As time, gravity, and the elements take their toll on the eyelids, various problems can develop. Heavy upper lids can give you a tired appearance, while lower eyelid puffiness can make you look old. Blepharoplasty at the Long Beach area's Patient Preferred Dermatology is designed to target these cosmetic problems on the upper lids, lower lids, or both.
Blepharoplasty is the technical name for eyelid surgery, which involves removal of excess tissue and suturing the skin back together. At Patient Preferred Dermatology, the procedure is performed by an experienced cosmetic surgeon dedicated to maximizing patient health and safety while improving facial aesthetics.
As noted above, aging can impact the upper and lower lids in different ways. Upper lid blepharoplasty treats the laxity that causes the lids to hang lower. The unwanted lower lid fat pouches and bags are removed by a lower eyelid blepharoplasty
Note that this surgery only corrects excess eyelid skin. A blepharoplasty does not treat eyelid wrinkles or tighten eyelid skin. Your surgeon may perform CO2 laser surgery to treat the loose, wrinkled eyelid skin.
During an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, the surgeon removes the excess eyelid skin and sutures the remaining skin back together. The suture line is carefully placed so that it is hidden in the eyelid crease. Stitches are usually removed in one week, and most of the bruising is resolved in about two weeks.
Lower eyelid fat pouches are corrected by a lower lid blepharoplasty. This surgery consists of removing excess fat through small incisions made either on the outside or the inside of the eyelid. If incisions are made on the outside of the eyelid, the skin can be tightened and wrinkles removed prior to suturing. If incisions are on the inside, no sutures are needed, and scarring can be minimized.
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Although there are risks from any surgery, the risks associated with eyelid surgery are typically minimal. The risks include, but are not limited to, bruising, bleeding, infection, and scarring.
Patients should choose an experienced, board-certified surgeon with a reputation for quality work while maximizing safety. Any surgeon offering eyelid surgery should be able to thoroughly explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. You should feel at ease with your decision for the surgery and your choice of surgeon before you begin. Having a good relationship with your surgeon can improve the process and results.
Note that a blepharoplasty treats the eyelids only. It does not treat crow's feet lines. BOTOX® relaxes the muscles that cause crow's feet to appear on the sides of both eyes. Patients looking to rejuvenate the eye region may also want to consider dermal fillers. For example, SCULPTRA®, an injectable that restores facial fullness, can correct temporal hollowness and sagging to the sides of the eyes. VOLUMA® is used to add definition to the cheekbones below the eyes. The overall result can be a natural and more youthful appearance.
* individual results may vary