What Will My Surgery Involve?
Blepharoplasty is a relatively quick procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis. After you have received general or local anesthesia, your surgeon will create very small incisions that are carefully concealed in the folds of your eyelids.
If you are having upper eyelid surgery, the incision will be placed along the eyelid crease. Dr. Hardy will tighten the underlying muscles and remove excess skin to create a more youthful appearance.
For lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Hardy will make the incision along your lash line, or in some cases, just inside your lower eyelid. Excessive fatty deposits will be excised, and skin and connective tissues will be smoothed for an even look.
What Will My Recovery Be Like?
Recovery from eye lift surgery is typically quick, straightforward, and involves only minimal discomfort. During the first few days, you may experience some minor irritation, sensitivity, or visual changes, such as blurred or double vision.
Following your doctor’s aftercare instructions will do much to expedite your healing time and reduce discomfort. Most patients will take about a week away from work, although swelling and bruising may be noticeable for a short period of time thereafter.
What Results Can I Expect?
As the initial swelling begins to subside a few days after your surgery, you will begin to see the results of your procedure. Lifted upper eyelids will reveal improved contours from lid to brow. Patients with previously blocked vision should have a restored field of sight. The appearance of bags or drooping under the eyes will be remarkably less noticeable.
Patients should keep in mind that an eye lift is designed to treat the area immediately above and below the eyes. Anatomically adjacent areas, such as the brow or cheeks, will not be affected by an eye lift.
Your doctor can give you a good picture of your expected eye lift results, and help you identify concerns that may need to be addressed with another type of cosmetic facial surgery. In some instances, an eye lift is not the most appropriate way to overcome drooping eyelids. A sagging brow can contribute to collapsing upper eyelids, making a brow lift the better method of achieving the outcomes you envision.