Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Age, sun exposure and hereditary factors all contribute to wrinkles, deep lines and puffiness around the eyes. Blepharoplasty can improve the appearance of baggy eyelids and puffiness by tightening excess skin and repositioning and removing excess fat. An eyelid lift or blepharoplasty performed by an experienced surgeon, is designed to restore a more youthful appearance to your eyes. It may involve the upper lids, the lower lids, or both.
Frequntly asked questions about eyelid surgery
What is Blepharoplasy or Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery also known as eye lift, has gone through a significant transformation over the past few years. Traditionally, eyelid surgery involves the removal of significant fat, skin and muscle in order to obtain what is perceived as “youthful” eyes. This approach can result in hollowness of the eye area and a “cat-like” look of the corner of the eyes that looks unnatural and changes the entire appearance of the person. Also, complications were more common with these types of procedures. In Today's contemporary cosmetic surgery, we know that the aging changes around the eyes do not just involve sagging skin. It has multiple components such as loss of skin elasticity, drooping of the eyebrows and cheek fat pads and weakness of supporting eyelid structures that lead to puffiness under the eyes. In the evaluation of aging eyes the forehead and mid face also need to be thoroughly evaluated.
What Can I expect from this procedure? What is the recovery like?
After having an eyelid surgery, you should expect to have fresher look and people may comment on how refreshed you look. A good eyelid surgery perfomed by an experienced surgeon will provide natural, long lasting results. Brusing around the eyes are common and will last 3-5 days. Make up and ice packs around the eyes may help reduce the amount and duration of swelling. Stitches will disolve and we rarely need to remove stiches after this procedure.
Will there be much pain or discomfort after the procedure?
Blepharoplasty procedure does not cause a lot of discomfort. In fact most of our patients take very little if any amount of pain medications.
How many days shoud I take off from work after a blepharoplasty procedure?
Usually our patients after having upper eyelid procedure done, will take 3-5 days off. Some may decide to go to work earlier. This is individualized and strongly dependent on the patient.
What is our approach in Eyelid rejuvination procedure?
Through a better understanding of eyelid anatomy, facial analysis and aging changes, Dr. Bolourian utilizes a very different approach to eyelid correction. His approach can include the use of fillers/injectables (Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane), laser skin resurfacing, conservative surgical eyelid contouring (Blepharoplasty), fat grafting, endoscopic brow and/or mid-face lift to create the most natural and long-standing results. With this method each individual receives a personalized approach to their eyelid correction. The results are natural and involve minimal risks, complications or down-time.
How long do the results of eyelid procedure last?
Lower eyelid surgery rarely need to be redone. The results for lower eyelid surgery last for many years. Upper eyelid surgery can last around 8-10 years. after that there may elect to have another eyelid lift procedure.
Call our Rancho Santa Margarita Office at 949-888-0332 with any questions about Eyelid Surgery.
Reza Bolourian, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Serving Rancho Santa Margarita and Surrounding Areas