Do Away with Bags Under Your Eyes with Eyelid Lift Surgery

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Some men and women develop sagging, puffiness, or bulging pockets of fat and skin beneath the eyes as a natural side effect of aging. This can happen earlier than you may think and is often responsible for making a person look older than they actually are, tired, or run down. Topical creams and over-the-counter products may keep some undereye swelling or darkening at bay, but one of the most effective solutions for heavy bags under the eyes is cosmetic surgery and — more specifically — a lower eyelid lift. In this blog, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao, owner of Rao Plastic Surgery in Tucson, AZ, provides an informative look at how eyelid lift surgery can be used to smooth out the sagging bags under the eyes and give your face a fresh, youthful new look.

How can I get rid of puffiness under my eyes?

If you have mild swelling or puffiness below your eyes due to a lack of sleep, drinking too much alcohol, or another temporary factor, simply adjusting your lifestyle habits may help to resolve the problem. For patients whose undereye bags are a more long-term result of aging, gravity, stubborn fat accumulation, and/or droopy skin, a lower eyelid lift may be the best option for restoring a smoother facial appearance.

How does a lower eyelid lift work?

Also known as lower blepharoplasty surgery, the lower eyelid lift is performed using general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Dr. Rao begins the procedure by making a thin, precise incision directly within the lower lash line. This provides Dr. Rao access to remove fat and excess skin beneath the eye. The skin of the lower lid is then pulled taut for a smoother, younger look, and the incision is closed with tiny sutures.

Can I get an upper and lower eyelid lift at the same time?

Yes, patients with concerns involving both the upper and lower eyelids may be candidates for a combination of upper and lower blepharoplasty. Signs and symptoms that may mean an upper eyelid lift is right for you include:

  • Sagging eyelids
  • Wrinkled eyelids
  • Hanging upper lids
  • Hooded eyes
  • Droopy upper eyelids
  • Obstructed vision due to saggy eyelids
  • Downturned eyes

Are blepharoplasty scars visible?

The scars resulting from lower eyelid lift surgery are located within the lower lash line, making them virtually impossible to see. The incisions used in an upper blepharoplasty are placed within the crease of the upper eyelid, meaning they are also extremely difficult to detect. In most cases, no one will notice your eyelid lift scars – not even you.

How long do eyelid lift results last?

The results of an upper and/or lower eyelid lift can last for many years, though the aging process will not stop. To maintain your refreshed look for as long as possible after an eyelid lift, be sure to minimize sun exposure, keep the skin moisturized, wear sunscreen, and do not smoke.

Turn back the clock today with eyelid lift surgery in Tucson, AZ

Are your wrinkled eyelids or undereye bags adding years to your face? Let us help lighten your look with blepharoplasty surgery at Rao Plastic Surgery in Tucson, AZ. For more information about the striking results that are possible with an eyelid lift, call to schedule your one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.