It hurts to look in the mirror and see a person who’s much older than how you feel inside. Unfortunately, for many individuals, this is an all too common occurrence. The culprit: your eyes.
There’s a reason why so many cultures refer to the eyes as “the windows to the soul.” It’s because your eyes communicate more information with people than any other part of your face.
But over time, your eyelid skin stretches, your facial muscles weaken, and the fat pockets that surround your eyes become more prominent. This can make you look older and more tired than you really are.
Nobody deserves to feel insecure about the most important part of their eyes. The good news is: there are treatments available to bring new life to your eyes. A simple outpatient procedure known as an eye lift can get you the same results as a face lift in a matter of minutes.
What Is An Eye Lift?
An eyelid lift, otherwise known as cosmetic blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of:
- Droopy upper eyelids
- Excess skin that interferes with peripheral vision
- Bags under your eyes
In almost all cases, these effects are a result of lost elasticity in the skin around your eyes. An eye lift replicates that elasticity by removing excess skin (as well as muscle and fat) from your upper and lower eyelids to restore a youthful look to your eyes.
The procedure has an additional benefit of improving your vision by clearing your obstructing view resulting from droopy eyelids. In fact, the blepharoplasty procedure (particularly on the lower eyelid) is extremely effective at reducing lower lid puffiness and sagging due to prominent fat deposits.
An eye lift is not only an outpatient procedure, but it’s also safe. In a 30-year study with 4,395 eye lift patients, only 67 experienced any complications. And of those 67 patients, 40 of the complications were chemosis (a swelling of the eyes) which resolved itself in a matter of weeks.
If you do opt for an eye lift, there are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for the procedure:
- Medications––Stop taking any medications that thin your blood and prevent clotting, such as aspirin and ibuprofen. You’ll need to stop taking these medications several weeks before surgery.
- Food––Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your procedure.
- Makeup––Be sure to wear no makeup on the day of surgery. You also shouldn’t use any hair products, deoderant, lotions, or perfumes.
- Grab a Ride––The eye lift is an outpatient surgery, but you will need someone to drive you to and from your procedure.
After you’ve been anesthetized (either locally or generally), your surgeon will make multiple marks on the excess skin, fat pads, and (if necessary) the underlying muscle that will be removed in the surgery.
Your surgeon will then make a detailed and specific evaluation of how much skin to remove around your based on your bone structure, symmetry of your eyebrows, and facial musculature.
From there, they will make an incision on either or both of your upper and lower eyelids. The incisions are done precisely at the natural folds of your eyelids. That ensures that the surgery results in no visible scars.
The surgery itself consists of removing those spots that the doctor identified in their evaluation. Once surgery is completed, the doctor will use sutures or tissue adhesives to smooth the area around your eyebrows and eyelids.
Don’t worry about wearing an eyepatch––that’s rarely necessary. You’ll simply apply an antibiotic ointment to the areas around your eyes.
On the first day after surgery, you’ll also apply cold packs for 10-15 minutes every hour that you’re awake. This is to keep the swelling and bruising down.
On the second day after surgery, you only need to do cold packs for 10-15 minutes every few hours (depending on doctor’s orders).
After 48 hours, you’ll move to warm compresses to improve blood circulation and promote healing. You will experience some mild discomfort during this time, but you won’t likely need any prescription pain relievers.
You may experience:
- Swelling in eyes
- Bloodshot eyes
If the sutures in your eyelids are non-dissolving, the doctor will remove them about a week after the procedure. If they are dissolving, they will dissolve on their own in four to seven days.
Also keep in mind that you should not wear eye makeup for several weeks after surgery, depending on doctor’s orders, and you’ll be able to wear eyeglasses again once the initial swelling goes down.
Who’s a Good Candidate for Eye Lifts?
Sagging or drooping eyelids can be a perfectly normal side effect of aging. It may even be hereditary. If you're comfortable with that, then there’s no need for surgery. However, you don’t deserve to feel self-conscious about your most important facial feature.
Now, the procedure can absolutely give you more confidence, but it’s important to have proper expectations. Eye lifts cannot alter your bone structure or automatically make you look completely different (although the effects can be transformative).
Before you take the plunge, consider your goals and consult with your doctor to ensure that those goals are realistic.
Consider the following risk factors before surgery, as they may complicate an eye lift operation:
- Dry eye problems
- Thyroid eye disease
If you have the following conditions, they can exaggerate sagging skin around your eyes and make you a candidate for eye lifts:
- Puffy eyes
Most people who get eye lifts are 35 or older, and baggy eyelids and droopy eyes may even run in their family.
With a skilled doctor, the effects of an eye lift will last for 10 years or more. However, the procedure is not the fountain of youth—your aging process will inevitably continue. But you can reclaim an important aspect of your youthful appearance for years to come with an eye lift.
Trust An Expert For Your Eye Lift Procedure
An eye lift can be a life-changing surgery. With a renewed confidence and a restored self-esteem, you won’t just look younger. You’ll feel younger, too. In the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon, an eye lift is one of the most transformative methods to get younger-looking eyes.
Dr. Paul Proffer understands how sensitive and delicate eye lift procedures are. He is dedicated and highly respected in his field.