Eyes are often our most expressive and noticeable facial feature, but they can also be the first to show visible signs of aging. Eyelid skin is delicate and it can lose elasticity with age while the muscles around the eyes can weaken—causing upper lids to droop and lower lids to become puffy.1 Blepharoplasty is a plastic surgery to lift sagging upper eyelids or correct baggy skin under the eyes. Cosmetic eyelid surgery can restore a youthful and bright-eyed look.
At Cassileth Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, our highly experienced and Ivy-league trained Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Catherine Chang understands that changes to the eye area can make a significant difference in how you look. Dr. Chang combines exceptional attention to detail with finely honed surgical skills to provide natural-looking results and ensure that you look like a refreshed and rejuvenated version of yourself.
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Eyelid surgery at our Beverly Hills practice can:
Upper blepharoplasty focuses on the area above the eyes. Dr. Chang will remove excess skin and tighten the upper eye area using an incision that is hidden in the natural upper eyelid crease. The final result looks natural and youthful.
Lower blepharoplasty addresses the skin below the eyes, which can become overly wrinkled or baggy as a result of the aging process. To correct this, Dr. Chang will redistribute the fat from the “eye bag” area, using an incision that is hidden inside the lower eyelid (a transconjunctival approach). If excess skin is also present, an incision can be created at the lash line to remove the skin and further tighten the lower lid. This eyelid surgery creates a smoother, more youthful contour and a well-rested, revitalized look.
During your consultation appointment, your surgeon will examine your eye area, review your medical history, and discuss your aesthetic goals. If eye rejuvenation surgery is right for you, she will work with you to develop a treatment plan and advise you of any pre-surgical guidelines.
Blepharoplasty surgery is an outpatient procedure that may be performed with local anesthesia and sedation, but is usually done with general anesthesia. Dr. Chang will create incisions and proceed to remove excess fat or skin, as well as reposition the underlying fat and tissue if needed, before using sutures to close the incisions.
After eyelid surgery, you may be advised to keep your head elevated and gently apply ice packs or cold compresses during the first several days of recovery. Eye drops may also be recommended to help keep your eyes lubricated during the healing process. Most patients resume day-to-day activities approximately one week after surgery.
Results are immediate, although they may be obscured by mild swelling during the first few days. Your surgical team will advise you on proper skin care and sun protection to maintain your results. If you are concerned with hyperpigmentation or discoloration around the eyes, Dr. Chang may also recommend laser resurfacing treatments.
Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are in good general health, non-smoking, and free of medical conditions such as glaucoma or diabetes.2 The best way to determine if eyelid surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation appointment.
The incisions for blepharoplasty will be hidden within the natural creases of the eyes, so they are easily camouflaged and rarely noticeable.
Blepharoplasty is designed to correct overly hooded eyes, and saggy or puffy eyes. Dr. Chang is careful to preserve your natural eye shape, including distinct ethic aspects, to ensure that you look alert and rejuvenated without altering the fundamental characteristics that contribute to your unique look and identity.
In most cases, blepharoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure. However, some patients may have such severe drooping of the upper lids that it obscures vision (a condition called ptosis). In these cases, an ophthalmologist may perform a "visual field test" to determine that the procedure is medically necessary and insurance may provide coverage.
1Mayo Clinic. Blepharoplasty. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/blepharoplasty/about/pac-20385174. Accessed June 23, 2021.
2American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Eyelid Surgery. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/eyelid-surgery. Accessed June 23, 2021
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