Eyelid Lift Surgery
They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, which is great, but if your eyes and eyelids give your face an exhausted appearance, what would that say about you? The eye area is usually where the signs of aging – drooping eyelids, sagging skin, puffiness – appear more prominently. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, addresses and improves the appearance of both the upper and lower eyelids to produce a younger, more vibrant, and more relaxed look.
Who Should Get Eyelid Surgery?
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are individuals who exhibit one or more of the following conditions:
- Puffiness of upper eyelids
- Puffiness of thel ower eyelids
- Excess skin and fine lines or wrinkles in the lower eyelids
- Loose skin hanging from the upper eyelids, creating folds that disrupt or impair one’s vision
Dr. Kiener routinely performs eyelid lifts for both the upper and lower eyelids. For the upper eyelids, incisions are placed along the natural creases of the upper eyelid for minimal visible scarring. Through the incision, Dr. Kiener removes the excess skin and tightens the muscle or tissue.
For the lower eyelids, incisions are placed right below the lower lashes or on the inside of the lower eyelid. Through the incision, Dr. Kiener expertly removes any excess skin or fat. He may also redistribute the fat to diminish puffiness and dark lines.
Incisions in both upper and lower eyelids are well-camouflaged once they’re healed, since Dr. Kiener places them within the natural structure of the eyelid region.
Recovery period for eyelid lifts generally takes a couple of weeks, and Dr. Kiener recommends plenty of rest to aid in the healing process. Stiches are usually removed within five to seven days following the procedure.
Patients are instructed to apply a cold compress to minimize swelling and bruising, and use ointments on the incisions to keep them lubricated. Eye drops may also be necessary to keep the eyes from drying out. Activities that may dry up the eyes, like watching TV, wearing contacts, or using the computer, are to be avoided within the first week after surgery.