The eyelid lift can take as little as thirty minutes to perform for the upper eyelids and as much as one and a half hours for the upper and lower eyelids.
When treating the upper eyelids, a hidden incision is made in the creases of the upper lids. For the lower eyelids, the incision may be made just beneath the lash line of the lower lid or in the crow’s feet area. For transconjunctival blepharoplasty, which is typically performed on younger patients with only bags beneath the eyes, a hidden incision is made inside of the lower lid.
The incisions made for the eyelid lift do result in scars though they tend to be well-concealed, if not invisible, within the crease of the upper lids, just beneath the lash line of the lower lids, in the crow’s feet area, or inside of the lower lid.
During the first few days of recovery after the eyelid lift, the eyelids may feel sore or tight. Medication can help to control any discomfort that patients experience.
Recovery after the eyelid lift takes about a week. Swelling and bruising are common after surgery, and keeping the head elevated as much as possible during the first few days can help to alleviate the swelling. Bruising usually fades within two to four weeks. The eyelids may feel dry, itchy or burning during the first week and excessive tearing, blurred or double vision, or sensitivity to light may also occur.
Patients can return to work in about one week after the eyelid lift.
Patients will need to wait at least two weeks after the eyelid lift before partaking in strenuous activities and exercise.
The stitches are removed in about a week after the eyelid lift.
All surgery carries potential risks. Those associated with the eyelid lift include possible dry eyes and lid retraction (1-3%).
Insurance typically does not cover eyelid lifts when they are performed for purely cosmetic purposes. Some amount of coverage may be available when performed to correct drooping upper eyelids that interfere with vision. Patients should check with their own insurance company.
Financing is available for many plastic surgery procedures.