Blepharoplasty, also known as an eye lift, is a procedure to improve the appearance and function of the eyelids. While ptosis is a drooping of the eyelid muscles, age can also cause just the skin of the eyelid to sag (called dermatochalasis). When the skin of the eyelids loses elasticity, new skin folds are created that can begin to droop over the lashes and cover the pupil, blocking the upper field of vision. Blepharoplasty removes this excess skin and any fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids.
How does the treatment work?
Blepharoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia and can range from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on whether you are having the procedure on both the upper and lower eyelids.
Small incision lines are made along the natural crease lines of your eyelids. Then fat deposits are repositioned or removed, muscles and tissue are tightened, and excess skin is removed. After the procedure, the incisions are closed with fine sutures.
What is the recovery like?
After the procedure, cold compresses are applied to reduce swelling and bruising and antibiotic ointment or drops may be prescribed. Discomfort is generally mild, and non-aspirin pain relievers are usually all that is necessary after the procedure. Warm compresses may also be recommended after several days to increase blood flow to the area and encourage healing. Most patients are able to return to their regular daily activities within several days.