Think about everything you can express just with your eyes. A shared glance of understanding between friends; a sarcastic eyeroll at your colleague’s bad joke; delighted shock when your partner gets down on one knee. Through our eyes, we don’t just see the world–we communicate with it.

    Having these faculties dulled or limited by sagging, puffy, or otherwise distorted eyelids can be incredibly frustrating. Such issues tend to arise during aging as skin loosens and droops, and in rare cases can even constrict vision.

    An eyelid lift (also known as a blepharoplasty) removes excess, sagging or puffy skin to rejuvenate the eyelids and enhance the eyes. The operation can correct issues in the upper and/or lower eyelids, depending on the patient’s needs.

    Dr. Schmidt takes a comprehensive approach to blepharoplasty, with attention to how the appearance of the eyelids and eyes impacts the overall balance of facial features. This ensures that all patients receive care specifically tailored to their natural contours and strongest features.

    Who is a candidate for eyelid surgery?

    Individuals who have experienced any of the following may be strong candidates for eyelid surgery:

    • Sagging or puffy upper eyelid skin
    • Excess or baggy skin collecting around the eyes
    • Lower eyelids that droop away from the eyes
    • Bags under the eyes
    • Difficulty putting on eye makeup due to rough or excess skin

    How do eyelid lifts work?

    Incisions for this procedure can easily be concealed in the natural folds of the skin. If only fat will be removed (as opposed to excess skin), Dr. Schmidt can make a transconjunctival incision on the inside of the lower eyelid. This type of incision creates no visible scar.

    After making incisions, Dr. Schmidt will remove or redistribute excess tissue to sculpt a natural, proportionate frame for the eyes. Dr. Schmidt considers a number of factors beyond the shape of the eyelids themselves, such as the underlying bone and muscle structure or the contours of the nose and eyebrows.

    Dr. Schmidt will then close incisions with stitches or, in some cases, dissolvable sutures.

    Results and Recovery

    After a blepharoplasty, the skin around the eyes will be smoother and will crease along natural, inconspicuous lines. Since the eyes no longer compete with pronounced eyelids, they will appear rounder, brighter, and more striking.

    Stitches will typically be removed around the 10- to 14-day mark. Residual bruising and swelling can be present for roughly another week after that. Slightly obscured or double vision, as well as redness, dryness, or irritation in the eyes is also common temporarily after an eyelid lift.

    All patients recover from surgery differently. Dr. Schmidt will provide personalized instructions for eye and eyelid care after a blepharoplasty.

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