Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) in Los Angeles, CA
One of the more prominent signs of aging is the excess skin that starts to sag around the eyes and eyelids. Sometimes the skin from the eyelids may even cause vision issues. Kian Karimi MD, FACS, and Chester Griffiths, MD, FACS, double board-certified facial plastic surgeons at Rejuva Medical Aesthetics, perform eyelid surgery on men and women who live in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Brentwood and the surrounding communities in California who want to restore a rested, younger appearance.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is the cosmetic surgery procedure to reduce excess skin that may hang over the upper lash line or create “bags” under the eyes. Whether done for cosmetic reasons or to alleviate any vision impairment from the excess skin on the upper lids, blepharoplasty restores a rested, more youthful appearance.
Benefits of Blepharoplasty
It is very common to want to make your eyes brighter since they are the first feature that anyone notices. Eyelid surgery is a very popular procedure because it offers the following benefits:
- Restores a rested, more youthful appearance
- Corrects any issues with vision
- Smooths the area around the eyes
- Improves self-confidence
Who Is the Ideal Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
People who show the signs of aging in their eyes may be ideal candidates for eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty is often selected to diminish a tired facial expression that is the result of excess skin on the upper and lower lids as well as around the eyes. Once it is tightened and the excess skin is cut away, a more relaxed and rested look is created. Additionally, excess skin on the upper lids can hinder vision making it necessary for people who have this issue to have eyelid surgery.
What Do I Need to Do Before Blepharoplasty?
As with any surgery, it is important to follow the protocol for preparing for blepharoplasty. During your consultation, you will get detailed instructions on the steps to take to ensure a successful procedure, such as stopping smoking and avoiding any medications and supplements that may thin the blood a few weeks prior to the procedure as well as afterwards.
What Should I Expect on The Day of My Eyelid Surgery?
During eyelid surgery, very small incisions are placed in the crease of the upper eyelids. The skin is pulled or lifted then the excess skin and fatty deposits are removed. At that point, the incisions are closed. As it is done, Dr. Karimi or Dr. Griffiths recreates a natural eyelid crease.
When performing lower lid surgery, there are several techniques used to achieve the desired look. Those who have excess fat in the area of the lower lid (bags under their eyes) can expect to have incisions inside the lower lid. If the lower lid needs to be reinforced because of wrinkly lower lids, incisions are typically made just under the lower lash line. Lastly, fat transposition lower lid blepharoplasty may be done by transferring the fat bag into the under eye hollow to minimize or eliminate that “sunken” or “hollowed” appearance after surgery.
How Long Does It Take to Perform Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation and takes up to two hours to complete.
What to Expect After Blepharoplasty?
Once the surgery is complete, you are taken to a recovery room to let the anesthesia wear off. Once you are able, you may go home with the assistance of someone to drive you, as you may have ointment and gauze over your eyes. You will also be given antibiotic ointment and medicine to help with the healing and prevent infection. Your stitches are typically removed within a week following the procedure with recovery taking about two weeks to complete. At this point, you may return to work as long as there is no heavy lifting or strenuous activities, which may be resumed a few weeks later. You will receive detailed recovery instructions to follow during your recovery which, when followed closely, ensure a successful recovery and result.
Will I Have Scars After Getting Blepharoplasty?
The incisions on the upper eyelid are typically made in the crease of the eyelid to keep them hidden, although they are minimal and greatly diminish over time. As for the lower lids, the incisions are made close to the lash line to keep them from being noticeable. With younger patients having lower eyelid surgery, the incisions may be made just inside the lower lid.
When Will I See the Results from Blepharoplasty?
The recovery process from blepharoplasty takes only a few weeks to complete. Much of the swelling and bruising goes away within a couple of weeks; however, it may take just a few weeks longer. As the recovery process continues, the results become more visible with the complete look achieved within a month or so.
How Long Will the Results of Blepharoplasty Last?
The results are long lasting following blepharoplasty. With proper maintenance, results from eyelid surgery can last more than 10 years.
How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost in Los Angeles?
The cost of blepharoplasty is different with each patient as it depends on the extent of the procedure and whether other procedures are performed at the same time. We can go over the costs with you during your consultation along with our payment options including financing through CareCredit®.
Rejuva Medical Aesthetics is passionately committed to reflecting your inner beauty. Using the latest and most advanced procedures for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, our team offers full body plastic surgery, emphasizing overall health and wellness to the residents in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Brentwood and the surrounding communities in California. Contact us now!