Awaken Tired Eyes with an Eyelid Lift October 6, 2016 coleaesthetics The eyes may be the “windows to the soul,” but they are also often one of the first areas of the face to show the signs of aging. If you are looking more worn and aged than you really feel, perhaps it is time to wake up those tired eyes. Cole Aesthetic Center has just the solution for you – an eyelid lift that will open up your eyes and restore your youthful appearance in a single surgical procedure. What is an Eyelid Lift? An eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgery used to restore youth and vitality to the eyes. The procedure removes drooping skin and isolated areas of fat and tissue to create a smoother look to the upper and lower eyelids. The surgery is also effective in addressing puffiness and fine lines that frequently appear underneath the eye. Dr. Cole customizes this surgery to the unique needs of each of his patients to help every individual achieve their specific cosmetic goals. Benefits of an Upper Eyelid Lift An upper eyelid lift focuses on concerns involving the upper lid, including: Hooding of the eyelid, which can cause the eyelid to droop and impair vision Small deposits of fat that lead to a tired look and create problems for makeup application Skin redundancy and creasing that actually hides the upper eyelid Another concern that can affect the appearance of the upper eyelid is the lowering of the brow line, which can exacerbate the appearance of hooding above the eye. In some cases, Dr. Cole may recommend a brow lift in conjunction with an upper eyelid lift to create the best possible results. Benefits of a Lower Eyelid Lift A lower eyelid lift also provides a myriad of benefits: Eliminates the appearance of puffiness and bags underneath the eye Excess skin on the lower eyelid that creates a weary appearance Sagging and drooping of the lower lid that may reveal the white under the iris Fine lines that form underneath the eye While a lower eyelid lift will smooth away some fine lines in the area, it may not be effective in eliminating all the wrinkles that have formed. Dr. Cole may advise patients with significant wrinkling to undergo a skin rejuvenation procedure or injectable treatment after surgery to further enhance their overall results. When Two is Better than One Eyelid surgery can be performed on just the upper lids, the lower lids or both lids at the same time. Many patients opt to do both lids during their procedure to reap optimal results with just one time under anesthesia and one recovery process. The procedures can be safely performed together and the recovery is not much longer than if just one of the lids is addressed. What You Can Expect Eyelid surgery is performed at Cole Aesthetic Center on an outpatient basis. In most cases, it is done using local anesthesia and sedation to minimize potential complications and shorten the recovery period somewhat. Incisions are placed inside the eyelid or along the natural creases of the skin underneath the eye to reduce post-operative scarring. Most patients are able to return to regular activities within a few days. However, full results usually won’t be seen for a few weeks, as bruising and swelling subside and the incisions heal. Once those results are evident, they should be long-lasting and even permanent as long as patients protect their eyes from the sun and care for the delicate skin around the eyes properly. An eyelid lift is a relatively quick procedure that offers dramatic results. To learn more about this surgery, schedule your consultation with Dr. Cole by contacting Cole Aesthetic Center at 360.613.2600.