As we age, our skin, especially on the face, loses elasticity. This can cause both the upper and lower eyelids to sag, making people appear older, perpetually tired, or even interfere with vision. Some patients also have excess fat around their eyes, making them look puffy. An eyelid surgery corrects this by removing any excess fat and skin from around the eyelids, leaving a smoother, younger-looking appearance. If the area around your eyes makes it difficult to see or you feel self-conscious as a result, eyelid surgery, also known as an eye lift, can help.
Eyelid surgeries are customized to meet the patient’s needs. You may need treatment on both the upper and lower eyelids, or you may want surgery on just your upper or lower lids. During an upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made along the natural curve of your eyelid from the inner corner to the outside corner. Excess fat and skin are removed through the incision and it is closed with small sutures. The process is similar for a lower eyelift, although during this procedure, an incision may be made in the inside of the eyelid.
Once the incisions are closed, lasers may be used to further tighten the skin below the eye. Since all incisions are made to follow the contour of your eyelid and extremely small sutures are used to close incisions, scarring is minimal. Results from an upper eyelid surgery typically last 5-7 years while a lower eye lift is practically permanent. Many people choose to pair an eye lift with other procedures like a brow lift or face lift.
If sagging eyelids are making it difficult to see or you’re unhappy with the area around your eyes, eyelid surgery may be the answer. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with over two decades of experience, Dr. Ortiz has helped countless people boost their confidence by improving the look of their eyelids. He’ll make sure you’re at ease every step of the way: From your first consultation to your post-op appointments. To schedule your personalized consultation at our Raleigh plastic surgery center, call us at 919-532-2270 or complete our online contact form.