An Eyelid lift or blepharoplasty as it is more commonly known is the surgical procedure performed to correct and lift drooping upper eyelids or ptosis. Drooping and sagging eyelids tend to make a person look tired all the time and older than they are. It can also interfere with vision, interfere with the ability to blink and in some cases, even cause headaches.
What is Eyelid Surgery?
Dr. Joseph Russell is a highly skilled and board-certified facial plastic surgeon who performs this surgery to lift and tighten the tissue and muscles that control the eyelid. He also removes fat deposits that can make the area around the eyes puffy. Puffy eyes make the patient look fatigued even when they aren’t. The surgery can be performed on both the upper and lower lids.
How is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
While the patient is awake and sitting upright before surgery, Dr. Russell determines how much tissue needs to be removed from around the eyes and marks the incision areas with a pen. Ideally, incisions are made along the natural crease of the eyelid. When marking the lower lid, he may have the patient look up or even open their mouths.
During the procedure, Dr. Russell will carefully make incisions along the natural creases of the eyelids or in some cases, inside the eyelid which will create no visible scarring. He will then proceed to remove any excess hanging or loose skin as well as any fat deposits that need to be removed. Sutures will then be placed carefully to ensure that no scarring will be visible, and the sutures which will be taken out within the week can be easily removed.
Blepharoplasty Patient: This patient had an upper blepharoplasty performed to remove the excess hanging skin from the upper eyelids.
Eye Lift Patient: This patient had very heavy upper eyelids that made her appear tired. In addition to a deep plane face lift, she underwent an upper eyelid lift, and now her eyes are more open and she appears alert and refreshed.
Who is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
A good candidate for an eyelid lift is about 35 years of age or older and in otherwise good physical and mental health, though younger people also have the surgery if they have noticeable bags under their eyes. A good candidate has healthy skin, tissue, and muscle in their face and has realistic expectations, especially when it comes to lower lid surgery.
People who aren’t good candidates for blepharoplasty include those with hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure, and dry eyes caused by problems with their tear ducts. Other people who may not be good candidates for the operation have Graves disease, a type of thyroid disorder; glaucoma; diabetes; cardiovascular problems or a detached retina. These conditions are especially problematic if the patient is considering lower eyelid blepharoplasty.
Eyelid Surgery Consultation
When a prospective patient arrives for a consultation with Dr. Russell, he’ll take the patient’s medical history. The patient should tell him if they smoke, drink, are on any medications or are taking any supplements or vitamins. The doctor will ask if the patient has had any prior surgeries, especially around their eyes and if they have any pre-existing condition that may compromise their ability to heal from the surgery. Dr. Russell will also ask what the patient wants from the surgery, and the two will formulate a plan to achieve the patient’s goals.
Learn More About Eyelid Lift Procedures
Dr. Joseph Russell graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Summa Cum Laude. Following his 5-year residency, he was handpicked to complete a prestigious one-year plastic surgery fellowship in New York City. If drooping eyelids or bags under your eyes are making you look older and tired, call today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Russell.