TREATS: Droopy upper eyelids, hooding, sagging lower lids and eye bags
LENGTH: Varies from 45 minutes to 2 hours
ANESTHESIA: Local anesthesia
SIDE EFFECTS: Patients may experience swelling or bruising. Temporary double vision and blindness may also occur, but should remedy themselves within a day. Eye itching, dryness, and other discomfort can be medicated with eye drops or other prescriptions.
RISKS: Anytime a patient has surgery, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, scarring, or side effects from anesthesia.
RECOVERY: Recovery from eyelid surgery generally takes several weeks. Within two days to a week, the stitches will be removed. In the first week, patients will want to make sure that their eyes receive plenty of rest. The redness and swelling occurring after the blepharoplasty procedure will fade with time.
DURATION OF RESULTS: 5-7 years
Remarkable Care, Exceptional Results
“Dr. Kulbersh is a talented doctor with a great office and a wonderful staff. As a man, I hesitated for years to step into a plastic surgery practice. Well, I’m glad I did! Dr. Kulbersh listened very patiently to my concerns and expectations from the first consult through the surgery and after. There were no complications at all from the procedure and most importantly, my lower eye lids are vastly improved! A note to fellow patients: be patient with the recovery/healing time…it will happen!”
Wake up tired, aging eyes with an eye lift. Eye contact is one of the most critical components of effective communication and can create a dramatic first impression. The eyes have the power to articulate many feelings, and beautiful, expressive eyes can open up your entire face. Tired, droopy, or swollen eyes may not reflect a vibrant inner self, and may significantly detract from your overall appearance in Charlotte, NC.
Unfortunately, the area surrounding the eye is often the first place to show signs of age. The muscles around the eyes can start to weaken, and the skin becomes increasingly loose and puffy. Swollen and puffy eyes can make us look tired even when we get plenty of rest.
Fortunately, cosmetic eyelid surgery in Charlotte, North Carolina, can give you dramatically younger eyes through eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelift surgery or an eye lift, is one of the most rewarding facial plastic surgery procedures as it can restore the bright, sparkling eyes of youth. This minimally-invasive eyelid treatment typically requires a brief recovery and boasts a high satisfaction rate.
The top aesthetic destination of the south, Carolina Facial Plastics, is led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh. With his team of cosmetic experts, a fully accredited surgery center, and a private recovery retreat all located in the heart of SouthPark, Carolina Facial Plastics is known for unparalleled and natural-looking results exclusively for the face.
Dr. Kulbersh trained in Beverly Hills with two of the most prominent oculoplastic (eye plastic) surgeons in the country. He now offers the advanced techniques employed in Beverly Hills to his patients in the Carolinas. Dr. Kulbersh’s knowledge of eyelid anatomy and facial aging analysis will provide you with excellent blepharoplasty results.
Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift or eyelid surgery, improves the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids by surgically removing excess skin, tightening loose muscles, and repositioning fat around the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the appearance of your eyes, making you look well-rested and alert.
Dr. Kulbersh performs blepharoplasty procedures for both functional and aesthetic reasons. For example, an upper eyelift surgery can enhance the appearance of the eyes and boost self-confidence while also allowing the patient to see clearly once the drooping eyelids are corrected. Patients who experience the best outcome are often those who have sagging lids or tired-looking eyes. Eyelid surgery is frequently performed in combination with a mini-lift or facelift.
All patients must be in good health to undergo a surgical procedure.
To learn more about eyelid surgery, visit medlineplus.gov.
Reasons to Consider an Upper Blepharoplasty
In many cases, patients seek eyelid treatment to improve their visibility, which may be obscured by excess skin and fat on the upper eyelids. The skin and fat on the upper lid may become so heavy that it could limit the opening of the eye and restrict the ability to see.
Candidates for upper eyelid surgery for medical reasons undergo a simple test by an ophthalmologist. If the test shows that the vision is obstructed, then the patient is eligible for an upper eye lift.
The Benefits of a Lower Blepharoplasty
Dr. Kulbersh often performs lower blepharoplasty to correct the tired, sad, or older appearance that loose skin, under-eye pouches, and dark circles can create. However, drooping lower eyelids can also cause discomfort, such as dry, red eyes. In severe cases, the eyelids may droop and stretch to the point that a patient’s eyelids may turn outward or inward, resulting in dryness, irritation, and potential vision issues. Lower blepharoplasty can help rejuvenate a patient’s appearance and resolve the uncomfortable symptoms of severe drooping eyelids.
Upper Eyelid Lift Surgery
Upper eye lift surgery is used to correct drooping upper eyelids that tend to sag with time. The incision will be made in the natural creases of your eyelids so any scars will be hidden. Excess skin is removed to rejuvenate the upper eyelid and create a smoother contour above the eye.
When your upper eyelids sag to the point of vision obstruction, it becomes an issue of eyelid function as well as a cosmetic issue. In these cases, our Charlotte, NC upper eyelid lift specialist might also recommend a brow lift be performed at the same time to properly lift the lids and restore your vision.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower blepharoplasty is used to remove excess puffiness or bags from under the eyes. The lower eyelid puffiness is caused by excess fat, which is removed or repositioned during the procedure. A small incision will be made either under the eyelashes or inside the lower eyelid so that the scar is well hidden.
Patients with large fat pockets will benefit from a lower eyelid procedure with fat repositioning. In this procedure, our facial plastic surgeon will move prominent fat further down onto the cheekbone to create a smooth transition from the eye to the cheek. This is a great way to improve the bags or circles underneath the eyes.
If a patient does not have much fat in the lower eyelids, fat can be transferred to the lid from another area of the body. Fat transfers may be used to fill the tear trough or the lower lid bags, which may improve the contours of the face for the best natural-looking results.
It is important to note that a lower blepharoplasty does not necessarily treat under-eye wrinkles. Laser skin resurfacing or chemical peels are best for reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and creases.
Blepharoplasty is becoming one of the most popular cosmetic procedures among men. Eyelid surgery for men reverses the signs of aging by improving sagging eyelids and bags under the eyes.
When treating male patients, Dr. Kulbersh takes a more conservative approach. His goal is to preserve the masculine facial aesthetics of the eyelids and brows while producing natural, subtle results that create a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance.
Recovery from blepharoplasty is relatively quick and more comfortable than most patients expect.
- The patient should only engage in minimal activity for the first 24 hours.
- Diet should be mainly liquids for the first 24 hours, and then patients can switch to more solid foods.
- The head should be elevated using two pillows to help reduce swelling.
- Frozen peas should be placed on the eyes for 10 minutes of every hour awake during the first 48 hours.
- Tylenol is usually enough to control any pain, but additional pain medication may be provided.
- Significant pain should be reported to Dr. Kulbersh immediately, as this may signal bleeding under the skin.
- Dr. Kulbersh removes the stitches and tape 5-7 days after surgery. At that point, patients can shower and wear make-up.
Most patients return to work and daily activities about two weeks after eyelid surgery. Seventy percent of the swelling resolves over three weeks.
Intense physical activity, such as running or heavy lifting, can be resumed three weeks following the eye lift surgery.
To learn more, read What to Expect After Blepharoplasty Surgery.
If Dr. Kulbersh operated on the lower lids, he might place tape on the lower lid to improve the swelling and bruising.
Frequently asked questions
A: Blepharoplasty is usually performed on men and women who have healthy facial tissue and muscles, but need an eyelid treatment to improve the appearance of their upper and lower eyelids. Find out if you are a good candidate for blepharoplasty here.
A: Dark circles and shadows under the eyes can be a result of hollowness in the lower eye trough area. An eyelid procedure can often address this concern.
A: Fat transfer or the fat repositioning procedure is a great treatment for dark bags under the eyes. Fat transfer can offer significant improvement by adding volume to this depressed area, eliminating the shadowing and darkness that result. Patients that have pigmentation changes causing dark circles will not benefit from eye bag surgery.
A: Blepharoplasty is performed as an outpatient eyelid treatment, and can be performed with local anesthesia.
A: In general, it takes about 3-6 months to see the final results of your eyelid surgery. Since the eyes are such a delicate area, it takes some time for all the swelling to completely subside.
A: An eyelid lift surgery does not address these lines in the outer corners of the eyes, but Dr. Kulbersh can treat crow’s feet using Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin after blepharoplasty.
A: You cannot wear contact lenses for about two weeks after your eyelid procedure because your eyelids will most likely be stiff and sore.
A: Correcting eyelid problems that interfere with your vision may be covered by your health insurance. For example, if your upper eyelid has excess skin that is blocking your eyesight then the eye lift is termed “functional,” and the cost of blepharoplasty may be covered by insurance. When performed for cosmetic reasons, the procedure may not be covered by your insurance in Charlotte.
A: You should wait approximately 10 days before applying makeup to your eyes.
A: Eye lift surgery can be done alone or in conjunction with other facelift surgery procedures, such as a facelift or browlift.