Eyelid Lift Surgery Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The eyes are not only “windows to the soul” but also a telltale sign of our age, mood and how much sleep we got last night. The eyes are the first to reveal that we are stressed, tired and getting older. Under-eye bags, loose lid skin and noticeable wrinkling detract from the natural beauty of the eyes. Creams and serums will have no impact on these concerns — they can only be improved through surgical correction with the plastic surgeons at South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery.
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, improves the appearance of the eyelids and the area around the eyes. It helps you look more awake and well rested (almost as though you just returned from a relaxing vacation). When performed by acknowledged eyelid experts, blepharoplasty can give you the wide-eyed, rejuvenated appearance that you desire. It can turn back the clock 10 years and help you attain a more pleasant appearance.
For real-life examples of what eyelid surgery can achieve, please visit our before and after eyelid surgery photo gallery.
A Brighter, More Alert Expression
Eyelid lift may be right for you if you are self-conscious of aging, tired-looking eyes. It can also help if your vision is impaired by saggy upper eyelids that droop into your line of sight. After eyelid lift, you will feel more attractive. Your eyes will be more expressive of your feelings and thoughts. You might be able to see more clearly!
Think of the confidence you will enjoy, knowing that your eyes reflect a more vibrant energy. It will probably feel more exciting to socialize with peers and coworkers. You might feel better about yourself after a divorce or a significant life event, and feel motivated to pursue a promotion or a new job.
Leading Eyelid Surgeons in Fort Lauderdale
Eyelid surgery requires the technical and artistic expertise of a truly qualified surgeon. South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery is home to some of Fort Lauderdale’s most respected facial and eyelid surgeons. We are known for our excellent technique and compassionate, attentive patient care.
We perform eyelid surgery in a state-of-the-art facility using leading edge technology. Our surgeons are supported by a team of knowledgeable staff focused on your safety and satisfaction.
Correct the Signs of Aging
Your eyelid surgery will be tailored to your individual needs and concerns. This depends on the general condition of your eyelids, including the amount of sun damage, the thickness and elasticity of your skin, degree of wrinkling, underlying bone structure and other factors.
Eyelid surgery can accomplish the following:
- Remove excess skin and fat from the upper and/or lower lids
- Tighten the eyelid skin and muscles
- Improve the appearance of undereye bags
- Smooth wrinkles around the eyelids
- Redistribute displaced fat
Some swelling and discoloration are expected following an eyelid lift in Ft. Lauderdale, but usually subside in five to ten days. Following the procedure, there will be slight discomfort that can be relieved by medication. Your cosmetic surgeon will give you a prescription for any pain.
After your procedure, ice compresses are applied to the eyelids. Your eyes are not bandaged. However, medication used during the procedure may cause blurred vision for one or two hours but clears up rapidly. Ice compresses should be continued for 24 hours after your procedure. You should remain quiet at home and keep visitors and telephone calls to a minimum for the first two days.
Bruising around the eyes can be disguised with lightly tinted glasses. You can purchase and wear these glasses before your procedure so that they will not draw attention immediately after your surgery. You will be given specific instructions regarding rest, sleeping position, washing your face and hair, driving and work involving any eye strain.
A light cosmetic cover-up may be blended onto the lower lids starting four days after the procedure. Other facial and eyelid makeup for women including mascara, eye shadow, eyeliner, and artificial eyelashes may be applied seven days after the procedure. It is important to remove all makeup thoroughly at the end of the day using an upward motion. You may use oiled eye pads for makeup removal.
Eyelid stitches are removed four days after surgery. Remember that an eyelid lift cannot stop the aging process around your eyes. Although excess skin is removed and wrinkles are diminished, your skin continues to age. “Bags” beneath the lower eyelids usually do not recur. As you grow older the skin of the upper lids becomes looser and may create additional folds in which case an upper lid “touch-up” can be done. In time you may feel the need to have a second procedure. There is no set limit as to how many eyelid lifts you may have.
Your eyelid lift is designed to give your eyes the lighter more vigorous appearance you seek. Be sure to address any questions or concerns about this procedure to your surgeon immediately. Your health and contentment are the most important considerations any time.
Eyelid Lift rarely produces a serious complication. Any form of surgery will leave scars. With an eyelid lift, the scars are placed within natural eyelid folds and facial lines so that they are inconspicuous and rarely detectable. Nevertheless, you should be aware that scars are permanent, and their width, height, and color are not totally predictable.
Patients occasionally ask if blindness can result from this procedure. While this complication has been reported, it is exceedingly rare. Lesser complications include improper closure of the eyes during sleep (lagophthalmus), dryness of the eyes, light sensitivity and sagging (ptosis) of the upper eyelids. It is important to enter into your procedure aware not only of the benefits, but also of the possible complications. Talk to your surgeon about every question and concern you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find a list of frequent questions about Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty). If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, please write to us, be sure to include the procedure name and your question!
- How is this procedure done?
- How do I prepare for my eyelid lift?
- How long does the procedure take?
- What form of anesthesia is used?
- Can I return home the same day?
- How long before I can return to normal activity?
How is this procedure done?
Eyelid lift is performed by making an elliptical incision in the upper lid first. Excess skin, muscle and fat bags will be removed and the skin will be stitched (sutured). If necessary, an incision that extends slightly beyond the outside corner of the eye will be made in the lower lid, beneath the eyelashes. Excessive skin and fat will be removed, sagging muscles will be tightened and the incision stitched (sutured). Often the lower lid bags can be removed without any visible incision or scar.
Some women have hereditary or acquired darkening of the lower eyelid skin in addition to bags and wrinkles. The eyelid lift may not improve this darkening, but most people can be helped by a chemical peel of the lower lids some weeks after the procedure. A peel is rarely done at the same time as an eyelid lift. Consult with your surgeon to determine if additional procedures will enhance your eyes.
How do I prepare for my eyelid lift?
During your initial preoperative visit with your surgeon, be prepared to give a complete medical history including all your medications, allergies and previous surgeries. You will undergo a thorough physical examination and blood tests. If you are at or over age 40, an electrocardiogram will be required. Photographs are important aids in planning and performing your eyelid lift. They become a permanent part of your patient record and are taken before and several months after your procedure.
During your consultation, you will be given specific directions to help you prepare for your procedure. Instructions generally include cautions about taking certain medication and drinking alcohol, the shaving process and use of antibacterial soap. You must stop smoking, taking aspirin or taking diet pills at least two weeks prior to the procedure.
You must not eat or drink anything eight hours before your eyelid lift in Ft. Lauderdale. If you take daily medication, ask your surgeon if it is safe to take before your procedure. If you have any sores on your body, or if you have a cold, sore throat or allergic condition, inform your cosmetic surgeon so you may be examined prior to your procedure.
How long does the procedure take?
If both upper and lower eyelids are done together an eyelid lift takes approximately one hour. Less time is required if the procedure is performed only on the lower or only on the upper eyelids.
What form of anesthesia is used?
General anesthesia is used for all surgical procedures and is performed by a Professional M.D. Anesthesiologist.
Can I return home the same day?
Yes. An eyelid lift is done on an outpatient basis. Be sure to arrange for someone to drop you off, pick you up, take you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours. You will not be able to drive yourself.
All Patients must schedule check-up appointments for the following times:
- 1 day
- 1 week
- 1 month
- 3 months
- 6 months
- 1 year
How long before I can return to normal activity?
Most people return to work and regular functions in less than a week.
To learn more about how eyelid surgery can help you look younger and more attractive, please contact us and schedule a consultation. Our eyelid surgeons will examine your eyes, inquire about your specific areas of concern and put together a plan of treatment. Call us at (954) 565-7575 or toll-free at (800) 274-LIPO, or click here to schedule your appointment.