Excessive eyelid skin, whether it’s upper or lower, can create an aged appearance or – in severe cases – a decreased range of vision. With eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, you’ll see results you love. Dr. Sieffert has perfected the meticulous details of performing this transformative surgery. Get eye-catching yet natural results with a blepharoplasty from a skilled, board-certified surgeon!
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) removes excess eyelid skin from above and/or below the eye. Skin loses elasticity with age, which, when combined with gravity, causes the skin to collect and fold. Lack of elasticity in the eyelids may appear droopy or create dark circles. Removing the skin creates a much more lifted and youthful appearance. This is a safe procedure that will not risk your sight- it often improves it!
The loss of skin elasticity can impact both the upper and lower eyelids. Drooping of the upper eyelids ages the face, and in some cases, decreases your range of vision. Sagging lower eyelids will cause bags under the eyes which makes you look tired. Upper and lower eyelid surgeries are performed in similar ways, and your surgeon will discuss the differences in recovery.
Out of about 7,700 reviews on RealSelf.com, 94% of patients find the blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, is worth it! At first glance, this procedure may sound a little scary since it is addressing such a sensitive area. However, blepharoplasty is a very safe and straightforward procedure, and recovery may be easier than you expect. Dr. Sieffert will help you through the whole process, and ultimately, help you achieve the results you desire.
Blepharoplasty is a great way to enhance your eyes, but sometimes your results may be reached by a combination of treatments. Sometimes it can be hard to tell what part of the face is causing the deflated or hollowed appearance. For example, droopiness of the eyelids may originate from the eyebrows or forehead rather than just the eyelids.
Eyebrow lifts, mini facelifts, and facelifts are all options that can be combined with an eyelid lift to help you get that lifted look. Based on your goals and physical anatomy, Dr. Sieffert will explain each procedure along with the pros and cons of each for you to make your informed decision.
Donaldson Plastic Surgery also offers non-surgical and aesthetic treatments to further brighten the eye area to give you a more youthful look and enhance your results. Get a closer look at 10 ways you can further enhance your eyes!
Dr. Sieffert performs the eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) procedure on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia. Incisions are made in the natural crease of the upper lids and beneath the lash line in the lower lids.
In some cases, excess fat and skin are removed; in others, fat is rearranged or added to fill in hollow spaces. If only fat adjustments are necessary in the lower lids, they may be made through an incision inside the lids that are totally hidden with no external incision or scar (transconjunctival blepharoplasty).
Recovery is just about the same for both upper and lower blepharoplasty. The main difference is that upper eyelid surgeries involve a suture removal in the office 1 week after the procedure. Initial mild discomfort is controlled with oral medication. Bruising, swelling and sensitivity to light may last a week or two. Eye makeup can be used after sutures are removed and contact lenses can be worn whenever comfortable.
An upper eyelid lift can be helpful if you have excess upper eyelid skin that interferes with vision, or if you have lost your natural upper eyelid crease due to puffy fat pouches. If your face seems tired or aged because of dark circles or puffy fat in the lower lids, then a lower eyelid lift will provide a more youthful and rested appearance.
Dr. Michelle Sieffert is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in facial surgeries. Her approach is thorough and meticulous. After listening to your goals, she will provide you with honest recommendations about what is right for you, so you can make an informed decision.
You will find an intelligent, compassionate, and experienced surgeon in Dr. Sieffert. Not only will you be impressed by her kindness and professionalism, but you will also witness these traits in our entire team. You will be in great hands with your surgical team for follow-up appointments and questions throughout your entire pre- to post-operative journey.