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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid surgery, medically referred to as blepharoplasty, can be an ideal way of enhancing the areas around your eyes for a more youthful, refreshed appearance. Normal aging of the area around the eyes begins in the third decade of life. Excess skin and bags under the eyes often gives an individual a tired and sad look. Eyelid surgery can address the extra skin in both the upper and lower eyelids, as well as the fat protrusion that causes the shadowing and circles under the eyes. In women, applying makeup typically becomes much easier after the excess skin is removed from the upper eyelids, and most women notice that they no longer get the double eyeliner lines on their upper lids. In men, it can be a great method of rejuvenating that tired look in a very subtle way. Our Newport Beach plastic surgeon can help you attain your goals with natural-looking results.

What is Eyelid Surgery?

One of the first facial areas to show prominent signs of aging is around the eyes. Eyelid surgery, also known as an “eyelid lift,” is designed to address a number of common concerns that can affect both the upper and lower eyelid regions. This procedure is one of the most popular surgical cosmetic enhancement options in the U.S., and has helped both women and men effectively renew their appearance. Eyelid surgery can also serve a functional benefit for individuals who have limited visibility due to excess skin hanging over their eyes.

What Can Eyelid Surgery Do?

Eyelid surgery offers a number of benefits – particularly when performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Bayati, who is committed to creating results that look natural and not “overdone.” The potential advantages of eyelid surgery include:

  • Reduction of wrinkles surrounding the eyes
  • Removal of excess skin and the tightening of remaining skin for a smoother appearance
  • Reduction or repositioning of excess fat
  • Improvement of puffiness, under-eye bags, or dark circles in the lower eyelid regions
  • Reduction of excess skin in the upper eyelids to improve the field of vision

Who is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

The most ideal candidates for eyelid surgery are typically those who are in reasonably good overall health and have realistic expectations for the potential outcome of the procedure. Those who are experiencing excess skin and fat deposits around the eyes, wrinkles and signs of aging and exhaustion, a “hooding” effect over the eyes due to excess skin, bagginess or puffiness, and hollowed tear troughs are often good candidates for eyelid surgery.

Occasionally, when there is low positioning of the eyebrows, blepharoplasty alone will not correct the crowded appearance of the upper eyelid. In these cases, an endoscopic browlift might be necessary to obtain the full cosmetic benefit in the peri-orbital area. This is usually the first operation that is performed for facial rejuvenation in a person’s late thirties or early forties. Occasionally, some people have congenital bags under their eyes that are present even in their early twenties.

During your initial consultation with Dr. Bayati, she will perform a thorough evaluation and determine whether eyelid surgery is the best option for you. If so, Dr. Bayati will create a customized treatment plan designed to meet your goals with natural-looking results.

How is the Eyelid Surgery Procedure Performed?

Eyelid surgery can be performed utilizing a variety of techniques, depending on the best approach for your unique needs. Fortunately, both upper and lower eyelid surgery involve very discreet incisions and typically result in virtually undetectable scarring. The procedures are usually completed on an outpatient basis. Dr. Bayati can perform upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or both in a combined procedure.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

In most cases, upper eyelid surgery requires very small incisions placed in natural creases around the eyelid. Depending on your individual needs, Dr. Bayati can remove excess, inelastic skin, reduce or reposition excess fat, tighten underlying muscles, and pull the remaining skin taut for a smoother, more youthful aesthetic.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower eyelid surgery usually involves an incision made along the inside of the lower eyelash line. Dr. Bayati can then reposition or remove excess fat pockets, address dark circles or puffiness, eliminate excess skin, and give the region a smoother, more rested look.

What is Eyelid Surgery Recovery Like?

While the exact nature of the recovery process will vary based on each individual’s needs and overall treatment plan, there is usually only minimal downtime after this surgery. There will likely be some swelling and bruising around the eyes after the procedure; however, these effects typically resolve significantly in about one week, and can often be minimized with herbal medications provided to you before surgery, as well as icing after the procedure. Discomfort during recovery can also be alleviated with medication. Dr. Bayati will thoroughly go over what you can expect from the recovery process and provide you with detailed post-operative instructions.

Most individuals are able to resume normal daily activities within 7 to 10 days after eyelid surgery. The initial effects of the procedure should be immediately apparent and continue to improve after swelling subsides. The rejuvenative effects of eyelid surgery can last for many years as long as patients continue to protect their skin from ultraviolet rays and maintain healthy skin care regimens.

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?

The overall price of eyelid surgery is ultimately dependent on a variety of factors, including:

  • Whether the treatment is performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both of these areas
  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Operating facility and anesthesia fees
  • The geographic location of the practice
  • Whether the treatment is performed as part of a more comprehensive aesthetic enhancement makeover that includes other procedures, such as facelift, brow lift, injectable fillers, or other treatments.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Bayati will create a customized treatment plan and a member of our team will produce a total cost estimate. Our practice accepts a variety of payment methods, and we work with reputable plastic surgery financing companies that offer monthly payment plans to qualified applicants. While medical insurance does not typically cover cosmetic procedures, some policies may offer coverage for individuals who undergo eyelid surgery to correct a vision obstruction.

Eyelid surgery has helped both women and men enhance their appearance and feel great about the way they look. If you have questions about eyelid surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Semira Bayati, please contact us today.

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