The rise of social media has also resulted in a rise in popularity of cosmetic surgery procedures that are featured on any number of social media platforms. Eyelid lifts have been enjoying an increase in interest after being spotlighted on TikTok (a video-centric social media platform). Eyelid lifts, AKA blepharoplasty or eye rejuvenation, is a popular method of rejuvenating the look of the eyes by provided a lifted appearance. If you are not sure about having an eyelid lift, take a look at our “Eyelid Surgery 411” from Cosmetic Town TV and then keep reading to learn more about an eyelid lift:
As mentioned above, eyelid lifts returned to the public eye thanks to the treatment being featured on TikTok. There was a recent viral video that accumulated over 100,000 views as one TikTok user showed the “before and after” look of her eyelid lift surgery. The comments section of her video featured other TikTok users stating they also had the surgery, or they have been thinking about making a change to the tired or droopy look of their eyes.
Before taking a look at how an eyelid lift is performed, here are some of the benefits of the procedure:
An eyelid lift is able to restore the vision of a patient that has been blocked due to excess skin and fat in the eyelids. In addition, the procedure can remove bags under the eyes and reduce the appearance of puffy eyelids.
There are two eyelid lift options, and they include upper and lower blepharoplasty. In upper blepharoplasty, the surgeon uses a CO2 laser to create incisions on the top eyelid in order to remove the designated amount of excess skin and fat that is blocking the vision or causing a droopy look to the eyes. During lower blepharoplasty, a CO2 laser is used to target and cut fat bags inside the lower eyelid to lessen the swelling and puffiness seen in the area of the eyes. Both procedures involve little scarring with upper blepharoplasty producing minimal scarring and lower blepharoplasty not resulting in any visible scarring.
An eyelid lift is a general term that is related to the removal of skin as well as the manipulation of fat in the treated area. In addition, the surgery addresses the levator muscle in order to reduce the drooping of the upper eyelid over the eye.
Ideal candidates for the procedure are age 35 or older but younger patients can have the treatment if droopy or baggy eyelids run in their family. The surgeon will often look at old photos of your appearance and compare them to the current state of the eyelids by identifying a droopy or puffy appearance to the eyelids.
If you are worried about what is involved in the recovery process, you can rest easy knowing the recovery from the surgery is not overly involved. You can expect the recovery period to be one or two weeks in length. You will need to apply antibiotic eye ointment to the area where the incisions were made and use ice to help control any swelling. Any stitches will be removed within a week after the surgery. Any redness and swelling will eventually resolve on their own.
The results of blepharoplasty are long-lasting as they can last anywhere from 10-15 years. You will likely enjoy a rejuvenated feeling along with a more youthful look. You might also feel some relied in the area of the eyes since a feeling of heaviness caused by puffiness will no longer be an issue. The eventual changes in the results will be caused by aging and genetics as opposed to any issues with the surgery.
In order for an eyelid lift to be covered by insurance, you will need to speak to your insurance company to make sure you meet certain criteria such as the drooping of the eyelids interfering with your vision on a functional level. You will need to undergo testing and obtain results that show about 30% of the upper field of your vision is being negatively impacted by the drooping of your eyelids.
If insurance does not cover any of the cost, the price can be anywhere from $3500-$5500 (or more if the surgery is more extensive in nature). The final cost also depends on the type of blepharoplasty being performed, the area of the country where the surgery takes place, and any additional fees that are charged by the medical facility or the surgeon.
The first step in the eyelid lift process is scheduling a consultation appointment with a board-certified doctor who is experienced in performing both upper and lower blepharoplasty. An eyelid lift is an invasive procedure so you will want to ask to see photos of previous patients treated by the surgeon. The doctor needs to exhibit a strong command of eyelid anatomy and be able to answer any questions you have about the procedure before you make a final decision about having an eyelid lift.