Blepharoplasty is the medical term for eyelid surgery or eye lift. The procedure is performed to remove excess skin on the upper eyelid and/or to lift and reduce wrinkles in the lower eyelid area to improve the appearance of the eyelids. As people age, the skin around the eyes loses elasticity and gravity pulls it down. This surgery can be done on the upper lids, lower lids or both.
In most cases, this surgery is done for cosmetic purposes but it can potentially improve the field of vision for older patients that have saggy skin troubling or getting in the way of their upper visual fields. An eyelid surgery will not correct vision problems such as myopia, presbyopia or crow’s feet, but it will result in a more youthful appearance around the eyes.
Older patients may get this surgery if they have experienced skin elasticity loss and would like a more youthful appearance. A younger patient might get this surgery if droopy eyelids run in their family.
The recovery time after this procedure varies, but a patient’s eyelids will usually heal within several days and the stitches can be removed after 3 to 6 days. It is common to have swelling and/or bruising and dry eyes may persist for up to two weeks.
The patient needs to have someone to drive them home after the surgery and it is recommended to either work from home or take a few days off work post surgery.
Eyelid surgery is a safe surgery and Dr. Davison will ask each patient about their general health, medication and lifestyle during their consultation. He will inquire about medical conditions including high blood pressure, thyroid problems, diabetes and allergies.