with this surgery.
Restoring a More Youthful Eye Structure
If you look at pictures from your youth, your eyes likely appear larger and more open. Unfortunately, collagen loss in the very fragile skin around the eyes can begin happening as early as a person’s late twenties. Much of this is due to genetics, but poor habits such as smoking and excessive sun exposure can certainly hasten this decline. Blepharoplasty will lift and rejuvenate the sagging skin that is making your eyes appear older.
Looking More Alert and Well Rested
Drooping, puffy skin can make the eyes look like they are partially closed. No amount of sleep or eye cream will make this problem go away! The only significant, reliable way to open the eye area back up again to the way it looked when you were younger is to surgically remove the excess skin around the eyes.
For many, drooping eyelids can be more than just a cosmetic issue. It might happen so gradually that you barely notice it, but sagging skin can in fact get in the way of your field of vision. Patients are often amazed by how improved their peripheral vision is following an eyelid lift.
Less Makeup Required
People with significant signs of aging around the eyes often put a great deal of effort into their makeup routine, trying every trick and technique to make their drooping eyelids less noticeable. While expert eye contouring can open up the eye area to some degree, it is very time-consuming and the results will of course be minimal. After eyelid surgery, you will automatically wake up looking more rested and refreshed – no makeup required.
What to Expect During and After Recovery
As noted earlier, the recovery period following blepharoplasty is relatively minimal compared to some other cosmetic procedures, and the results can be quite significant depending on how extensive your drooping and puffiness were prior to surgery. It will take several weeks for your final result to be evident, but patients can expect to return to normal activities within a few days after their procedure.
When You Get Home
Proper self-care, and following any directions provided by your doctor, are essential to ensuring a positive healing process when you return home. You will likely be asked to apply ice during the days following surgery, and to use the eye drops or ointment that have been prescribed. If you smoke, this would be a good time to quit because smoking can interfere with the healing process.
It’s a good idea to sleep on your back with your head raised up on a couple of pillows for the first few days following your procedure. Avoid rubbing your eyes because this could disrupt the stitches. If you normally wear contact lenses, you will need to forego these for at least two weeks.
The beautiful thing about eyelid surgery is that the tiny incisions are made in the natural folds of the eye, meaning that any resulting scars will be completely hidden. After the initial healing period has passed, many patients report that they can barely see their incisions, even up close.
Unlike many cosmetic treatments, which can be quite effective in the short term but with results that fade over time, the effects of an eye lift are semi-permanent. We say “semi” because we cannot of course halt the aging process, but the results you achieve with this procedure will last for many years – particularly if you take good care of your skin and stay out of the sun.
Maintaining Your Fresh New Look
Now that you look younger and more rested, you will of course want to maintain this rejuvenated appearance for as long as possible. It goes without saying that engaging in healthy lifestyle habits, such as consuming a nutritious diet, avoiding alcohol and cigarettes, and drinking plenty of water, will all go a long way towards maintaining overall skin health.
Some other tips we can recommend include wearing sunglasses religiously when you are outside on sunny days and getting in the habit of not touching your eyes! Even after your eyes have completely healed, rubbing or scratching this delicate area is just never a good idea. This is skin that is particularly delicate and prone to damage.
If you are not in the habit of using an eye cream, now would be a good time to start. Once you have completely healed from your procedure, you may wish to ask us for some recommendations on eye creams that will keep the area around your eyes toned and moisturized without causing irritation.
Finding the Best Eyelid Surgery Specialist in West Virginia
Working with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in facial procedures is absolutely key to ensuring positive results. To find out whether an eyelid lift might be right for you, contact us today at Mountain State Cosmetic Surgery in Beckley, WV to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve the fresher, brighter look you are hoping for!