Eyelid Lift

Excessive sagging or wrinkling of upper or lower eyelid skin can be corrected by having an eyelid lift. Excessive skin that interferes with your vision may be removed as part of an eyelid lift. If you have lost your natural upper eyelid crease, it can be re-defined with an eyelid lift. Puffy pouches of fat in the upper or lower lids, which create a tired or aged appearance, can be removed during this procedure. A more youthful and rested eye appearance can be achieved by having an eyelid lift. An eyelid lift may also widen visual fields if excessive upper eyelid skin causes partially blocked vision. An eyelid lift will soften wrinkle lines. It is impossible to remove or erase all lines. Additional procedures that can enhance the result of an eyelid lift are a forehead lift, facelift, and/or a skin peel. 

How is an eyelid lift performed?

The operation is done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local anesthesia. Incisions are made where the natural crease should be in the upper lids and below the lash line in the lower lids. Excess fat and skin are removed. If only excess fat is present in the lower lids, it may be removed through an incision inside the lower lids with no external incision or scar (transconjunctival blepharoplasty).

Recovery after an eyelid lift

Sutures are usually removed within 4 to 6 days. Initial discomfort is mild and can be controlled with medication. A patient will experience bruising and sensitivity to light for the first week or two following surgery. Swelling progressively disappears over several weeks. Eye makeup can be used shortly after structures are removed. Contacts may be worn when patients feel comfortable, which is typically within 7 to 10 days.

Insurance Guidelines

Occasionally, if surgery is required to improve the field of vision, insurance may cover upper lid surgery. Otherwise, these procedures are considered to be cosmetic and the cost must be paid by the patient.

*Before and after photos are available at the time of consult.