With age, the muscles around the eyes weaken and the delicate skin may become loose due to lower collagen levels. As a result, the drooping skin and bulging pockets of fat create a tired and aged appearance. Surgery of the eyelids, referred to as a blepharoplasty, removes excess skin and fat from the eye area resulting in a younger, more refreshed appearance to the eyes and face. Lifting droopy upper eyelids can improve the shape of the eye, reduce prominences, bulges, and wrinkles. Bulging occurs because of an inherited tendency for excess fat and laxity of skin around the eyes, and surgery can remove the fatty deposits, resulting in a smoother appearance.
An eyelid lift surgery takes approximately 2 hours, depending on if the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both need to be corrected. The procedure typically involves a small incision in the crease of the upper eyelid or inside the lower lid to avoid noticeable scarring and reduce the need for sutures. In an upper eyelid lift, excess skin and folds are trimmed. Lower eyelid surgery typically does not involve skin removal, but the extraction of fatty pockets and contouring to create a smooth and natural, youthful appearance.
Recovery from eyelid surgery typically takes between 5-7 days. Cold packs should be applied every hour or so to limit the swelling and bruising on the first couple of days following surgery. The patient should avoid wearing eye cosmetics and contact lenses for at least 2 weeks following the procedure. The eye area will be slightly bruised and the eyes may be bloodshot, but discomfort should be minimal and can be managed by over the counter painkillers. If there is any sharp pain or loss of vision, the patient should contact Dr. Rochlin immediately.