How is an Upper/Lower Eyelid Lift Performed?
Non-surgical upper/lower eyelid lift procedures involve a very delicate and sensitive area of the face. With his advanced sub-specialty training and background in oculofacial plastic surgery, Dr. Lewen maintains a detailed appreciation for the complex anatomy of the eyelids, brows, and other related areas around the eyes and face. Due to the sensitive nature of these areas, these injections should be performed by a qualified, board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon. Dr. Lewen uses a series of advanced injection techniques to perform this minimally invasive procedure in the office. His sub-specialty training, keen aesthetic eye, and unique attention to detail will ensure that you will maintain the appropriate shape and contour of your eyelids and brows to give you the best and most natural enhancement. Depending on your individual anatomy, Dr. Lewen may perform non-surgical upper/lower eyelid lift with the use of a blunt-tipped cannula. If appropriate for the shape of your face, this advanced injection technique also has the added benefits of improved patient comfort and less bruising when compared to facial filler injections that are performed with a needle.
During your consultation, Dr. Lewen will take extra care to listen to your specific concerns and cosmetic desires. After a brief examination, Dr. Lewen will then share his recommendations for your best treatment plan. At times, Dr. Lewen may recommend a more conservative, step-wise approach to give you the most natural-appearing result. Before your treatment, a member of the office staff may apply some numbing cream to the areas that are being treated. Afterward, these areas will be carefully prepped to ensure that all makeup and oils are removed from the skin and that the skin surface is sterile before starting your non-surgical upper/lower eyelid lift procedure.
For this area of the face, Dr. Lewen only utilizes very specific facial fillers that have been well-demonstrated scientifically to have the most beneficial properties when injected into the eyelid and brow areas. Most of these products now come pre-mixed with numbing medicine, and in some cases, Dr. Lewen will add some additional numbing medicine for optimum patient comfort. After the injections are performed, Dr. Lewen will carefully mold the products to ensure smoothness of contour, and to minimize the risk for any irregularities. Ice is also used as an additional form of anesthesia for certain areas that can be more sensitive to provide the easiest and most comfortable experience during injections. After your procedure is completed, Dr. Lewen’s staff will provide you with ice packs to apply to the treated upper eyelid and brow areas, and you will be given a detailed post-procedure instruction sheet.
Non-surgical upper/lower eyelid lift is a procedure that is frequently performed in combination with other, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, such as cheek fillers, temple filler rejuvenation (for hollowing), tear trough filler rejuvenation, and CO2 laser skin resurfacing. This procedure may also sometimes be combined with other cosmetic surgical procedures as well. The relationship between the brows and the upper/lower eyelids, along with the smoothness of transition between these two areas of the face, is integral for the best possible cosmetic rejuvenation with natural-appearing results. For this reason, the ideal rejuvenation of the eyelids for many patients may necessitate some degree of volume replacement in the upper/lower eyelid and/or brow areas to create a smoother transition between these areas of the face.
Dr. Lewen’s meticulous technique for non-surgical upper/lower eyelid lift not only addresses the cosmetic portion of the upper/lower eyelid area but can also serve to improve brow support. In many cases, proper volume replacement in these areas can reduce the amount of skin that may initially appear to be in excess as this area becomes “re-inflated.” This technique can also have a lifting effect on the entire brow area. Lastly, volume replacement in the brow and upper eyelid areas can help to re-contour the shape of the brows, restoring a more youthful appearance to this area.
What is the Recovery like After Non-Surgical Upper/Lower Eyelid Lift?
Dr. Lewen typically performs non-surgical upper/lower eyelid lift as an in-office procedure with most patients experiencing minimal or no discomfort. Some degree of bruising and swelling can be expected after the procedure, but this will vary based on each individual patient.
Every patient is somewhat different in terms of the healing time required after a non-surgical upper/lower eyelid lift procedure. Procedures that require more product volume will typically have slightly more healing time required. Although Dr. Lewen utilizes advanced injection techniques to minimize bruising as much as possible, this can still occur with these injections, and you should also expect some degree of swelling in the treated area afterward. Applying ice to the treated area immediately afterward, and for the first 24 to 48 hours, will significantly reduce the risk of additional bruising and swelling in the area. Arnica, a homeopathic remedy, may also help to alleviate swelling and bruising somewhat faster. There is minimal to no downtime required after non-surgical upper/lower eyelid lift, and you can resume normal exercise 24 hours after treatment.
Please note: Due to the normal thin-skin nature of the upper and lower eyelids, at times, this area of the face tends to show swelling as a result of fluid retention more than some other areas of the body. As such, in order to get the quickest and best results after this treatment, it is generally recommended to make sure that you try to do the simple things to limit general fluid retention immediately after having a non-surgical upper/lower eyelid lift procedure performed.
These steps include:
- Using ice over the treated area for the first 24 to 48 hours
- Making sure to drink enough water (at least eight glasses in 8-ounce measurements of water daily, if not more)
- Trying to limit dietary sodium intake
- Trying to limit alcohol intake (alcohol is a diuretic and can dehydrate you)
- Using over the counter artificial tear drops to control any dry eye issues (even a little bit of dry eyes can cause more swelling in the sensitive eyelid skin)
- Treating any environmental allergies that may be present (again, even a small amount of an allergy response to something in the environment can cause a little extra swelling in the delicate upper and lower eyelids)
Even with the best care, a little swelling in this area can be unavoidable after treatment. It is important to be patient and to remember to allow your body the time it needs for the treatment to fully settle. Although many patients will see results immediately after treatment, you should expect your final results from non-surgical upper/lower eyelid lift to settle in by about one to two weeks after your treatment.
Individual patient anatomy in this area of the face can vary considerably. Depending upon the severity of your volume deficiency, creasing, and the amount of product required to correct this area, most patients will find that the results from non-surgical upper/lower eyelid lift can last for over a year or more. It is important to remember that every person metabolizes facial fillers somewhat differently, and therefore, individual results may last for variable amounts of time. Dr. Lewen usually recommends that his patients schedule a follow-up appointment at about six to nine months after the non-surgical upper/lower eyelid lift to evaluate the area and to determine the best schedule for maintaining your results.