Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift Surgery) Beverly Hills
An eyelid lift surgery, or blepharoplasty, focuses on the eyes. Age, sun exposure and hereditary factors all contribute to wrinkles, deep lines and puffiness around the eyes.
The aging process can cause unwanted changes in expression, causing us to look permanently fatigued and older than we really are. My female patients often complain that they have trouble applying eyeshadow and their eyeliner constantly imprints itself higher up on the lid. My patients with excessive upper eyelid skin often feel tired – that they have to strain or lift their eyebrows to see or read. The puffiness to the lower lids makes patients look sad or sleepy. An eyelid lift surgery is designed to restore a more youthful appearance to your eyes and relieve some of these common complaints. It may involve the upper lids, the lower lids, or both.
About Eyelid Lift Surgery
-Upper eyelid lift:
An incision is made in the crease of the upper lid toward the temples. Once healed, it is not noticeable when the eye is open. Excessive skin and fat is removed through this incision improving the “tired” look.
-Lower eyelid lift:
If extra skin of the lower eyelid needs to be removed, the incision is made along the lash line and is hidden by lashes when healed. Fat is removed from an incision on the inside of the eyelid to get rid of the bags under the eyes.
When you come into the office during your consultation, I will analyze the upper and lower eyelids. The specific procedure and technique will be tailored to your individual anatomy.
Blepharoplasty – What to Expect.
Blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis at our surgical center. It is important to arrange for care after the surgery. Someone must drive you home and be available to care for you for the first 24 hours.
Complications are rare but can include bleeding and swelling, delayed wound healing, infection, drooping of eye upper or lower eyelid, asymmetry, double vision and dry eyes. We will spend time discussing the possible complications and all your questions and concerns will be addressed prior to your eyelid lift surgery.
Recovery After Eyelid Lift Surgery
The area surrounding the eyes will remain swollen in the days following the surgery. It should begin to subside after the first day. Some vision blurring is normal.
The stitches will be removed in 5-7 days. Swelling and bruising will persist for about 10 days, but you can begin wearing makeup to help conceal these concerns. You may expect to resume normal activity within a week to 10 days, and start enjoying your new look within approximately 10-14 days. It may take about 6 months for the scars to lose their redness.
If you want to learn more about eyelid lift surgery techniques or whether or not blepharoplasty is right for you, contact my Beverly Hills plastic surgery center by calling 310-858-8808.