Eyelid lift surgery, or blepharoplasty, is performed to rectify wrinkled, sagging skin on the eyelids. An upper blepharoplasty is used to alleviate drooping eyelids, while a lower blepharoplasty is essential in eliminating bags under the eyes. Ultimately, eyelid surgery can help patients with a “tired” look achieve a rejuvenated, “alert” appearance.

Blepharoplasties and More at Reichner Plastic Surgery

Dr. Daniel Reichner is a board-certified plastic surgeon and fellow of The American College of Surgeons who offers a huge variety of face, breast, and body procedures in Orange County, California. During your initial consultation, Dr. Reichner will review your medical history and carefully examine your symptoms to ensure you are a candidate for plastic surgery.

If so, the next step is determining if you’re eligible for upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both. Often, it makes sense to combine an eye lift with a brow lift for well-rounded improvements to the upper face. If you are also considering a facelift, receiving this treatment simultaneously could potentially reduce the number of necessary incisions.

Where Are the Incisions Made During a Blepharoplasty?

After administering local or general anesthesia, incisions are made to remove excess skin and/or fat. These incisions will be created in one or more of the following secluded locations:

  • Natural crease at the top of the upper eyelid
  • Along the lash line of the lower eyelid (for the removal of fat and skin)
  • Inside the lower eyelid (if only fat is being removed or repositioned)

Is the Purpose of an Eyelid Lift Cosmetic or Functional?

In short, the answer is both. Besides the aesthetic concerns with aging skin, many patients may notice reduced peripheral vision because of those sagging upper eyelids. This can be corrected with the help of the upper blepharoplasty technique.

Another cause of upper eyelid sagging could be weakened levator muscles. In these cases, Dr. Reichner can surgically shorten or tighten these muscles to restore upper eyelid functionality.

Will I Be Able to Wear Glasses and Contacts After a Blepharoplasty?

Once your eyelids fully heal from your blepharoplasty surgery, you’ll eventually be able to go back to wearing any glasses or contacts as needed or desired. You’ll likely be instructed to avoid contacts for at least two weeks after your procedure in order to allow for proper eyelid recovery. If you don’t need glasses, we still highly recommend wearing dark sunglasses during this time to protect your eyes and eyelids from the sun and wind.

Since we may use a lubricating ointment during your surgery, your vision will be somewhat blurry immediately afterward. Therefore, you should arrange for someone to drive you home.

How Long Will I Get to Enjoy My Results?

Lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be repeated. However, the aging process can sometimes necessitate a follow-up treatment for the upper eyelids five to seven years later. Patients can potentially extend their results by using sunglasses and taking good care of their skin.

Seeing and Looking Better With Blepharoplasty

Whether you’re hoping for cosmetic enhancements, functional improvements, or both, blepharoplasty can be an incredible option. To learn more about this treatment, contact Reichner Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation.