As essential elements in facial expression, the eyes convey messages of emotion and vitality. Age and environmental factors like sun damage cause the skin to lose elasticity and structure, especially in the thin tissue around the eyes. Weakened muscles and fat deposits in the eye area can also contribute to an exhausted, upset, and aged appearance. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can help freshen and revitalize your face by removing excess tissue and repositioning fat in the upper and lower eyelids. Our surgeons at AesthetiCare in Orange County, San Diego, and Riverside are highly skilled in eyelid surgery and can help you achieve the youthful look you have always wanted.
What Can Eyelid Surgery Correct?
- Drooping eyelids
- Eyelids that obstruct the vision
- Puffiness around the eyes
- Under-eye bags
- Fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area
Eyelid Surgery Options for You!
Eyelid surgery may last approximately one to two hours, depending on the extent of correction required. Before the procedure begins, the treatment area is cleansed, and anesthesia is administered. Usually, this procedure is performed using local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, but your aesthetic surgeon may recommend general anesthesia, if necessary. The incisions created during eyelid surgery may be closed with sutures. Several different techniques can be used to enhance the eyelids, and your surgeon will determine the most appropriate approach during your personal consultation.
- Upper Eyelid Procedure: involves creating incisions in the fold of the upper eyelid through which excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed.
- Transconjunctival technique: incisions are created within the conjunctiva. This approach is ideal for removing excess orbital fat from the lower eyelids.
- Transcutaneous technique: incisions are created along the natural folds of the lower eyelids. This approach is ideal for removing unwanted fat deposits as well as excess skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will my recovery be after eyelid surgery?
You will likely experience some discomfort, bruising, and swelling around your eyes after your eyelid surgery. Pain can be managed with pain medication as prescribed by your aesthetic surgeon. Resting with your head elevated and applying cold compresses to the treatment site will help minimize swelling and bruising. These side effects should subside within two to four weeks. Makeup can be worn after 10 days to conceal any discoloration. Work may be resumed one week after surgery, but strenuous activity must be avoided for at least two weeks.
Will I have scarring after eyelid surgery?
All incisions created during eyelid surgery are carefully placed within the natural folds and contours of the eyelid so that they are nearly imperceptible. Any scars that result from this procedure may be a pinkish color at first, but these tend to fade over time and blend with your natural skin tone. The inside lower eyelid technique does not produce any visible scarring because the incisions are placed within the lower eyelid.
What are the potential risks associated with eyelid surgery?
Experiencing significant complications after eyelid surgery is rare. However, all surgical procedures come with risks, which may include:
- Sensitivity to light
- Temporary blurred vision
What results can I expect from my eyelid surgery?
You will start to notice the results of your procedure within a few weeks as the bruising and swelling subside. While eyelid surgery results are long lasting, it is important to realize that your face will continue to age. However, eyelid surgery can successfully restore a youthful, revitalized appearance to your eyes for years to come.
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
The cost of your personalized eyelid surgery depends on several factors, including the surgical approach and the extent of correction. Financing is available at AesthetiCare for qualifying patients.