How Long Does an Eyelid Lift Last?

An eyelid lift is a procedure where surgeons remove excess skin, fat, and muscle from the eyelids to reshape the eye. Cosmetic surgeons use it to manage age-related puffy or drooping eyelids to give their patients a more youthful look.

More than 100,000 adults in America undergo eyelid lifts each year, and it is not unusual for the results to differ between patients.


How Long Do Results Last?

The results depend on the eyelid that underwent surgery. On average, upper eyelid lift results last five to seven years. The results from lower eyelid lifts are usually permanent.

It is important to note that the eyes will continue aging even after an eyelid lift. While it is not likely that patients will require a second eyelid lift, some people do need a second surgery. However, people are choosing nonsurgical options to maintain their eyelid lift results.

How Can You Maintain Your Eyelid Lift Results?

Taking good care of your eyelids can help you maintain your youthful look. The following tips will help keep the skin around your eyes smooth and tight.

Using Sun Protection

You probably know the harmful effects of excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light on your skin. But to your gentle eyelids, sun exposure can accelerate aging, thus, drooping skin. Because the eyelids have thin and delicate skin, they age quickly. If your face gets too much contact with the sun, the skin around your eyes will lose elasticity faster.

Therefore, it is critical to shield your eyes from the sun by wearing wide-brimmed sun hats or sunglasses that cover your eyelids when outside.

Using Gentle Makeup on Your Eyes

The makeup around your eyes may strip your eyelids of natural oils, causing them to dry and become saggy. Also, applying and removing the makeup can be traumatic to the skin around your eyes. To make the process smoother, avoid using harsh cosmetics. Instead, use gentle makeups that are easy to apply and remove. Find makeup products that do not dry out your eyelids.

Avoiding Eye Rubbing, Pulling, or Tugging

Frequent rubbing, pulling, or tugging at the skin around your eyes can cause it to wear down. The eyelid skin is the thinnest in the body, thus more prone to damage. Its skin layers lack the thickness of the skin on other parts of the face and body.

Thus, avoid rubbing your eyes when they feel dry or pulling and tugging at the eyelids when applying and removing makeup. Also, exercise caution when wearing and removing your contact lenses.

Staying Hydrated

Dry skin may worsen the appearance of saggy skin and wrinkles around your eyes. Besides, anti-aging hydrating creams may be too harsh on your eyelids. Drinking lots of water will help flush out toxins from your body and adequately hydrate your skin and eyes. When your body is dry, there is not enough fluid to go around to keep you hydrated.

Are You a Good Candidate for Eyelid Lift?

If you are bothered by saggy or puffy eyelid skin because of muscle weakness, you may be eligible for an eyelid lift. A physical exam and eyelid skin assessment by your cosmetic surgeon can help determine if an eyelid lift is appropriate for you.

For more on eyelid lifts, visit Miami Aesthetic at our office in Miami, Florida. Call 786-574-3770 to book an appointment today.