Best Candidates for an Eye Lift
Both men and women have eye lifts, with the best candidates being those whose eyes are droopy and baggy, but this can differ from person to person. Both older and young patients can benefit from this procedure.
The best candidates for blepharoplasty are always physically healthy and emotionally stable. It is also best if you are well-informed about the procedure. Ideal candidates are typically at least 35.
Candidates may be excluded if they suffer from any of the following conditions: dry eye, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, glaucoma, or Graves’ disease. Personal anatomy issues, including bone and supporting structure, may also affect your whether you are suitable for this procedure.
Preparation for an Eye Lift
Before you undergo an eye lift, it is important for you to discuss any medical conditions that you have with your surgeon. You will need to tell him/her about any medications that you are taking including any herbal or any other non-prescription medication. If your surgeon decides that you can have an eye lift, discuss the procedure thoroughly with him or her before deciding if you want to go through with the procedure. You may still change your mind even after discussing the procedure during your consultation.
During your consultation your surgeon will also detail the procedure, benefits and risks and answer any questions you have. The assessment with the surgeon will give you a detailed understanding of the treatment – the extent of surgery, your health evaluation, your expectations and exactly where the areas of the eyes will be treated.
Your surgeon should be able to answer any questions that you have about eye lifts including questions about what to expect during and after an eye lift and the complications or problems that sometimes occur with eye lifts. You may consider taking information from this website to your appointment to discuss with him.
At your consultation you and your surgeon will discuss your goals, and last queries you have and finalize the plan for surgery. From your examination, he can determine the best procedure to use, and then explain it to you in detail, including the benefits and limitations. The surgeon may also recommend a combination of the upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty or submental liposuction, for a better facial profile.
It is important to stress the importance of not smoking before an eye lift procedure. Smoking can cause problems with circulation and make complications more likely, including post-operative chest procedures. Please also note the GG Guarantee is not valid for smokers.
Incisions are made along the line creases of the upper eyelid and possibly along the outer lower rim of the eye’s skin. When removing fatty tissue, but not skin, the surgeon may perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty with an incision inside the lower rim of the eye’s skin – he will do this for eye bags and excess fatty tissue removal if necessary. These incisions often reach the outer corners of the eyes. The surgeon then divides the fatty tissue and muscle from the skin so that excess skin, fat, or muscle can be removed. The procedure leaves no visible scars as it is hidden within the natural creases of the upper eyelid and for the lower eyelid, it is completely hidden.
The blepharoplasty procedure is often performed under local anesthesia—while you are sedated (twilight sedation) — as a day case. General anesthesia (while you are asleep) may be used. Be sure to discuss the appropriate type of anesthesia with your doctor and the anesthesiologist. Patients return home typically within hours of the surgery.
Recovery and Post-op care
The eyes will often be lubricated and covered with bandages after surgery. Pain and discomfort can be managed with oral medications. You will also be prescribed an antibiotic to prevent infection. Additionally, you will receive a list of instructions to follow for a number of days, including: