Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)

face020The eyes are an important focal point of your face, and these features help to communicate your thoughts, feelings, and intentions. The sensitive eye area is also one of the most prone to the natural process of aging. Heavy, sagging eyelids can unintentionally convey that you are sad, tired, or older than your chronological age. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can help you to reverse these effects and achieve a more youthful look. Our Las Vegas plastic surgeons, can remove skin and fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids, thus reducing the appearance of heavy lids and under-eye bags. Additionally, this procedure can often make the skin in this area appear smoother, leaving you with more awake and rejuvenated eyes.

We offer complimentary consultations to help you make the best decision for your needs and goals. Contact our office today to learn more about eyelid surgery or to schedule an appointment.

Eyelid Lift Procedure

Many factors contribute to the appearance of heavy or droopy upper eyelids, including brow position. Significant slumping of the brow can cause the upper eyelids to appear overly full and puffy. Other eyelid concerns may be due to excess skin and skin laxity. Depending on your anatomic needs and expressed goals, the best technique may be an eyelid lift (upper, lower, or both), a browlift, or a combination of the two procedures. Dr. Hankins or Dr. Sohn will recommend the ideal approach for you during your initial complimentary consultation, and together you will develop a treatment plan that can optimize your outcome.

If the excess skin of your eyelids impairs your vision, your treatment may be eligible for insurance coverage. We can discuss whether this is a possibility during your appointment.

Your treatment plan will be tailored to address your concerns and to provide the most natural-looking outcome possible. The incisions used for eyelid surgery typically will be hidden in the natural creases of the upper eyelid or along the lash line of the lower lid. In some cases, the incision may be hidden inside the lower lid (transconjunctival), which is considered to be a “scar-less” approach. This technique is not appropriate for everyone, and Drs. Hankins or Sohn will explain if this option may be right for you.

Eyelid Lift Recovery

Blepharoplasty typically takes about one-to-two hours to complete, depending on your unique treatment plan and whether you are undergoing one or more procedures. Less complex techniques can sometimes be performed using local anesthesia, and general anesthesia will be used in other cases. Most patients spend about one week recovering at home; however, everyone’s rate of healing is unique. Dr. Hankins or Dr. Sohn will provide more detail about when you can begin exercising again at your follow-up appointments. Bruising and swelling is normal, as is some level of discomfort. Prescription medication will be provided to make the healing process as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Eyelid surgery scars should be small and virtually unnoticeable. *While the natural aging process will continue, the results of an eyelid lift are often very long-lasting.

*Individual Results May Vary

For more information on eyelid lift surgery, or to schedule a complimentary appointment with Dr. Hankins or Dr. Sohn, contact us at (702) 948-7595.