If you constantly hear the phrase, “You look tired,” when you’ve had plenty of rest, you might be a viable candidate for an eyelid lift. This type of procedure gives you that rested and naturally youthful appearance you’ve been looking for.
Each patient is different, so no procedure is the same but those considering an eyelid lift are wanting to address sagging skin around the eyes, smooth out wrinkles and reduce puffiness. We’ve all heard the saying, “the eyes are the window to the soul,” so when our eyes appear to sag or droop, people might assume we are angry or sad even when we’re not.
Undergoing an upper eyelid surgery can help diminish those wrinkles and sagging skin to give you a more relaxed and youthful look. Upper eyelid surgery will remove the excess skin and involves an incision that is made in the natural crease above the eye. Your surgeon will then remove excess skin and fat or adjust the muscles that surround your eye to give you the results you are looking for.
Eyelid surgery is typically done as an outpatient procedure and can last anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours. Some people decide to have a brow lift or facelift done at the same time, so this can lengthen the procedure time. Recovery is usually easy for most patients and there is some visible bruising and swelling for the first few days. Experts advise using cold compresses and sleeping with your head elevated for the first few days post-surgery.
Patients shouldn’t begin driving again until cleared by their physician but most return to work and normal life about two weeks after an eyelid lift. There are a few side effects post-surgery. Your eyes will get tired more quickly for the first few weeks after surgery so let them rest when they need to. It’s also important to protect your eyes from severe weather, particularly sun and wind so investing in some protective eyewear is key. Patients should also avoid lifting, straining or bending down to pick up heavy objects for about a month after surgery. Leading a healthy lifestyle and using sunscreen are important steps in keeping your results long lasting.
The Right Medical Team and a Realistic Budget
Considering the cost of any cosmetic procedure is also a key process in coming to the right decision. You are basically investing in yourself so make sure you do your homework and understand the benefits and set backs of all your options. A qualified plastic surgeon will help you take all this information into consideration and talk you through all your options.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
The professionals at Moein Surgical Arts can provide you with all the information you need to make the right choice for your upper eyelid surgery. Dr. Babak Moein, MD, FACS, is one of the very few surgeons in the country that is dual fellowship trained in minimally invasive surgery, as well as cosmetic aesthetic and body contouring surgery. He is the only surgeon in Southern California with such qualifications.
This combination of training offers significant advantages to his patients during their assessment and surgical planning and makes Dr. Moein uniquely qualified among his colleagues to meet the cosmetic needs of his patients. The ability to achieve a patient’s cosmetic goals using minimally invasive techniques allows for better decision making on both short-term cosmetic goals and long-term preservation of such changes.