Eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) is one of the top cosmetic surgeries in the country, helping more than 100,000 people to rejuvenate the appearance of their eyes each year. An eyelid lift is popular because it’s a relatively simple procedure that affords impressive benefits, revealing a younger-looking, refreshed appearance with a relatively rapid recovery.
To get the most out of your surgery, here are 5 fun facts about eyelid lifts:
Eyelid lifts aren’t really lifts.
Though an eyelid lift is certainly an uplifting experience because it restores a more youthful appearance—and who isn’t excited about that?—the operative word in an eyelid lift should be “removal” rather than “lift.” Eyelid surgery involves the removal of fat deposits, excess tissue, or muscle from the eyelids.
It’s not a replacement for Botox®.
Eyelid surgery can dramatically rejuvenate your face, taking years off your appearance. If you suffer from droopy eyelids or bags under your eyes, an eyelid lift might be just what you need. However, certain lines and wrinkles around the eyes, such as crow’s feet, aren’t always improved with an eyelid lift. You may benefit from additional cosmetic treatments, such as Botox, to help smooth fine lines around the eyes, or forehead wrinkles. During your consultation, our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Khalique Zahir, will carefully consider your facial contours and goals to devise an optimal treatment plan that may include a chemical peel, injectables, or other treatments.
You don’t need to go under.
To ensure comfort, eyelid surgery usually involves a combination of local anesthetic with mild, oral sedation.
Plan on some downtime.
Though eyelid lifts are well tolerated, adequate downtime is essential to your recovery. Plan on taking at least a week off work, and having someone drive you to and from your surgery and throughout the first week post surgery. You will also need to apply antibiotic ointment to prevent infection and ice to curb swelling the week following surgery.
The doctor matters.
Last, but certainly not least, the key to every successful eyelid surgery and achieving natural-looking, beautiful results is choosing the right eye surgeon. The doctor performing your surgery should not only possess a thorough knowledge of facial anatomy, but also have a keen eye for aesthetic detail. Eyelid surgery is a delicate procedure that calls for restraint and precision. A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Zahir has years of experience performing eyelid lifts and will help you attain the most flattering, natural-looking results possible.