The skin of your eyelids is the thinnest skin of your face. Thin skin has little collagen elasticity and is more susceptible to aging changes and sun damage. Whenever we blink (as we do thousands of times a day) or close our eyes, we are stretching the upper eyelid down to meet the lower. Eventually, this skin lengthens, creating extra folds. Women often notice this extra skin when applying makeup. For both women and men alike, the extra eyelid skin can lapse over the upper lids and eyelashes, leading to a droopy appearance. The mid-facial tissue support also weakens, contributing to a long, tired look.
Areas of Improvement
Upper eyelid, lower eyelid or both
Results will Last
10-12 years for upper eyelids. Lower eyelids surgery is usually life long.
Swelling and bruising is expected but usually resolves in 7-10 days. Temporary numbness of the eyelids will last for 6-8 weeks.
An eyelid lift, also called a blepharoplasty, can rejuvenate your appearance by removing the extra fat and skin of your eyelids. There are two types of blepharoplasty, and we invite you to learn more by choosing one of the following links:
- An upper eyelid lift removes the excess skin of your upper eyelids to restore a more youthful appearance.
- A lower eyelid lift repositions the skin and fat beneath your eyes to eliminate that “puffy” look.
Lower Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)
When our friends and family members say we look tired, in most cases, they are referring to the aging changes they see around our eyes. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, is a surgical procedure designed to refresh the appearance around the eyes and create a more youthful look.
We all have pockets of protective fat around the eyes. Normally, a barrier holds back this fat. As we age (or in some individuals who inherit the trait), the barrier weakens, allowing the fat to push forward to create a puffy appearance. The mid-facial tissue support also weakens, contributing to the long, tired look of your lower eyelids.
Why have a lower eyelid blepharoplasty?
If you have excess skin in your lower eyelids, a lower eyelid lift (a lower eyelid blepharoplasty) procedure can remove and tighten it. If you have puffiness beneath your eyes due to fat pushing or herniating forward, Dr. Sullivan will recommend repositioning this fat. Most patients require some combination of skin and fat repositioning to correct the lower eyelid appearance.
Blepharoplasty can remove the excess fat, muscle, and skin from both upper and lower lids. The results can be a refreshed appearance, with a younger, firmer eye area. As with all facial plastic surgery, good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites.
In lower eyelid lift surgery, Dr. Sullivan makes an incision in an inconspicuous site along the lash line and smile creases of the lower lid. He then trims away excess fat, muscle, and skin before closing the incision with fine sutures.
Some patients have puffiness from herniated fat without skin laxity. In these cases, Dr. Sullivan performs a “transconjunectival” blepharoplasty procedure, there is no external incision. The incision in this case is made inside the lower eyelid, through which Dr. Sullivan repositions or removes the excess fatty material.
A certain degree of swelling and bruising is normal. Cold compresses, as well as head elevation when lying down, will help your recovery. In most cases, you are able to return to work and resume normal activities after one week. We advise our patients to wear sunglasses in the summer months following surgery in order to protect your eyelids from the sun and to help minimizing scarring.
Upper Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)
When our friends and family members say we look tired, in most cases, they are referring to the aging changes they see around our eyes. Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to refresh the appearance around the eyes and create a more youthful look. An upper blepharoplasty or eyelid lift removes excess skin from the upper eyelids.
Why have an upper eyelid blepharoplasty?
We all have pockets of protective fat around the eyes. Normally, a barrier holds back this fat. As we age (or in some individuals who inherit the trait), the barrier weakens, allowing the fat to push forward to create a puffy appearance. This can occur in both the upper eyelids and lower eyelids. As the fat pushes forward, it also contributes to the eyelid skin stretching.
After you and Dr. Sullivan make a mutual decision to move forward with the surgery, you both will discuss the technique indicated for your individual surgery. The type of anesthesia, the surgical facility, any supportive surgery, and the risks and costs inherent in the procedure are outlined at this time. You must also make the commitment to follow the pre-surgical and post-operative instructions.
In upper eyelid lift surgery, Dr. Sullivan first marks the individual lines and creases of your lids to keep the scars as invisible as possible along these natural folds. He will accurately measure the amount of skin to be removed. He then makes the incision and removes the excess fat, muscle, and loose skin. He uses fine sutures to close the incisions, thereby minimizing the visibility of any scar.
In most cases, You are able to return to work and resume normal activities after one week. Dr. Sullivan will advise you to wear sunglasses in the summer months following surgery in order to protect your eyelids from the sun and to help minimize scarring. Sutures are typically removed after 5 to 7 days.
Why have an Eyelid Lift?
Whether you desire an eyelid lift surgery for functional or cosmetic reasons, your choice of a qualified facial plastic surgeon is of paramount importance. During your pre-surgical consultation, Dr. Michael Sullivan will examine you and ask questions concerning your vision, tear production, use of lenses, and your desires for Eyelid surgery. Dr. Sullivan will explain what you can expect from blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery and take a complete medical history. Your age, skin type, ethnic background, and degree of vision obstruction are factors that must be taken into consideration.
People with circulatory, ophthalmological, or serious medical conditions must rely on their own personal specialists to determine whether blepharoplasty is an option. A consultation with a facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Sullivan can help you decide whether any additional, complementary surgery can increase the success of the surgery. Dr. Sullivan might, for example, recommend a simultaneous browlift or forehead lift to correct a drooping brow or skin resurfacing to remove the fine-line wrinkling around your eyes.
During your consultation, he will examine you to determine whether you may need a lower eyelid lift, an upper eyelid lift or both. After you and Dr. Sullivan make a mutual decision to proceed with your eyelid surgery, he will discuss with you the technique indicated for your individual eyelid surgery outlining the type of anesthesia, the surgical facility, any supportive surgery, and the risks and costs of the procedure.
Eyelid Surgery Post-Op Results
Eyelid surgery —whether on your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both—can result in a more youthful appearance and a less tired, more bright expression. This surgery will not make you look like someone else; often the results are more subtle rejuvenation. Read about the two blepharoplasty procedures to learn more about each.
How much does an Eyelid Lift cost in Columbus, Ohio?
The fees for an eyelid lift will be based on the exact nature of the procedure. The total fee for the upper eyelid lift is about $2400. The total fee for a lower eyelid lift will range from $4500-$6000 depending on the exact nature of the procedure. An exact quote is given upon consultation and examination.