Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty
Your eyelids frame your beautiful eyes and can impact how the world views your appearance. Droopy upper eyelids can make you look tired or lazy. Puffy bags under your lower eyelids can make you appear older and exhausted. Upper & lower blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can restore firmer eyelids for a rejuvenated appearance. Dr. John Anastasatos at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery offers intricate eyelid lifts for upper and lower eyelids at our clinic in Beverly Hills.
The skin on the eyelids is the thinnest on the body. This delicate skin is prone to stretching and sagging. Years of rubbing your eyes, blinking and applying makeup, along with exposure to UV rays and normal aging, impacts the eyelid skin. Plus, genetic factors can have an impact on firmness of the skin. Eye bags, dark circles, puffy eyes and drooping lids can all impact your eyes and appearance. With blepharoplasty, excess skin and fat can be removed, and the skin reformed on the upper and lower eyelids to create the eye appearance you desire.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
An upper eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, removes the folds created by the extra sagging skin. The incision is strategically placed in the upper eyelid crease, which effectively hides the scar. The other main goal of upper eyelid surgery is to create a beautiful eyelid fold or crease. Upper eyelid surgery for Asian populations entails the creation of a supratarsal upper eyelid fold as well. The healing time is only a few days, and the recovery is virtually painless. Most of the swelling takes two weeks to settle.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid surgery is more complex than upper eyelid surgery. The goal of lower eyelid surgery is fourfold:
- To remove the excess saggy eyelid skin and tighten it.
- To remove the excess saggy muscle of the lower eyelid called the orbicularis and tighten it. Tightening of the lower eyelid muscle supports the lid, which becomes lax with age and offers youthful eyelid shape. In some people, the lower eyelid muscle is hypertrophic and thickened. This condition is called a festoon. Festoons can also be corrected with lower eyelid surgery.
- To remove excess eyelid fat and/or reposition it.
- Remove the dark circles.
The combination of upper and lower eyelid surgery together may yield better results. In many cases, Dr. Anastasatos will do the upper and lower eyelids together with the endoscopic brow lift. The combination of these surgeries creates an amazing rejuvenation of the eyes. The surgery can be done under local anesthesia, local with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on patient choice.
The sutures are removed after seven days. Patients are encouraged to wear sunglasses, as they tend to get more sunlight after eyelid surgery.
Removal of Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes
Two of the main concerns that impact the eyes are dark circles or puffiness of the eyes. Both can be impacted by the tiny blood vessels that are abundant under the very thin skin of the eyelids. When blepharoplasty is performed, these blood vessels can be minimized. On top of reducing excess skin and fat on the eyelids, some of the blood vessels may be removed to reduce dark circles or puffiness of the eyelids.
A few medical conditions can make having the blepharoplasty procedure riskier. They include thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism and Graves’ disease, dry eye or lack of sufficient tears, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. A detached retina or glaucoma is also reason for caution. Check with your ophthalmologist before you have surgery.
If you want refreshed and rejuvenated eyes, contact us at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills today to schedule a consultation to learn more about eyelid lift surgery. We offer upper and lower blepharoplasty performed by our highly skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. John Anastasatos.