Cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a procedure that can help you enhance the appearance of areas around the eyes. For the lower eyelids, this treatment can reduce undereye bags and puffiness to create a more youthful and rested look. For the upper lids, eyelid surgery can be very beneficial for rejuvenating a tired or aged appearance, as well as for reducing excess, overhanging skin that may be obstructing your vision. At Riverside EyeCare Professionals our board-certified ophthalmologists—Michael Sumsion, MD and Sean Sumsion, MD—perform blepharoplasty procedures that are individually customized to address each patient’s unique needs and create balanced, natural-looking results.
For more information about eyelid surgery, we welcome you to explore the video and educational sections provided below, or contact our practice:
Types of Eyelid Surgery
The two types of blepharoplasty refer to which region is being addressed during the procedure, either the upper eyelid or the lower eyelid. Each variation of blepharoplasty is designed to correct a different group of cosmetic and/or vision-related concerns:
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper blepharoplasty can correct upper eyelid drooping or heaviness caused by excess inelastic skin and/or fat deposits. This type of procedure may be medically necessary when skin laxity obscures the field of vision. The main goal of upper blepharoplasty is to restore the natural shape of the eyelid crease and create a smoother, more youthful looking eyelid.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower blepharoplasty can target sagging skin, bags, and general puffiness below the eyes. The main goal of a lower blepharoplasty is to smooth the region below the eyes, reducing the appearance of wrinkling and restoring a renewed and rested look.
Depending on your needs, your customized blepharoplasty plan can include upper eyelid lift techniques, lower eyelid lift techniques, or a combination of both for comprehensive rejuvenation.
How Is The Eyelid Lift Procedure Performed?
Eyelid surgery is performed using very small incisions that are hidden in the natural creases of the eyelids. Excess skin and/or fat is removed and the remaining skin is tightened for a smoother appearance. Eyelid surgery can typically be performed under local anesthesia and the appropriate level of sedation. The procedure usually takes between one to two hours based on the complexity of the surgical plan.
What Should I Expect During Recovery from an Eyelid Lift?
Since this is a surgical procedure, an eyelid lift does require a brief recovery period. Following surgery, bruising, swelling, and some discomfort is common; however, most patients are able to resume normal daily routines after a few days. You will be provided detailed post-operative instructions on how to take any prescribed medications and care for your eyelids. The length of your recovery is largely dependent upon the extent of your surgery and the techniques used to accomplish your lift. Your doctor will monitor your healing progress during follow-up appointments and can project your recovery milestones.
Are you interested in learning more about eyelid lift surgery at Riverside EyeCare Professionals? If so, we encourage you to contact our practice to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced ophthalmologists.