What is an Eyelid Lift?
The term eyelid lift refers to a group of two similar procedures. So the specific operation you receive will depend on the needs of your eyes and your aesthetic goals.
An eyelid lift is any procedure that alters the shape of the eyelids and surrounding skin to make the eye itself appear more open and bright. As people age, the tissue immediately above the eye can sag, lose its plumpness and even occlude vision. Eyelid lifts attempt to correct this by removing and reshaping tissue and, sometimes, tightening it with a laser.
Upper VS Lower Eyelid Lift
There are some considerable differences between upper and lower eyelid lifts.
Some people can develop heavy deposits of tissue above their eyes as they get old when can fold and then sag over the eye itself. So the purpose of upper eyelid surgery is usually to reduce the appearance of drooping or “hooded” eyelids.
Lower eyelid surgery is mainly for reducing the appearance of eye bags. By removing tissue and reshaping skin, Dr. Schalit can lighten the tissue for a more youthful appearance.
In upper eyelid blepharoplasty, Dr. Schalit makes an incision along the fold of the upper eyelid and then removes excess skin as appropriate before closing the incision.
For lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Schalit will use a transconjunctival approach to surgically remove the excess tissue and fat pads below the eyes. This approach is scarless leaving no incision line.
Recovery from both lower and upper eyelid surgery is similar. You will need to avoid smoking, rubbing your eyes, and using contact lenses.