Chances are that the first thing you notice about someone when you first meet is his or her eyes. The eyes are an important aspect of your appearance.
With time, our eyelids can sag and droop, resulting in an unwanted look that often makes us look older than we actually are. With the help of upper and lower blepharoplasty surgery performed by an expert cosmetic surgeon in Beverly Hills, La Peer Health Systems aims to aid patients seeking surgery for their eyelids.
Blepharoplasty can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids, either separately or simultaneously. Both upper and lower blepharoplasty surgeries are generally performed as outpatient procedures under local anesthesia or conscious sedation. After your initial consultation with our experienced eyelid surgeons, you’ll have a better idea of which surgery will be best for you.
Upper blepharoplasty aims to reduce the appearance of excess skin by removing fat through an incision made in the patients eyelid crease. If a patient is seeking upper blepharoplasty surgery for a sagging eyelid, the muscle responsible for raising the lid is tightened. Patients commonly have an upper blepharoplasty performed with lower blepharoplasty and a brow lift.
When a patient is experiencing lower eyelid bags or dark circles, they often seek the help of an oculoplastic surgeon and undergo lower blepharoplasty surgery. Most commonly, patients undergo a minimally invasive surgery in which fat in the lower eyelids is repositioned through an incision on the inner surface of the lower eyelid, resulting in a more youthful appearance and the reduction of under eye hollows.
When patients undergo lower blepharoplasty, they often combine the surgery with a chemical peel in order to smooth out and tighten any remaining loose skin in the area.
As a result of both types of blepharoplasty surgery, patients often experience some swelling or bruising in the days following surgery. Minor discomfort is also common, but generally clears up in a short period of time. It’s important to remember to follow the post-operative care as outlined by your Los Angeles plastic surgeon.
BENEFITS OF BLEPHAROPLASTY
Blepharoplasty offers many benefits, and these include:
- Improved Facial Appearance: An eyelid lift involves the removal of excess skin that hides the natural fold in the upper eyelids. It may also be performed to address puffiness in the upper eyelids that otherwise makes the eyes appear tired. Additionally, an eyelid lift helps patients treat under-eye bags, as well as fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
- Enhanced Vision: A blepharoplasty enables an individual to correct droopy, sagging eyelids that otherwise may impair his or her vision.
- Increased Self-Confidence: A successful blepharoplasty may make a person look younger and more alert than ever before. As a result, blepharoplasty patients may enjoy increased self-confidence following surgery.
GOOD CANDIDATES FOR EYELID LIFTS
There are several reasons why patients choose to undergo lower and upper blepharoplasty. You may be a good candidate to undergo blepharoplasty if you experience some of the following:
- Vision Impairment
- Puffy Eyelids
- Tired Appearance
- Fine Lines & Wrinkles
- Under Eye Hollows
- Sagging or Droopy Eyelids
If you have questions about which surgery is best for you, feel free to contact La Peer to schedule an initial consultation with a surgeon.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A BLEPHAROPLASTY CONSULTATION
For those who are interested in blepharoplasty, a consultation with an oculoplastic surgeon is ideal. At this time, an oculoplastic surgeon can determine if an individual is a viable candidate for an eyelid lift.
An oculoplastic surgeon performs a comprehensive patient assessment. He or she analyzes a patient’s medical history, performs a physical evaluation and finds out why an individual is considering an eyelid lift. Next, an oculoplastic surgeon offers treatment recommendations, responds to a patient’s concerns and questions and works with the patient to develop a personalized treatment plan.
With a blepharoplasty consultation, a patient can learn about all aspects of blepharoplasty. Plus, an oculoplastic surgeon can provide blepharoplasty insights to help an individual make an informed treatment decision.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN EYELID LIFT
An oculoplastic surgeon offers comprehensive instructions to help a patient prepare for an eyelid lift. He or she recommends avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol in the weeks leading up to surgery. An oculoplastic surgeon may also ask a patient to stop taking vitamin E, ginkgo biloba and other supplements prior to treatment.
Medications that contain aspirin or ibuprofen should be avoided in the weeks before a blepharoplasty. An oculoplastic surgeon can provide acceptable alternatives to these medications as needed.
A patient should provide an oculoplastic surgeon with a full list of his or her current medications. The surgeon then can determine if any of these medications may interfere with blepharoplasty preparation.
On the day before surgery, an oculoplastic surgeon recommends a patient prepare ice cubes, clean washcloths and other recovery essentials at home. A patient will need to abstain from eating or drinking at midnight on the day prior to surgery, too.
When the surgery date arrives, a patient should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and leave jewelry and any other unnecessary accessories at home. Also, a patient should shower and shampoo prior to a blepharoplasty and not wear any makeup to the procedure. A patient should consult with the oculoplastic surgeon to find out if he or she can take certain medications in the hours before surgery as well.
OCULOPLASTIC SURGEONS & FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEONS
An oculoplastic surgeon is a specialist in surgeries relating to the eyes and orbit, as they complete additional fellowships and training to gain this unique title in the field of Ophthalmology. A facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon generally completes a residency in Head & Neck surgery before going on to specialize in plastic and cosmetic surgeries of the face.
When considering blepharoplasty surgery to correct saggy or droopy eyelids, try to remember to select a surgeon that can best suit your needs. Luckily, at La Peer Health Systems you don’t have to pick! Our oculoplastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons are all extremely skilled in the performance of upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty. We aim to exceed our patients’ expectations by providing the best results possible!
CONTACT A BEVERLY HILLS SURGEON TODAY
The doctors of La Peer Health Systems are expertly trained individuals with extensive knowledge in performing various oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeries for our patients, including upper and lower blepharoplasty surgery. If you’d like more information on the various surgical options to treat your sagging or droopy eyelids, contact an experienced blepharoplasty surgeon in Beverly Hills today by calling (855) 360-9119.
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