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Also called eye lift reduces bagginess from lower eyelids and removes excess skin from the upper eyelids.

This surgery is usually done for cosmetic reasons. It's also an effective way to improve sight in older people whose sagging upper eyelids get in the way of the vision.

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It is often done along with other procedures such as laser resurfacing, filler injections or forehead lift.

As skin ages, it gradually loses its elasticity. A lack of elasticity plus the constant pull from gravity causes excessive skin to collect on the upper and lower eyelids.

Excess skin on the lower eyelid causes wrinkles and bulges.

On the upper eyelids, an extra fold of skin can hang over the eyelashes and get in the way of vision.

The fat that cushions the eyeball from the skull can also cause bulges in the upper and lower eyelids. The thin membrane that holds the fat in place weakens with age, letting the fat come forward into the lids like a hernia.

The best candidates for an eye lift are people who are in good health and who have realistic expectations. Most are 35 years or older, but if baggy eyelids or droopy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have the surgery done sooner.

Eyelid surgery can enhance your appearance and help build your confidence. However, it may not result in your ideal look or alter your facial structure. Before you decide to have surgery, think about your goals and discuss them with your surgeon.

Upper eyelid surgery can last at least five to seven years.

Lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be repeated. Of course, your eyes will still age after the procedure.

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What to Expect

An eyelift usually takes about two hours if both upper and lower eyelids are done together.

This will most likely be done under local anesthesia with oral sedation.

A cut is made along the natural lines of your eyelids.

Through these cuts, your surgeon will separate the skin from the underlying tissue and remove the excess fat and skin (and muscle if indicated). Next, those cuts will be closed with very small stitches.

The stitches will stay for three to six days.

After eyelid surgery, it is common to have swelling and bruising, but your eyelids should look normal within a week or two.

Complications and unwanted results from an eye lift are rare, but sometimes they do occur.

They can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Dry eyes
  • Abnormal coloring of the eyelids
  • Eyelid skin that folds in or out abnormally
  • Not being able to fully close your eyes
  • A pulled-down lower lid lash line
  • A possible loss of vision

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