Eyelift lift cosmetic surgery is medically known as blepharoplasty. It is an aesthetic procedure that can mitigate the signs of aging around the eyelids and create a more youthful appearance for the upper face. The surgeon will perform this surgery in multiple steps which can vary marginally as per the correction needed in the upper, lower, or both lids.
During the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will explain all aspects of the blepharoplasty procedure as well as the various steps it entails. After the patient develops a thorough understanding of the surgical procedure, they will be in a better position to make an informed choice.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides eyelid surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.
The blepharoplasty surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia or mild sedation. The sedation will ensure that the patient remains comfortable during the operation. The surgeon may advise general anesthesia if the blepharoplasty cosmetic surgery is performed along with another procedure or if the patient feels excessively anxious or nervous.
A qualified anesthesiologist or anesthetic nurse will administer the general anesthesia. They will also remain in attendance during the surgery in the operating room to oversee the patient’s reaction to the anesthesia. An experienced anesthesiologist can ascertain any poor response to the anesthetic early on and will mitigate the risks.
Lower Eyelid Lift
After the anesthesia, the surgeon will place tiny incisions in strategic areas to hide any ensuing scarring. The natural creases present in the skin underneath the lower lids are ideal to place the minute and discreet incisions. The surgeon will remove surplus fat and skin through these incisions and may also tighten sagging underlying muscles.
In case the area beneath the lower eyelids appears depressed, the surgeon may transfer fat or use dermal filler injectables to address the hollows. After the surgery is over, the surgeon will close the incisions carefully using sutures.
Upper Eyelid Lift
The surgeon will create the incisions in the natural upper lid creases after the anesthesia. This will minimize the noticeable scarring from the procedure. The surgeon will trim away the surplus skin to mitigate the droopy effect of the upper lids and address partial vision hindrance if any. They will also tighten any weak underlying muscles as well.
After the saggy skin is eliminated, the surgeon will lift and reattach the remaining skin for a more youthful appearance in the upper eyelids. After the surgery is over, they will use sutures to close the incisions.
The surgeon may advise the patient to undergo a transconjunctival blepharoplasty in case the skin in the eyelids does not have laxity though surplus fatty deposits are surrounding the eyelids. This procedure is less invasive and suitable for patients who do not have very conspicuous under eye bags.
The surgeon will place multiple tiny incisions inside the lower lid after the anesthesia. They will eliminate surplus fat deposits through these incisions. The removal of skin and muscle tightening is not a part of this surgery. There will be no external scarring as the surgeon will place the incisions within the eyelids.
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