Ann Jayaram, MD
Oculoplastic Surgeon located in Atherton, CA
Drooping eyelids don’t just affect the way you look; they can partially block your vision and lead to forehead strain too. At ellevateMD in Menlo Park, California, Ann Jayaram, MD, can treat droopy upper lids with a lid lift, leaving minimal or no scarring. To schedule a one-on-one consultation for a lid lift, request an appointment over the phone or online at ellevateMD today.
Lid Lift Q & A
What is a lid lift?
A lid lift, the most popular procedure at ellevateMD, is an in-office procedure to lift the upper eyelids, which can become droopier with age.
Also called ellevate lids, the procedure takes just 30 minutes to complete and can widen your eyes without preventing you from closing them or causing dry eye.
During the procedure, Dr. Jayaram removes excess sagging skin from above each of your eyes. This skin changes due to the loss of collagen and elastin associated with aging. Sometimes, it’s merely a cosmetic issue.
In other cases, the drooping skin can obstruct your eyesight. If this is the case for you, your insurance may cover the procedure.
When you first come in, Dr. Jayaram examines your eyelids and takes your personal anatomy into consideration. Then, she plans your lid lift with careful precision.
What should I expect during a lid lift?
Your lid lift at ellevateMD is painless and straightforward. Dr. Jayaram administers local anesthesia shortly before the procedure starts, which numbs your eyelids and the area around them. She then marks the areas where she plans to make the incisions and places protective shields over your eyes.
Dr. Jayaram uses a cautery or laser device to make incisions and remove small pockets of excess fat and skin from the upper eyelids. She repositions the lids by elevating them before closing the incisions with dissolvable sutures.
You won’t need to come back for removal of the sutures. They go away by themselves in about a week when the incision heals.
What should I expect during the recovery period after a lid lift?
An ellevateMD lid lift requires very little recovery time, and Dr. Jayaram makes sure you know how to care for your eyes during the sensitive time after surgery. You might experience some minor swelling and bruising as your eyelids heal, but these side effects subside within a week.
Once your incisions heal, there is virtually no remaining scarring. To accelerate your healing, Dr. Jayaram recommends:
- Resting for the remainder of the day after surgery
- Using a cold compress to soothe your eyelids
- Using over-the-counter pain relievers for any discomfort
- Avoiding television and reading for 24 hours
- Sleeping at an incline
- Avoiding strenuous activity, including sex, for three weeks
- Avoiding sun exposure for six weeks
You learn a lot about lid lifts and what to expect before the procedure starts. However, if you have any questions during the recovery, don’t hesitate to contact ellevateMD.
An ellevate lid lift removes excess skin above the eyes to awaken and revitalize your appearance. Schedule a consultation at ellevateMD by phone or online today.