Eyes tell our story. They can share what we are feeling and thinking without ever saying a word.
— Dr. Mark Anton, Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
Our eyes can also give away our age or make us appear older than we actually are. Drooping eyelids are a sign of aging that can often occur on men and women for various reasons. In some cases, the structure of the facial profile falling position of the brow or the way fat develops around the face can cause this to occur.
For many patients, it can be a source of distress, as it may cause them to feel older than they are or appear constantly tired. Drooping eyelids can also impair your ability to optimally apply makeup and may even impact vision or your ability to see clearly.
A blepharoplasty procedure is an excellent option for patients who struggle with signs of aging in the eyes or simply want to refresh their appearance and reduce the appearance of excess in the upper or lower lids. Many patients who undergo the procedure report feeling rejuvenated and seeing a brighter expression on their faces. It is also popular to combine a blepharoplasty procedure with other facial surgery, such as an endoscopic brow lift, a mid-face lift, neck liposuction, or fillers.
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In general, cosmetic surgery is an excellent solution for men and women who want to alter, change, or correct certain features on the body and face.
Facial plastic surgery procedures like blepharoplasty, are especially popular among adults, starting in their 30s and, who want to address signs of aging, including folds, wrinkles, sagging skin, and more.
Upper and lower blepharoplasties are procedures that address the upper and lower eyelids but are often combined with other surgeries like a facelift, neck liposuction, fat transfer to the cheeks, or brow lift. Eligible candidates for the procedure include men and women who are in good general health.
It is advised patients work to quit smoking or drinking in excess before planning to get cosmetic surgery like blepharoplasty, as this can increase your chance of surgical complications and risks. The best way to determine if eyelid cosmetic surgery or other facial procedures are appropriate for you is by scheduling a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Mark Anton of Aesthetics MD in Newport Beach.
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to remove the excess skin and fat from the upper & lower eyelids. Generally, eyelids are one of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging. Most commonly, an appropriate candidate for blepharoplasty has one or more of the following concerns:
Although adjacent anatomy, upper and lower eyelid procedures are actually quite different. Upper blepharoplasty is one of the simplest and most predictable surgeries in the body, in that risks can be kept very low aesthetic results can be optimized.
The lower eyelid is different in that the eyelid margin with the eyelashes is essentially a sling between fixed points that cannot tolerate any tension resulting from the lower lid procedure or it will frame the iris/pupil differently. Great surgical care needs to be taken to improve the lax skin without creating undue tension. In addition, the lower lid fat bulges often with a furrow just below these bulges (runs along the bony orbital rim) need to be surgically modified.
If the furrow is not significant, then the bulges can just be carefully removed (but not too much creating a hollow appearance). Usually, the furrow is present and therefore the eyeball fatty bulges are not removed, but carefully repositioned into the furrow to fill out the depression along the orbital rim and simultaneously removing the bulges.
This procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia in an accredited outpatient facility and takes about 2 hours for upper and lower eyelids. This can also be performed with local and sedation. Incisions are strategically placed along the crease of the upper eyelid and along the lash line on the lower eyelids, so they are well hidden. Sutures are removed 7 days after surgery. Once the incisions have healed, scars are virtually invisible.
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Planning a convenient time to have eyelid surgery is usually the most difficult part of the process for the patient.
It is ideal to plan this procedure approximately eight weeks or more (the more time the better) before an important event like a wedding, holiday or reunion. Almost all bruising and swelling subsides within 2-3 weeks.
If you have a specific schedule to adhere to, consider planning the procedure during your off time to reduce any time away from responsibilities like work and social commitments. Certain activities will also be restricted, so you should consider how your movements may be limited and plan accordingly to ensure the most comfortable recovery process possible.
Downtime can be the biggest challenge to surgery patients, especially those with a busy schedule. It is important to honor the body’s healing period and follow the doctor’s post-operative orders which include abstaining from any activity that raises your heart rate or blood pressure for two weeks following surgery such as:
During your consultation, Dr. Anton will address your areas of concern and educate you on the procedure. This step is extremely important, as it will give your surgeon the opportunity to perform a medical exam and review any relevant history that may affect your ability to safely undergo this cosmetic surgery.
Bringing your records or reviewing them beforehand to get any relevant information can also help streamline the process. Any allergies, medications, or history of certain diseases - notably thyroid problems, Graves’ disease, dry eyes, high blood pressure, circulatory disorders, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease - should consult a doctor as well as their surgeon before considering blepharoplasty.
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Most patients wake from surgery feeling tired and groggy. Slight bruising and swelling will occur immediately after surgery and gradually subside throughout the healing process. It is normal for the eyes to feel tight.
Patients find eyelid surgery to be one of the least painful surgeries, and any mild discomfort and minimal pain is easily managed with prescription medications. Most patients feel their eyelid surgery was less painful than anticipated and may discontinue their pain medication after 4 to 5 days if needed.
As with all surgery, a patient should not do anything exertional that might increase one’s blood pressure in the first 2-3 weeks postoperatively, as that can increase the odds of creating a postoperative hematoma. Hematomas (collection of blood that often requires drainage) are never desirable. Exercise may resume after three to four weeks with doctor’s approval.
Most people return to work within 7-10 days after surgery. Camouflage makeup can be worn under the eyes to disguise bruising the day after surgery so long as the incision lines are avoided until after the sutures are removed. Women may apply eyeliner and eyeshadow once the sutures have been removed and healed, generally 7-10 days after surgery.
Schedule a Consultation for Eyelid Surgery in Newport Beach, CA
Are you ready to take the plunge and discover a whole new you when you look in the mirror? AestheticsMD can help. Board-certified plastic surgeon Mark A. Anton MD, FACS, leads our facility, who - together with our remarkable staff - offer high-quality cosmetic enhancements to the men and women that reside in and around Newport Beach, CA.
To schedule a blepharoplasty consultation at our facility, or to learn more about our plastic surgery services, call us today at 949.430.7394.
In most cases, cosmetic surgery procedures like facial enhancements are considered elective procedures. As such, insurance does not cover them. If the procedure is part of a reconstructive attempt to eliminate excess upper eyelid skin obstructing vision or to correct trauma due to genetic defects, injury, or other medical conditions, you may be eligible for coverage via an insurance provider.
Aesthetics MD is an out of network provider so if you think your procedure may be covered by insurance, we advise you to review your benefits before scheduling your consultation. To accommodate the needs of all our patients, AestheticsMD offers financing solutions and accepts various major credit cards, including American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.
A few days after surgery, you will immediately notice an improvement in the appearance of your eyes. You will look younger, more alert, and less tired. Removing excess skin from the upper lids opens the eyes, making your entire face appear more youthful. Removing bags and wrinkles from the lower lids dramatically improves the signs of facial aging.
Natural results are the mark of any good plastic surgery procedure. Dr. Anton tells patients that no one should be able to tell if someone has had plastic surgery. All they should notice is that someone looks refreshed, the way you would after a long vacation. Your eyes will not change shape and you will still look like yourself. Changes from blepharoplasty are subtle but make a dramatic impact on your overall appearance and improving the signs of facial aging.
Please note that blepharoplasty surgery does not address the ‘crows feet’ wrinkles or the vertical 11 lines between the eyebrows, but a neuromodulator like Botox does!
The results of blepharoplasty will vary slightly for each patient, for their unique needs, facial structure, and extent of treatment. The reason for eyelid surgery may also vary, as some patients may be predisposed to the condition while others begin to develop it in later years.
Ultimately, the results of your facial surgery will vary with the approach determined by Dr. Anton. Some patients will opt to have excess fat and tissue removed from both the upper and lower lid, while others need less correction to achieve their desired results. In general, patients can expect to have a more alert and refreshed facial expression and appearance.
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