An eyelift, or blepharoplasty, is an eyelid surgery procedure performed to remove the extra skin and bagginess around the eyes. The signs of aging first appear around the eye and can make an individual look tired or angry. Dr. Rosen performs eyelid surgery for patients in Fairfield County, Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Darien, New Canaan, New Haven, Fairfield, Stamford, Greenwich, Bridgeport, and Westchester County.
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelift surgery, is typically performed in the office under twilight anesthesia and takes approximately 90 minutes.
An incision is made in a natural crease of the upper eyelid, approximately ¼ of an inch above the lash line. Excess fat and skin are removed. If the upper eyelid condition is accompanied by sagging of the eyebrows, then a browlift may be recommended.
The lower eyelids are approached through either an incision just below the lower eyelashes or the “scarless” approach from inside the eyelid. Which procedure is the correct one for you, will be discussed at the consultation.
Sutures are removed in about 4 days. Bruising normally disappears in seven to ten days following blepharoplasty eyelid surgery. The incision lines will fade over several months until they become barely visible.
Fortunately, complications are not common making this one of the more popular procedures performed by plastic surgeons. It may also make a dramatic improvement in one” appearance. It may also be done in conjunction with a browlift, chemical peel, or laser procedure to achieve an optimal result.
For more information about plastic surgeon Rick Rosen or our plastic surgery procedures, including eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), please e-mail or call our Connecticut plastic surgery staff at 203-899-0000. With our plastic surgery office located in Norwalk, Connecticut, we serve eyelid surgery patients in Fairfield County, Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Darien, New Canaan, New Haven, Fairfield, Stamford, Greenwich, Bridgeport, and Westchester County.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Does eyelift surgery cover upper and lower eyelids?
Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery applies to surgery of both upper and lower or just one or the other depending on what the patient may require or desire. The eyelids are paired and when you look at someone you look at the whole eyelid area. Therefore they should look like they belong together for a natural look.
Who should have eyelid surgery?
Most eyelid surgery patients start to see changes in the eyelid area that are significant enough to consider surgery in the late 30’s and early 40’s. Patients who have puffiness in the upper and/or lower eyelid region with extra skin and complain of looking tired will usually benefit from this procedure.
What will I look and feel like after my eyelid surgery procedure?
This, most patients tell me, is the easiest procedure to recover from. There is minimal discomfort and the bruising should last about 7-10 days normally. No dressings are placed other than iced compresses. The hardest thing about the recovery is the boredom. We want no reading, no computers, no television, no driving. All of these activities will increase bruising and swelling.
Are my results permanent?
The short answer is no. The results are very long lasting, but typically after 10-15 years, extra skin starts to appear on the upper eyelid region, although it is typically sagging of the brow region, it may be the eyelid as well.