The eyes are central to our ideas of beauty. Studies have shown that when asked to judge a person’s age, most people look to the eyes first. So it’s natural that we want to keep our eyes looking healthy, vibrant and youthful. The signs of premature aging like dark circles, sagging eyelids and wrinkles around the eyes can leave us looking tired or older, and even affect our vision if left untreated.
What is an Eyelid Lift?
A blepharoplasty – or eyelid lift – is one of the most effective treatments for removing bags under your eyes and improving drooping eyelids, giving them a more youthful appearance. There are a number of different types of blepharoplasties, including upper, lower and combined eyelid lifts, as well as the double-eyelid surgery that is popular throughout Asia and can help the eye appear larger and more defined.
How is an Eyelid Lift Performed?
An upper eyelid lift starts with two tiny incisions along the natural lines of the eyelid, which will result in minimal scarring. A lower eyelid lift uses a transconjunctival approach that is performed inside the eyelid, resulting in no visible scarring after surgery.
Both of these procedures involve the removal of excess skin and fat from the eyelids, as well as tightening muscles to produce a younger, alert and natural looking complexion.
Double-eyelid surgery is a somewhat different procedure, as it involves creating a lid crease, which opens up the eye and creates a ‘double eyelid’. This is a more advanced procedure that is popular throughout Asia, but it is also becoming popular with non-Asian patients who would like their eyes to have a more defined eyelid crease.
It is also quite common for patients to have other facial rejuvenation procedures performed at the same time as an eyelid lift, including a facelift, skin resurfacing or anti-wrinkle treatments, in order to save time and money.
Recovering From an Eyelid Lift.
The recovery process after an eyelid lift is relatively easy, with some bruising, swelling and discomfort that can be easily alleviated with cold compresses and medication. Most people are back to their normal routine within seven days, although a full recovery can take around two weeks.