Eyelid Blepharoplasty Plastic Surgery in Culver City, CA
Eyes are the window to the soul – it’s an age old saying, and it couldn’t be truer. We express all of our emotions with our eyes, so it’s important they look great and function well. As we age, eyelids can droop or sag and the fat pads above and below the eyes become more prominent. This can cause a tired or less youthful appearance, as well as reducing your vision due to excess skin, and even cause irritation on your eyelids from skin rubbing together, all of which isn’t ideal.
One solution to this is a blepharoplasty eyelid surgery, which we perform at our office in Culver City, CA. This article will outline everything you need to know about a blepharoplasty, and get you started on your journey to youthful, healthy eyes.
A blepharoplasty can be performed on the lower and/or upper eyelids, and the results and process will differ depending on the route you choose. Both of these procedures will be performed under general anaesthesia.
During an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, an incision is made the crease of the eyelid, through which excess fat can be removed, muscles can be tightened, and loose skin can be removed, leaving the eyelid appropriately tight and even.
For a lower eyelid blepharoplasty, the incision can be made just below the lower lash line, through which fat and excess skin can be taken. Alternately, an incision can be made on the inside of the eyelid, known as a transconjunctival incision. Please note that only fat be removed if you opt for this route, and no skin can be taken. The decision on which option to choose will be based on what your surgeon deems as being needed, as well as cosmetic outcomes.
Candidates for Blepharoplasty
A blepharoplasty might be a good option for you if you have one or more of the following:
- Sagging upper eyelids
- Too much skin on the upper eyelids which is causing vision problems
- Sagging lower eyelids which are exposing more of the eye than is desirable
- Bags under the eyes
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These issues can cause dry eyes, vision problems and skin irritation secondary to the cosmetic concerns. All of these can be corrected by a blepharoplasty. A blepharoplasty will not correct crows’ feet or other wrinkles surrounding the eyes, although of course these can be corrected in other ways that are happy to advise.
What are Blepharoplasty results like?
The results will vary depending on which route is taken. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty’s incision is made in the crease of the upper eyelid, which conceals the scar well and will result in an almost invisible surgical scar.
A lower eyelid blepharoplasty using the lower lash line incision placement might result in a slightly more visible scar, but our surgeons will use many techniques and recommend post-surgical healing regimes to minimize this. A transconjunctival incision will be invisible, as the incision is made on the inside of the eyelid.
For both of these types of blepharoplasty, you can expect a smoother, tighter, more youthful eye shape once the swelling has gone down.
Preparing for a Blepharoplasty
Prior to having your blepharoplasty done, you will need to have a consultation with one of our skilled surgeons to figure out the best type of blepharoplasty for your concerns. At this time, the surgeon will discuss with you what outcomes you can expect to achieve from the procedure.
As with any surgical procedure, it is advisable to quit smoking at least one month beforehand to improve healing. Eat well, stay hydrated and exercise to promote good blood flow and skin health. Make sure to discuss any medications or supplements you are taking with your surgeon.
Blepharoplasty recovery process
After your blepharoplasty, it is normal for there to be swelling and bruising. We recommend use of ice packs to reduce swelling. It’s also a good idea to sleep with your head elevated to reduce swelling further.
While you should avoid any strenuous exercise for at least a week after your procedure, gentle walking is a great way to promote healing.
We will likely provide you with antibiotic ointment and eye drops to prevent infection and irritation in the eye area. You should also wear sunglasses as your eyes will be sensitive to sun, wind, and dust for around 2 weeks afterwards.
Overall, you can expect to return to normal functioning about 10 days after your blepharoplasty if your surgeon has cleared you to do so.
Visit True Jewel For Your Eyelid Pleapharoplasty plastic surgery in Culver City, CA
A blepharoplasty is a procedure performed on the upper and/or lower eyelid to reduce sagging, excess fat and the irritation associated with this. The surgery will leave minimal visible scarring and has a straightforward recovery. Our surgeons are happy to answer any and all questions you might have about a blepharoplasty, to help you make the right choice.
At True Jewel Cosmetic Surgery, we strive to provide the best care and experience to all of our clients. Please visit our website to book in a free consultation, or visit our office in Culver City, CA to get book in person. We look forward to welcoming you!