Upper Eyelid Lift
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Blepharoplasty (also known as cosmetic eyelid surgery or eyelift) is one of the most commonly performed procedures in plastic surgery. Dr. Naficy has performed thousands of cosmetic eyelid procedures and is experienced in all techniques of blepharoplasty, including a method that does not use external incisions (transconjunctival blepharoplasty) laser blepharoplasty, fat preservation, and revision blepharoplasty.
Dr. Naficy's practice has been 100% devoted to facial plastic surgery for the past 18 years. This is why Seattle doctors and patients have voted Dr. Naficy one of the top plastic surgeons for the face. Patients from the entire globe seek Dr. Naficy's expertise and he has many patients flying in for surgery both nationally and internationally.
How do the eyes age?
The eyes are usually the first place to show signs of aging. Over time, the upper eyelids can develop folds of loose skin that give the eyes a heavy and tired look. Droopy upper eyelids can also make it difficult to wear eye make-up. Lower eyelids can also appear droopy or baggy, giving a tired, sometimes sad look to the face. Finally, because the skin of the eyelids is very thin, it is quite prone to developing many fine wrinkles. At Naficy Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center we have a comprehensive approach to eyelid rejuvenation and utilize both surgical and non-surgical treatments.
What can blepharoplasty achieve?
After cosmetic eyelid surgery, the eyes appear more rested and vibrant. The results can be so natural that friends and co-workers will often comment on how great you look, but may not realize that surgery was performed. The incisions lie in natural creases of the eyelid and usually heal extremely fast. Like all cosmetic surgery procedures, a great result is both in what you see and what you don't see. Dr. Naficy uses state of the art laser technology that produces remarkable results with rapid healing and minimal down-time.
Upper blepharoplasty and laser resurfacing of lower eyelids by Sam Naficy, MD
Eyelid Lift Photo Gallery
You may wish to browse through the gallery of representative before and after eye lift pictures. Click on any of the thumbnails to enter the slide show. All procedures were performed by Dr. Sam Naficy and some patients may have had more than one surgical procedure performed. The text accompanying the photos describes the details of the procedures performed.
What other procedures can be combined with blepharoplasty?
What type of anesthesia is used?
We use IV sedation anesthesia, which is a very safe and effective method of anesthesia for facial plastic surgery and rhinoplasty. IV sedation anesthesia is extremely safe compared to the standard general anesthesia techniques used today. The main advantages of IV sedation anesthesia are: (i) it does not require putting a breathing tube in the throat, (ii) it does not require a breathing machine, (iii) the recovery is much faster, (iv) there is much less "hang-over" from anesthesia, (v) and there is much less nausea. All these elements translate into greater comfort and safety. Dr. Naficy has used this technique of anesthesia in several thousand plastic surgery procedures without any anesthetic complications.
During IV sedation anesthesia a small flexible IV (intravenous) needle is placed into one of the veins of the back of the hand. Through this IV line, relaxing medication is given to make you fall sleep. The amount of medication given is adjusted to the specific needs of each person. After you are sleeping, some numbing medicine is also placed in the skin to numb the area that is being operated on. The beauty of IV sedation anesthesia is that during the procedure you are unaware of anything going on and cannot hear anything, yet you are still breathing on your own.
When the procedure is finished, the relaxing medication is discontinued and you begin to wake up. Because the medications used in IV sedation anesthesia clear the system rather quickly, most of our patients are able to go home in less than 30 minutes after the procedure is completed.
Anesthesia guidelines [21kb PDF]
What is the recovery like?
There is minimal eye discomfort after the procedure, similar to having an irritated eye from allergies. Some swelling and discoloration may develop around the eyes for a few days. With make-up, most of our patients can return to work or social activities in one week.
Post-operative care instructions [12kb PDF]
I am interested! What do I do next?
If you are considering this procedure we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Naficy. During this visit he will listen to your concerns and discuss your options. He will tell you whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and inform you of the potential risks of the procedure. There is a great variety in eyelid shapes and features and each procedure must be custom tailored for the patient to get the best possible result. You will also have a chance to view before and after photo albums of his patients who have undergone procedures similar to what you are considering.
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