As you get older, the skin around your eyes loses some of its supportive scaffolding and, as a result, begins to droop. In addition, the muscles around the eye lose their tightness, which allows the natural fatty tissue to bulge.
An eyelift can give you a younger, more refreshed appearance. It is a simple procedure that only takes about forty minutes and can be done in the doctor’s office with a local anaesthetic.
An eye lift involves removing the excess skin, tightening the muscles of your upper and/or lower lids, and, if necessary, removing the fatty tissue. This is done through an incision along the natural fold of your upper eyelid or just below the eyelashes for the lower lids.
You will have a faint scar that is concealed in the fold of your eyelid or eyelashes.
Are You a Good Candidate?
You may benefit from an eye lift if your upper eyelids are drooping and wrinkled, and/or you have puffy lower eyelid bags that make you look tired and older than your age.
Your first step will be to have a detailed consultation with Dr. MacDonald. She will listen to your goals and concerns, and then complete a careful historical and physical examination. Then, she will discuss the treatment options that best address your concerns and particular situation.
Dr. MacDonald will:
- Provide detailed information about the surgery and what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure.
- Answer any other concerns or questions that you may have.
- Discuss potential risks of the procedure.
Typically you only need a local anaesthetic for an eye lift. You will be given instructions on what time to arrive for your surgery and what you can and should eat and drink that day.
An eye lift takes approximately 1-2 hours and you will then spend around 30 minutes in the recovery room. You will be given a post-operative instruction sheet before leaving the hospital.
You will need someone to drive you home from the office.
You will receive an ointment that must be applied daily with a Q-tip and you should keep your eyes lubricated by frequently blinking and looking up at the ceiling. You cannot shower for 48 hours after surgery and should refrain from watching television or reading until at least 2 or 3 days after. You also cannot wear contact lenses until the incisions are totally cured.
Your eyes will be swollen and discolored for around 7-10 days after the surgery, and may feel stiff as well. For the first few weeks, you may also develop light sensitivity, blurred vision, and frequent tearing. These symptoms will usually vanish in time.
The surgery may give your face some bruising and swelling, but this will fade after a few weeks.
Dr. MacDonald will meet with you 5-7 days after the surgery to ensure that you are healing well and to remove the stitches.
If you have a very physical job, we recommend that you plan a minimum of 4 weeks healing time before returning to work. If you have a more sedentary job, it could be possible for you to return as early as after 2 weeks.
You need to avoid activities that may increase your blood pressure, such as running or lifting weights, until 4-6 weeks after surgery. Likewise, you should avoid bending at the waist for at least five days. However, you are encouraged to go out walking as soon after surgery as is possible.
As with any surgery, there are risks. These include the normal surgical risks of infection, scarring, delayed wound healing, bruising, or bleeding. Complications specific to this surgery are asymmetry, numb skin, and contour irregularities. However, all risks in this procedure are rare. They will all be discussed further during your consultation.
The surgery suited best for you will be discussed at the time of consultation and Dr MacDonald’s assistant will e-mail you a detailed cost breakdown.