Eyelid Surgery/Forehead Lift
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is performed to correct the signs of aging that affect the appearance of the eyes. With age, the contour of the eyelid may change significantly due to the loss of firmness in the uppermost layers of skin tissue. The decrease in skin elasticity can lead to hooding of the upper eyelid and the prolapse of fat on the lower lids, leading to persistent puffiness.
Dr. Krummen is a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers friendly, professional care to men and women from Cincinnati and surrounding areas. Her extensive training makes her an excellent resource for patients seeking eyelid rejuvenation.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, also called eyelid surgery, is generally performed to improve the cosmetic appearance of the eyes that have changed with age. There are instances in which Dr. Krummen performs blepharoplasty for functional reasons, such as to lift sagging tissue that has begun to interfere with vision or eye health.
Blepharoplasty may focus on the upper eyelids or the lower lids, depending on need. In some cases, we rejuvenate both the upper and lower lids in a single procedure. To achieve the best outcome, Dr. Krummen may remove fatty tissue from the eyelid area before the removal of extra skin to reveal a smoother surface.
candidates for Eyelid Surgery
There are a few common reasons why a person may elect to undergo surgical eyelid rejuvenation. These can include:
- The natural fold of the upper eyelids is obscured due to sagging skin.
- Loose skin on the upper eyelids is impairing vision.
- The surface space of the upper eyelid has gradually decreased, making it difficult to apply makeup.
- Puffiness on the upper eyelid makes the eyes appear tired and heavy.
- The skin on the lower eyelid has become extremely thin-looking and loose.
- Bagging and dark circles under the eyes have become a persistent problem.
Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are in good general health and understand what is possible – and what is not – with their chosen form of eyelid rejuvenation.
Types of Blepharoplasty
For upper blepharoplasty, incisions are made in the eyelid’s natural fold, where tiny scars will be hidden.
Lower blepharoplasty may involve incisions at the lash line, or sometimes just on the inside rim of the lower eyelid.
Prior to the day of surgery, Dr. Krummen will determine and discuss the appropriate treatment plan, including how much fat, muscle, or skin tissue to remove. We typically perform blepharoplasty on an outpatient basis.
After the administration of local and / or IV anesthesia, the surgeon makes marks on the eyelids to indicate the location of tissue removal.
Excess fatty tissue is removed if necessary and excess skin is excised through incisions. In some instances, Dr. Krummen will redistribute fat across the lower lid to create a smoother appearance. Dr. Krummen uses Invisible sutures to close incisions.
Adjunct treatments, such as laser, may be performed to reduce skin wrinkling around the eyes for maximum results.
Eyelid Surgery Results
The results of blepharoplasty become increasingly noticeable as swelling and bruising subside. After a few weeks, the full effects of eyelid rejuvenation should be obvious.
How long do Blepharoplasty results last?
One of the reasons patients choose eyelid surgery is because they desire long-lasting results. The surgical tightening of the skin around the eyes can take years off of the appearance of the face. This more youthful appearance can last several years, especially with good skin and sun care. Of course, aging continues to affect the tightness of the skin, and some patients choose to manage this with follow-up treatments such as laser resurfacing, injectable wrinkle-reducers, or a second blepharoplasty.
Recovery From Eyelid Surgery
Immediately after blepharoplasty, excessive tearing may occur for a short period of time. The eyes may also feel sensitive to light, and vision may be slightly blurry. Patients typically experience swelling and bruising after eyelid surgery. These side effects diminish over the course of a few weeks. Until then, patients can manage swelling by applying ice and taking over-the-counter pain reducers like Tylenol for comfort.
risks of Blepharoplasty
Performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, blepharoplasty has relatively low risk for significant complications. We perform thousands of these procedures every year. The most common risks for blepharoplasty, as with all surgical procedures, include:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Hematoma (blood accumulation beneath the skin)
- Structural damage
Patients can mitigate these risks by carefully following post-surgical instructions.
Can Eyelid Surgery be combined with other procedures?
Most patients often combine a browlift with eyelid surgery. This is a great option for someone who feels they are not yet ready for an entire facelift but would benefit from a reduction in wrinkles that have developed in the uppermost part of the face. At your consultation Dr. Krummen will address your personal goals and determine whether a surgical or non-surgical brow lift may be best to achieve your desired outcome.
What is a Forehead lift (brow Lift)?
Those struggling with deep forehead wrinkles that leave you looking tired, angry or “too serious” can benefit from a brow lift (also called a forehead lift.) A brow lift can often be achieved using Botox and Dermal Fillers, without actual surgery. A surgical brow lift can help in lifting up sagging eyebrows that are hooding the upper eyelids, bringing the eye brows in a more alert and youthful position.