My patients have several common concerns about eyelid lift surgery, including the appearance of the incision long-term, whether too much or too little tightness will be achieved, what the healing time is like, and whether they will end up with dry eyes. Hopefully with education and discussion, you will learn how to avoid these problems.

The surgical incisions of an eyelid lift are well hidden, and typically in the upper eyelid fold or just underneath the lower eyelash line. The sides of the incisions are hidden in the lines of your natural skin folds, or crow’s feet. Careful scar care after surgery generally results in a scar that is difficult to see after all healing has been completed.

The skin of the upper and the lower eyelid lift can be either tightened too much, or tightened not quite enough, resulting in loose skin that remains after surgery. If you have a lax lower eyelid, you may need skin tightening as well as tarsus tightening, the structure that your eyelashes grow out of. Overall, the appropriate amount of skin removed with an eyelid lift is a judgment made by your plastic surgeon based on careful measurements, the amount of skin removed, your natural skin laxity, and how you heal over time.

Healing time varies in all individuals, and in a typical eyelid lift, there may be some swelling and bruising after surgery. The sutures are removed about 1 week after surgery, with variation dependent on your plastic surgeon and what kind of procedure you have. In general, pain from an eyelid lift surgery is fairly low, and most people can work from home several days after surgery. If you have to meet clients, you may want to wait a week or so for the sutures to be removed, the swelling to go down, and the bruising to go away.

Dry eyes is a rare but serious concern about eyelid lift surgery. If you already have a predisposition to dry eyes, undergoing an eyelid lift may make the problem worse. If you have any concerns about having dry eyes before surgery, you may want to discuss this with your plastic surgeon before having your procedures.

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