Eyelid Surgery (blepharoplasty) at Plastic + Hand
When you’re sick and tired of looking older than you feel, consider an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty). By restoring your bright, alert-looking eyes, eyelid surgery can transform your whole face, minimizing other signs of facial aging. Eyelid surgery not only makes you look more youthful and refreshed, it also keeps sagging lids from interfering with your vision.
Eyelid surgery produces dramatic, long-lasting results. The procedure has very minimal discomfort and offers a quick recovery time. No wonder it’s one of the top 5 cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. today.
Trained at some of the top medical centers, Plastic + Hand surgeons have the depth of experience and skills necessary to perform your eyelid surgery safely and successfully…all right here in Maine.
What does eyelid surgery involve?
Cosmetic eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids (or both), and the surrounding area of your eyes. We use this procedure to correct:
- Loose, sagging eyelids
- Wrinkles around the eyes
- Fatty deposits on the lids
- Bags under the eyes
We perform this procedure using either local or general anesthesia in the comfort of the accredited, state-of-the-art Plastic + Hand Surgery Center.
What are the different eyelid surgery procedures?
Eyelid procedures include traditional upper and lower eyelid lifts, fat pad transposition, structural fat grafting, and surgical chemical peels. You can discuss which eyelid procedures are best for you during your consultation with your Plastic + Hand surgeon.
What is upper eyelid surgery?
When performing an upper eyelid surgery, we make an incision within the natural fold of the lid, extending it slightly beyond the outside corner of the eye. Through this incision, we remove excess skin and fatty tissue.
Upper Eyelid Surgery 3-D Animation
What is lower eyelid surgery?
For lower eyelid procedures, we make an incision just below the lower lashes, removing excess skin and fat or redistributing fat to eliminate puffiness. In some cases, the incision can be made on the inside of the lower lid. With both upper and lower eyelid procedures, we place incisions where they will heal inconspicuously.
Lower Eyelid Surgery 3-D Animation
Eyelid surgery can improve the look of dark circles caused by excess skin casting a shadow. Your Plastic + Hand surgeon may recommend combining eyelid surgery with other procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, a brow lift or a facelift. This is something we can determine in your initial consultation.
Can I have upper and lower eyelid surgery at the same time?
If this is determined to be the best option for your desired outcome, it’s ideal to have both your upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery done at the same time. That way, you’ll have one recovery period to achieve the appearance you want.
Can I get a brow lift with my eyelid surgery?
During your initial consultation, you can discuss this question with your surgeon. Your Plastic + Hand surgeon may recommend a brow lift or a facelift if it’s appropriate for achieving your desired outcome.
Can I get eyelid surgery if I wear contacts?
Yes, you can absolutely get eyelid surgery if you wear contacts lenses. Immediately after surgery, you will not wear your contacts. However, you can resume your normal contact lenses wearing between 7-10 days after eyelid surgery.
What should I expect after my eyelid procedure?
After your eyelid surgery, we’ll take you to our recovery area where you will be closely monitored. Your eyes won’t be bandaged, and your pain level should be quite low. You will experience blurry vision from post-surgery swelling and the ointment used to protect your eyes during surgery. Within a few hours, a friend or relative can drive you home.
Upon arriving home, you should rest quietly with your head elevated. Your vision may stay blurry for a few days and your eyes may be temporarily sensitive to light with some dryness or excess tearing. During the first couple of days, you may have slight discomfort and some swelling or bruising. Swelling may take from one to several weeks to resolve completely; bruising usually lasts from one to two weeks. We’ll remove your stitches within a week of surgery.
While results vary, there are very few complications associated with eyelid surgery. You can expect to return to work and normal activities in a week to ten days. During that time, you can resume using makeup and wearing your contact lenses. We recommend wearing sunglasses for a couple of weeks and using sunblock for at least a month.
How long before I can resume activity after eyelid surgery?
Immediately after eyelid surgery, you’ll receive specific post-op instructions, but here are some general recommendations for easing into resumed activity:
- Post-op: Immediately after surgery, rest is a priority. You will use two pillows at bedtime and keep your head elevated. You should also not bend forward from the waist during this time.
- At 1-2 weeks: You can resume most sedentary activities.
- At 4-6 weeks: You can likely resume all everyday activity, including sports and strenuous activities.
If you have specific questions about resuming activities after eyelid surgery, please discuss it directly with your surgeon.
What are the results of eyelid surgery?
The healing process is gradual, so it may be several weeks before you see the final result of your eyelid procedure. Incision lines will fade, becoming barely visible over the course of several months. Your mirror will reveal alert, youthful-looking eyes, an image you will enjoy for many years to come.
Are eyelid surgery results permanent?
It’s important to note that it’s natural to have some gradual changes to your face as you age, and that eyelid surgery does not stop your eyes from aging. However, you can enjoy the improvements and results from your eyelid surgery for many years to come.
Who are the best candidates for eyelid surgery?
Healthy women and men between the ages of 40 and 70 are usually the best candidates for eyelid surgery. Your Plastic + Hand surgeon will need to know your medical history, particularly whether you have allergies affecting the eyes or have been diagnosed with any eye conditions including “dry eye.” If you are a smoker, we highly recommend that you quit before having surgery. A consultation at Plastic + Hand Surgical Associates will determine if eyelid surgery is right for you.
With a Plastic + Hand surgeon, you’ll get the results you want with the respect you deserve…all right here in Maine.
OUR PLASTIC + HAND SURGEONS LEAD EYELID SURGERY MAINE PROCEDURES
If you’re considering eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to restore your bright and alert-looking eyes, fix sagging lids that interfere with your vision, or minimize facial aging with dramatic, long-lasting results, our Plastic + Hand team has the most qualified eyelid surgeons in Maine.
With training from some of the top medical centers in the U.S. (including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UCSF, Mayo Clinic), Plastic + Hand surgeons have the depth of experience and skills necessary to perform your eyelid surgery safely and successfully in the comfort of our accredited Plastic + Hand Surgery Center located on-site here in Portland, Maine.
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Each and every patient is unique. It’s important to us that we listen to our patients from the outset, so a phone consultation with our Patient Care Coordinator is the first step in determining whether eyelid surgery is appropriate for you.