Eyelid Lift

It can be frustrating when it feels like you don’t have the eyelid space that you used to. If your makeup creases even with the best primers or you find yourself looking tired or angry even when you don’t feel like it, it can usually be the result of aging and sagging in the eyelids. Although mini-surgical options like Botox® or AccuTite™ can help, the most transformative results come with surgical techniques. An eyelid lift is one of the best options for rejuvenating the face and opening the eyes for an awake, youthful look.

What is an Eyelid Lift?

Sometimes called blepharoplasty, the eyelid lift addresses the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. This procedure uses incisions to excise loose skin and sagging fat pockets around the eyes for a lifted, awake look. Although the eyelid lift can be performed on its own, it’s also a common accompaniment to procedures like a facelift or rhinoplasty. In some cases, an eyelid lift can correct vision if you have excess skin that hangs too low over your eyes.

Eyelid Lift Candidates

The best candidates for eyelid surgery are those who are looking for transformative results when it comes to lifting and rejuvenating the eye area. Most often, eyelid lift patients have puffiness or sagging in the upper and lower eyelids, as well as wrinkles and hoods that cause the eyes to look aged and tired. In some cases, mini-surgical options like AccuTite can be used to rejuvenate the eyes without extensive downtime or incisions. It’s important that you be in good overall health if you opt for eyelid surgery, so Dr. Diktaban will discuss your medical health and expectations during a consultation.

What Happens During an Eyelid Lift?

An eyelid lift can involve upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or both. All options can be performed at our certified, in-house facility with anesthetic appropriate for your customized procedure.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

During upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made within the natural crease of the eyelid. Then, excess skin is removed, and the underlying tissues are lifted into a more upright position. Once finished, the incision is closed and made ready for recovery.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower eyelid surgery can be performed with an incision within the lower lash line or even inside the eyelid. Then, the puffy undereye bags are repositioned and rejuvenated for a smoother and brighter look to the undereyes. Sometimes, excess skin is removed as well. The incisions are finally closed with special sutures.

Results and Recovery

You can expect swelling and bruising for at least a week after surgery, meaning you may not feel comfortable returning to public during this time. Some patients also experience sensitive vision to bright light, so it can be helpful to wear sunglasses for the first few days. It’s extremely important to keep your head elevated while you sleep to decrease swelling and bruising. It can take a few months for your final results to emerge, but the result is a rejuvenated and lifted look to your eye area.


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Schedule a Consultation

The eyelid lift can be an excellent way to minimize sagging, puffy skin from around the eyes. To get started, we invite you to contact our Manhattan office by calling or filling out our online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can droopy eyelids cause blurred vision?

Droopy eyelids can definitely cause a decrease in peripheral vision but not necessarily blurred vision.

Can I sleep on my side after eyelid surgery?

Sleeping by slightly leaning to either side is probably going to be okay. Sleeping flat on your back is perfect. Sleeping face down is obviously not permitted.

Can you get rid of hooded eyelids?

Getting rid of hooded upper eyelids is called an upper blepharoplasty. An upper blepharoplasty improves the upper eyelid contour by removing excess and possibly excess muscle and fat depending on the look desired.

How do you reduce bruising after eyelid surgery?

Reducing bruising begins before surgery by elimination foods and drugs that decrease blood clotting. The use of certain homeopathic substances like Arnica Montana and Bromelain taken before and after surgery also will help. Lastly, resting with your head elevated and applying cold will definitely help minimize bruising.

Can you go blind from blepharoplasty?

It is a very rare occurrence. It has only occurred when all four eyelids were operated upon at the same. Therefore, it has NOT occurred when only the upper eyelids or when only the lower eyelids are operated upon. Proper preparation and following your doctors instructions is of paramount importance.

Does eyelid surgery leave scars?

Upper eyelid surgery typically leaves a scar where the crease is located. So when you open your eyes, the scar hides in the crease. Lower eyelid scars can be hidden on the inside of the lower eyelid or placed just beneath the eyelashes of the lower eyelid.

Can an eyelid lift fix tear troughs?

Dr. Diktaban can determine whether eyelid surgery will be your best option for tear troughs. In some cases, dermal fillers can more effectively restore volume to the undereye area.

Will I have visible scars?

For upper eyelid surgery, your scars will be placed within the natural crease of your eye, meaning it’s not easily visible and can easily be concealed with cosmetics. Lower eyelid surgery can place your scars within the lash line or inside the eyelid. Dr. Diktaban prefers to make the incision on the inside of your lower eyelid where you will never see it. If visible scarring from an external incision is a concern, Dr. Diktaban can recommend your best options for scarring treatments.

Do I need a brow lift or eyelid lift?

In some cases, a brow lift is a better option if upper eyelid sagging is caused by heaviness in the brow. Dr. Diktaban performs endoscopic brow lifts with incisions hidden within the hairline. This can also sometimes be corrected with Botox. Dr. Diktaban can determine the right option for you during a consultation.

Can eyelid surgery fix hooded eyes?

Hooded eyes can be caused by genetics where skin hangs over the mobile lid space. Eyelid surgery can remove this excess skin and open up new eyelid space, reducing heaviness and eyeshadow creasing that is common with hooded eyes.

Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS
Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

For over 35 years, Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS, has made it his life's work to enhance the natural beauty of his patients in the Upper East Side and surrounding areas of New York City. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Diktaban provides the ideal blend of realistic, aesthetic, and safe cosmetic treatments and procedures.