Looking at eye lift before and after photos lets you see what the surgery can do for you.
Since your eyes are the windows to your soul, you must take care of them properly. However, as you age, changes in your skin’s ability to bounce back make your eyes look sunken, droopy, and baggy. Take a look at some eye lift before and after results to see what the procedure can do for you.
From getting rid of dark circles to eliminating drooping eyelids, an eye lifting surgery can do a lot of wonders for you.
But what exactly is an eye lift? What issues does the procedure solve? What do my patients say about an eye cosmetic surgery done in my clinic?
In this article, I will talk about what an eye lift is and the procedures it solves. I will also tell you what happens before and after an eye cosmetic surgery. On top of that, I will show you some patient testimonials and eye lift before and after photos.
What Is an Eye Lift?
Knowing the ins and outs of eye lift before and after procedures lets you see what to expect.
It involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the lids and tightening of sagging eyelids. This results in a more rejuvenated look.
Eyelid surgery has three main types. The procedure can vary depending on the shape of your eyes and your health condition. One of these types will be recommended by your plastic surgeon:
● Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery mainly focuses on the improvement of vision loss and appearance brought by aging or genetics. As the name implies, its focus is on the upper eyelid. This type of surgery restores the function of the eye or provides a more rounded, open appearance.
● Lower Eyelid Surgery
Issues Eye Cosmetic Surgery Solves
An eye lifting surgery can solve droopy eyelids, eye bags, and more.
The thinnest skin on your face is on your eyelids. With that fact, it often shows signs of aging first. Some of the most common reasons for eyelid surgery are:
1. Droopy Eyelids
Also known as ptosis, droopy eyelids are a skin sagging condition that may occur due to trauma, age, or other medical disorders.
A condition called unilateral ptosis occurs when one eye is affected, and bilateral ptosis when both of the eyes are impacted.
This condition may be temporary or permanent. It’s known as congenital ptosis when it’s present at birth. While it is known as acquired ptosis if you develop it later in life.
Patient conditions can vary in terms of severity. Normally, this condition can be treated, either naturally or with the aid of medical intervention.
2. Baggy Eyes
Also known as dermatochalasis, baggy eyes are a condition where redundancy and laxity of the eyelid skin and muscles occur. Elderly people usually suffer from this. However, young adults occasionally suffer from baggy eyes.
Some of the factors that may cause this condition include gravity, loss of elastic tissue in the skin, and weakening of the eyelid connective tissues. Additionally, this condition frequently involves the upper lids.
3. Under Eye Wrinkles
Skin loses its elasticity over time that can cause skin aging. The most common result of this is eye wrinkles. Additionally, the skin around the eyes is the thinnest in the face. As a result, the area becomes more prone to fine lines and wrinkles.
Nevertheless, eye wrinkles can be treated with various cosmetic procedures. These treatments can be surgical or non-surgical.
4. Dark Circles
Dark circles are a condition wherein the skin around the eyes has a darker tone than the rest of your face.
Although often linked with bruising or redness, dark circles last longer than those. There are times when dark circles are less noticeable, but there are also times where they are very evident on the face. Dark circles are also mostly caused by stress and exhaustion.
5. Eye Bags
Bags under the eyes are typically a cosmetic concern. Eye bags are usually not a medical concern.
Medical and surgical treatments are an option if the swelling of the eye bags becomes highly concerning.
What Happens Before an Eye Lifting Surgery?
You need to consult a reputable eyelid surgeon before getting the surgery.
Before eyelid surgery, you might be asked to do the following:
- Undergo a medical evaluation.
- Two weeks before the surgery, your doctor might tell you to avoid intake of aspirin, ibuprofen, and other non-steroidal or anti-inflammatory medications.
- Also, two weeks prior to the surgery, your doctor will ask you to restrain from smoking. Nicotine and tobacco can delay the healing and may worsen scarring.
- Wear sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher two weeks prior to the surgery to avoid sun damage.
- If you live far away from the facility where you will have your surgery, arrange to stay in the area the night before your blepharoplasty.
Surgery for Hooded Eyes Before and After: What Happens During an Eye Lift?
You will be under anaesthesia during an eye lifting surgery.
An eye lift procedure generally takes two hours to complete if both of the lower and upper eyelids are done. However, the duration will be longer if you have to go under other procedures such as facelift and neck lift.
First of all, you will be put under anaesthesia. My clinic uses sedation anaesthesia because it is safer than general anaesthesia.
If you are having all four eyelids done, I will work on the upper eyelids first. I will cut along the natural lines of your eyelids.
Through these cuts, I will separate the skin from the underlying tissue and remove any excess fat and skin.
Next, I will close the incision using very small stitches. The stitches on the upper eyelids will stay for at least three to seven days.
Another method that can be used in the procedure involves making an incision along the eyelash margin. Through that cut, I can remove excess skin, loose muscle, and fat. This type of incision fades after a short time.
Blepharoplasty Before After: What Happens After an Eye Lift?
You will need to place ice packs or pads on your eyes after an eye cosmetic surgery.
You might have blurry vision and sensitivity after the surgery. Your eyes may also feel either dry or watery.
Placing ice packs on your eyes and sleeping with your head raised after the surgery should also be very helpful. Additionally, I will give you detailed instructions for your post-operative care.
Eye Lift Before and After: Post-Operative Care
You need to follow certain post-operative care guidelines after an eye lifting surgery.
Here are some post-operative guidelines you need to follow:
- Apply ice pads or packs on your eyes and cheek for the first 48 hours after the surgery. This helps minimise swelling and skin discolouration.
- Keeping your head elevated helps minimise swelling. A recliner will work best, but adding an extra pillow to your bed also works.
- You can only wear contact lenses at least two weeks after the surgery.
- Extreme physical activity is discouraged within the first two weeks of the surgery. Light walking may be done three days after the surgery. Aerobic exercise, weight training, heavy lifting, and straining may only be gradually resumed three weeks after surgery.
- Sun exposure, sun lamps, and tanning beds should be avoided for six weeks after the surgery. Heat will cause the face to swell. Wearing a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher is therefore recommended.
- Swelling of the eyes is normal. Usually, it will just be gone within two weeks after the surgery for hooded eyes. In some cases, it will take up to six months for the swelling to completely subside.
- Take only medications that were prescribed by your surgeon.
- Wearing of makeup can be resumed seven to ten days after the eye cosmetic surgery.
Eye Lift Before and After: Patient Testimonials
Eye lift before and after patient testimonials help determine the reputation of a certain cosmetic surgeon.
“I am male, mid-50s, and I underwent combined upper and lower eyelid surgery in August. Prior to this, I had done a lot of research to find Dr. De Silva, discovering that he was something of a facial cosmetic surgery “go-to” expert for the media, alongside an impeccable medical and academic background – he is clearly a thought leader in his field.
My experience mirrored many others here. The whole team is ultra-professional but also very personable with it, which made for a relaxed process from my original inquiry through to the post-procedure support I received. I never had any doubt that I was being carefully (but not intrusively) monitored throughout the period.
The pleasant environment of the surgery itself in Harley Street and the state-of-the-art equipment suggest that no expense is spared in providing the very best experience and outcome, but it is the attitude of the team themselves that particularly stands out – Dr. De Silva himself, and his anesthetist and nurses were so genuinely kind and helpful.
Ultimately, of course, the surgical result is the most important thing, and Dr. De Silva delivered exactly what we had discussed – the optimum result and exceeding my expectations. I am delighted!
Beyond the medical safety factors, Dr. De Silva has unique artistry and precision in his work which, I assume, are the differentiating factors that identify him as one of the very best surgeons in the world. Dr. De Silva is exceptional and a wise choice.”
“I had upper eyelid Blepharoplasty 10 weeks ago the results are outstanding Dr. Julian De Silva is a very skilled and talented surgeon, everything about the procedure and healing time was exactly as he said it would be, I do not look my any longer I look at least 15 years younger.”
“My recent upper eyelid blepharoplasty with Dr. De Silva was a great success and I’m extremely pleased with the result. He is a truly talented surgeon and his attention to detail is inspiring. The post-operative care was reassuring and commendable. I would highly recommend him.”
–James A. H.
Eye Lift Before and After Photos
Here are some eye lift before and after photos of my patients:
Eye Lift Before and After Photo 1: This patient in her 40’s had a drooping eyebrow, which makes her appear tired and older than her age. With the help of blepharoplasty, her brows were fixed to where they should be. The procedure gave her a totally refreshed look. After getting the surgery, she looked younger than her age.
Eye Lift Before and After Photo 2: This young male’s suffered from an excessive drooping of bags under his eyes. This made his cheeks look sunken as well. After getting an eye lift surgery, his eyes appeared to be glowing. His overall appearance also improved. In addition, he looked younger and more energized.
Eye Lift Before and After Photo 3: This female patient in her 40s had an evident puffiness around her eyes, especially on the lower part. It made her look old and tired. After deciding to get an eye lift, you can tell that her overall appearance improved. Her eyes became more alive and attractive, making her look younger than her age.
Eye Lift Before and After Photo 4: This male patient in his 60s had a drooping upper eyelid. This somehow obstructed his sight, as the folds are already drooping downward. After undergoing blepharoplasty, the drooping folds were gone. His line of vision isn’t obstructed anymore. Moreover, his eyes were glowing, making his overall appearance more revitalised.
Eye Lift Before and After Photo 5: This Asian patient had huge bags under her eyes. The bags stretched her eyes downwards. This affected her overall appearance. After getting an eye lift, the beauty of her eyes was finally highlighted. Her brown orbs perfectly complemented the shape of her eyes, making her look youthful and energized.
Eye Lift Before and After Photo 6: This young male patient in his 30s had droopy eyes that made him look older than his age. Other than that, his eyes looked uneven, with one eye having a hug bag underneath, while the other one looked puffy on the upper lid. After getting an eyelift, his eyes appeared to be more symmetrical. This made him look younger than his actual age.
Eye Lift Before and After Photo 7: This female patient had enormous bags under her eyes. They stretched her lids downwards. Her eyes also seem to be sunken and her overall appearance looked tired. After she underwent an eye lift, the bags under her eyes were eliminated. Her eyes also do not appear to be sunken anymore. In addition, her overall appearance improved, making her look younger and more alive.
Everything You Want to Know About Eye-Lift Surgery
Did you know? Eye-lift surgery can solve many issues, including medical and cosmetic ones.
With the many benefits of eye-lift surgery or blepharoplasty, you might have a lot of questions about this procedure. Hence, I created this post so you will be aware of everything you need to know about eyelift surgery.
In this article, I’ll talk about what eye lift surgery is, its benefits, and how the procedure is done. I will walk you through the whole process― before, during, and after the surgery. In addition, I will show you before and after blepharoplasty photos.
What Is Eye-Lift Surgery?
Cosmetic surgeons do blepharoplasty for cosmetic and medical reasons. For one, they do eye-lift surgery to remove excess skin. They also do it to reduce bagginess on the lower part of the eyes.
When the excess or sagging skin affects a patient’s vision, surgeons perform blepharoplasty as well.
People who have eye-lift surgery mainly do so because of cosmetic issues. These issues are mainly caused by ageing.
Ageing can lead the skin to lose its elasticity. The constant pull of gravity and skin ageing can cause hooding and drooping on the eyelids.
Moreover, excess skin on the lower eyelid causes wrinkles and sometimes bulges. An extra fold can also settle over the eyelashes and interfere with a patient’s vision.
The fat that cushions the eyeball can also cause bulges on the eyelids. The thin layer of skin that holds the fat in place weakens with age, causing the fat to appear in the lids.
These issues might be overwhelming, especially if you suffer from them. However, eye-lift surgery can help you solve all of them.
Issues Eye-Lift Surgery Can Solve
Here are the issues eye-lift surgery can solve:
1. Drooping Eyelids
Excess sagging of the upper eyelid characterises drooping eyelids. The edge of the upper eyelid may either be lower (ptosis) or have excess baggy skin (dermatochalasis). Drooping eyelids can either be one or a combination of those conditions.
Usually, muscle weakness, nerve damage, and loose skin cause drooping eyelids. Ageing, injury, and diseases can also cause your eyelids to droop.
Drooping eyelids are highly uncomfortable. They also interfere with your vision.
Due to these, patients need to have droopy eye surgery. If you suffer from this condition, you need to consult a surgeon to fix it. Surgery for hooded eyelids is also an option.
2. Eye Bags
Many people think that lack of sleep causes eye bags. Unfortunately, sleep is not the sole culprit.
More often than not, lower eyelid fat prolapse causes eye bags. Lower eyelid fat prolapse is a condition in which the fat around one’s eye socket comes forward. As a result, the fat protrudes and appears in the lower eyelids.
When this happens, a patient’s eye bags become larger and more noticeable.
However, eye bags are a part of the natural ageing process. Unfortunately, you cannot stop ageing. On the bright side, you can have eye-lift surgery to reduce the appearance of your eye bags.
Through blepharoplasty, your surgeon can remove the excess fat pockets under your eyes. As a result, your eye bags become barely visible.
3. Dark Circles
As its name suggests, dark skin characterises dark circles. Dark circles are often found under your eyes.
While often linked with redness or bruising caused by an injury or infection, dark circles do not work that way. For one, they last longer than redness or bruising. They also become more visible sometimes.
In addition, shadows cast by puffy eyes or hollows under the eyes cause dark circles. The said issues occur because of ageing.
Dark circles are also associated with eye bags. As you age, the tissue around your eyes becomes weak.
Due to this, fat moves more into the front. Fluid can also accumulate beneath your eyes. This adds to your eyes’ puffiness. These can aggravate or cause dark circles under eyes.
Through eye-lift surgery, your eye’s puffiness decreases. As a result, your dark circles become less visible.
4. Crow’s Feet
Crow’s feet are described as the little lines spreading out from the corners of your eyes. As a common concern among adults, ageing mainly causes crow’s feet.
In a nutshell, your skin acts like fabric. At a young age, collagen keeps it as elastic as possible.
Over time, your collagen levels decrease. This makes your skin susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles when stretched. Combine this natural process with the thinning skin around the eyes, and you get crow’s feet.
Fortunately, eye-lift surgery can help get rid of crow’s feet. Since it’s a surgical procedure, its results last for a long time.
By lifting eyelids, the area around your eye becomes smoother. As a result, your crow’s feet go away.
5. Excess Skin
Excess skin occurs both on the upper and lower eyelids. They can lead to cosmetic and medical issues that negatively affect your life.
As you age, your body’s elastin and collagen levels decrease. Elastin and collagen are substances giving your skin its firmness and support. Since they go down, you become vulnerable to having excess skin.
Sun damage and poor lifestyle choices (e.g smoking, excessive drinking) also contribute to excess skin around the eyes.
Moreover, diseases can cause excess skin. These include diabetes, stroke, and tumours.
When excess skin becomes severe, it interferes with your vision. You won’t be able to see properly. You might suffer from an eye infection as well.
Fortunately, blepharoplasty gets rid of excess skin.
Before and After Blepharoplasty: What You Need to Know
Eye-lift surgery is a major and complex procedure, so you must know how it goes. From pre-op to post-op, I will discuss what usually happens.
Before Eye-Lift Surgery
Before getting the surgery, you need to consult a surgeon who specialises in eye-lift surgery. You can book a consultation with me here.
First, we will talk about your medical history and current condition.
I will ask you questions regarding previous surgeries, if applicable. I will also ask about past or current conditions including eye problems, allergies, and other diseases. In relation to this, I will ask about your use of medications, alcohol, and cigarettes.
Then, we will talk about your goals. Whether it’s increasing your confidence or fixing your line of sight, feel free to talk about whatever your goals are.
Depending on your goals, I will explain whether eye-lift surgery works for you or not. If yes, I might suggest other procedures to achieve your goals.
If you approve and agree with everything discussed, you can set an appointment for the surgery.
Preparing for Eye-Lift Surgery
To prepare for eye lift surgery, you have to go through some examinations. These include measuring your eyelids, testing your tear production, and examining your eyes. The practitioner will also test your peripheral vision.
In addition, the staff will take photos of your eyes from various angles. These photos aid with planning the surgery, assessing its immediate and long-term effects, and supporting an insurance claim.
Moreover, you have to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, and any other medication associated with increased bleeding. Your doctor will tell you when you need to stop ingesting these.
If you are smoking, you need to stop weeks before your surgery, as smoking can reduce your ability to recover faster.
Lastly, arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery. Plan ahead to have someone stay with you for the first night after returning home from surgery.
During the Surgery
Eye lifts involve many techniques. The necessary techniques depend on your needs, goals, eye condition, and anatomy.
To give you an idea of what to expect during surgery, I will explain how eye lifts usually go.
There are two kinds of blepharoplasty― upper and lower. Upper blepharoplasty is done on the upper eyelids, while lower blepharoplasty is done on the lower eyelids.
Before the surgery, I mark the target area. This helps me know exactly where to make the incisions. The marks serve as accurate guides for the operation.
Then, I will administer sedation anaesthesia. I do sedation because of its safety. It also facilitates recovery faster than general anaesthesia.
After this, depending on the type of eyelid surgery, I will either operate on your upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both.
During upper eyelid surgery, I make incisions on your upper eyelids.
For the majority of patients, I use the eyelid’s crease as a guide to make the incision, unless you suffer from asymmetry. I also won’t do this if your crease does not produce natural-looking results.
Then, I will move the excess skin. I have to do this carefully because inadequate removal results in residual hanging skin. On the other hand, removing too much skin leads to dry eyes.
If you have bulging fat pockets on your upper eyelids, I will remove them as well. I will open a fibrous layer called the orbital septum to reveal your orbital fat pockets.
After this, I will immediately transfer the fat below the eyelid to the cheek. This process is called fat transposition.
Once the fat and excess skin are removed, I will stitch your skin up. I do this carefully. This process tightens and smooths out your upper eyelid.
Depending on your goals, you might have to go through other complementary procedures.
During lower eyelid surgery, I make incisions on your lower eyelids.
I make an incision inside the lining of each eyelid. I use a special instrument depending on your needs (CO2 laser or monopolar electrocautery machine).
This prevents instant bleeding and reduces swelling after the surgery. The soft tissues are then supported both on the upper and lower parts.
Then, I open a fibrous layer called the orbital septum. This reveals your eye’s orbital fat pockets.
Eye bags and dark circles develop because of fat pushing forward. Thus, I take a conservative approach to fix this issue. I immediately transfer the fat below the eyelid to the cheek. This process is called fat transposition.
Once the fat and excess skin are removed, I will stitch your skin up. I do this carefully. This process tightens and smooths out your under eye.
To improve the result, I use a canthopexy stitch to support the lower eyelid. This stitch is not visible and dissolves a few weeks after the surgery.
Depending on your goals, you might have to go through other complementary procedures.
After Eye-Lift Surgery
Once the surgery is done, you have to stay for recovery in the facility. The staff will monitor you during this time for any complications. You can go home after the staff clears you.
You should have someone drive you home after the eyelid procedure. Your vision is not stable yet, so you cannot drive.
After the surgery, you may temporarily experience:
- Blurred vision
- Watery eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Double vision
- Puffiness Eyelids
- Numb Eyelids
- Pain or Discomfort
Take note, these effects are temporary. You will recover from them soon enough.
In addition, you can take the following steps to facilitate and speed up your recovery:
- Apply ice packs on your eyes for 10 minutes every hour the night after surgery. The following day after the surgery, apply ice packs on your eyes four to five times throughout the day.
- Carefully clean your eyelids.
- Use prescribed eye drops or ointments.
- Refrain from straining, heavy lifting, swimming, and other intense activities for two weeks.
- Avoid smoking.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes.
- If you use contact lenses, don’t put them on for about two weeks after the surgery.
- Use dark-tinted sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun and wind.
- Sleep with your head elevated days after the eyelid surgery.
- Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and other medications or supplements that may increase bleeding for one week.
Eyelid Surgery Before and After Photos
Patient 1: This 27-year-old female patient suffered from large eye bags and tired-looking eyes. She wanted natural results, so people would not know she had surgery.
She had upper and lower eyelid surgery at my clinic. As a result, her eye bags became barely visible. Her eyes also became more alive. In addition, the surgery gave her a more youthful look and brought out the beauty of her green eyes.
Patient 2: This 61-year-old male patient suffered from tired- and angry-looking eyes. This issue affected his work, since people around him thought that he’s always angry and tired.
He had upper and lower eyelid surgery at my clinic. As a result, his eye bags became barely visible. His appearance softened and his eyes became more alive. He also does not look angry or tired all the time.
Patient 3: This 50-year-old female patient had heavy upper eyelids. This made her uncomfortable and tired-looking.
She had upper eyelid surgery and skin resurfacing at my clinic. As a result, her upper eyelids became lighter. She also looked more alive and youthful.
Are you looking for a reputable cosmetic eyelid surgeon to do your eye lift? Book a consultation with me now!