Eyes are often the first thing a person notices about another person. Unfortunately the eyes are also one of the first facial features to show age. The delicate skin of the eye area makes it more susceptible to sun and environmental damage. In addition to that, the loss of collagen – an unavoidable part of aging – results in skin that is less elastic, and prone to sagging and wrinkles. Sagging skin naturally succumbs to gravity. When the eyelids sag, the eyes suddenly become hidden under hooded lids and are surrounded by fine lines and wrinkles, which may make a person appear angry, tired, or older than they are. Fortunately, eyelid lift surgery is an excellent way to restore a rested, youthful appearance.
When is the right time for an eyelid lift?
Some people have eyelid lift surgery in their late 30s while others may do it in well into their 70s or 80s. Most people do the procedure in their 40s and 50s. Some signs that may make you consider surgery include heavy or hooded lids, difficulty applying eyeshadow, and/or when the lids start to obstruct your vision.
Most people do not know that eyelid surgery can address eye issues on the upper lid or under the eye. We refer to the procedures as Upper Eyelid Surgery and Lower Eyelid Surgery, respectively.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
This procedure addresses the excess/overhanging upper eyelid skin and the inner corner fat bulges. Incisions are made in the natural creases of the eye and are well hidden when healed. A conservative approach is taken to avoid looking “done” and, especially for men, to avoid too much lid show (which gives a feminine appearance to the face).
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Treatment of this area addresses dark circles, fat bulges, and skin laxity under the eyes. Incisions are hidden in the lower edge of the lashes. For those people who have fat bulges, but little excess skin, incisions are made in the inner (eyeball) side of the lower lid. Fat is then able to be removed and sutures are usually not required.
About Eyelid Surgery
Either surgery can be performed under local anesthesia combined with oral sedation alone or together with IV sedation. General anesthesia is not needed. Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled with Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Use of cool compresses and head elevation will help any bruising or swelling subside.
Recovery from Eyelid Surgery
Sutures are in place for 7 days. Returning to make-up and contact lenses usually occurs at 10 days post-op. We recommend purchasing new eye make-up as to not introduce bacteria from old products into the healing incisions. Walking may be resumed the day after the surgery. Most people take one week off from work to rest and recover. Aerobic exercise can usually be resumed at 3 weeks post-op Sunglasses and wide-brimmed hat should be used for all outdoor activities.
See before-and-after eyelid lift surgery pictures on our website.
To schedule a consultation for eyelid lift surgery in Santa Barbara by Dr. Perkins call (805-563-0000).