The eyes are one of the most important features of the face and make a strong first impression. Eyelids that are droopy, swollen or sleepy-looking can detract from the vibrancy and beauty of the face, making us look tired, sad and older than our years. The eyelids naturally droop with age, but cosmetic surgery can help restore a more youthful, well-rested appearance. Eyelid surgery is a small operation which can have a huge impact on your appearance and self-esteem.
Excess eyelid tissue such as skin and fat are removed or re-positioned, and surrounding muscles and tendons may be reinforced. It can be both a functional and cosmetic surgery.
Blepharoplasty is surgical modification of the eyelid, but it does not address droopy eyebrows, crow’s feet or wrinkles. Many patients who wish to address the signs of aging opt to have several different procedures to improve their appearance or to achieve a more youthful look. Other surgical procedures which may be suggested by your surgeon include a brow- or facelift to correct the appearance of wrinkles or facial sagging.
Eyelid Surgery Candidacy
People who have hooded upper lids and saggy lower lids can expect to have the problem easily corrected. You are considered a good candidate for eyelid surgery if you are physically healthy, mentally stable, and have realistic expectations. Most patients who undergo the procedure are 35 or older.
Patients who opt for this procedure should ideally be physically healthy and well-informed about what eyelid surgery can achieve. Most patients who are good candidates for the procedure are at least 35 years old, but sometimes younger people with certain genetic factors causing eyelid drooping are considered. Certain patients are often excluded from blepharoplasty, such as people who have hypertension, hypothyroidism, heart disease, dry eyes, diabetes, glaucoma or Graves’ disease. Your facial anatomy may also affect your candidacy, including bone or supporting structures.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery is done by removing excess skin by making an incision at the natural crease around the eye. The invisible incision made behind the lower eyelid removes fatty tissue that creates bags under the eyes. The blepharoplasty procedure is commonly performed with external incisions created along the lines of the eyelids. Incisions can be created from the inside of the lower eyelid. By performing the procedure in this particular fashion, it allows the surgeon to remove the fat from the lower eyelid without any visible scarring.
The procedure usually takes 1-3 hours to be performed. Bruising and swelling may initially occur but, in most cases, will resolve in 1-2 weeks following surgery. It is important to note that it will take at least a few months until the final results are attained.
Blepharoplasty Pros and Cons
If you’ve been thinking about getting eyelid surgery, you probably have a lot of questions about what it can and cannot do for you. Some of the information you’ve been given may lead you to ask whether you should go through with it because of the pros and cons associated with the procedure.
During the healing process after blepharoplasty, it’s important to follow the instructions provided by your surgeon in order to achieve the best possible cosmetic results. These instructions will include information about:
- Eye cleaning
- Cold compresses
- Lubricating eye drops
- Elevation of the head
- No makeup
- No alcoholic beverages
- No prolonged viewing of TV or any other screens
- No contact lenses
Stitches will be removed after about 7 days after surgery, and bruising and swelling is to be expected during your healing period. You should wear sunglasses and sunblock to minimize any complications and to protect the eyes and eyelids. You will be able to return to your normal activities after about 10 days.
Here are some of the pros and cons of eyelid surgery to consider before committing to going through with the surgery.
Pros and Cons
Eyelid surgery can improve the appearance of drooping upper lids and puffy bags under your eyes. These features make you look older, tired, or angry, and can even interfere with your vision. Some of the conditions which can be corrected though eyelid surgery include:
- Excess skin around the natural fold of the upper lids
- Loose skin which can impair vision
- Puffy upper eyelids, which can make you look tired
- Lower eyelid droopiness
- Eyelid surgery can be performed in conjunction with other facial surgeries in the same procedure, such as a facelift or browlift.
All surgery has inherent risks, and you will learn all of the potential risks and complications associated with eyelid surgery during your consultations. You will be required to sign consent forms to ensure you fully understand what can potentially happen as a result of your eyelid surgery. Risks include but are not limited to the following:
- Hematoma (blood accumulation under the skin, requiring removal)
- Changes in sensation
- Damage to underlying structures
- Need for revision
- Unsatisfactory results
- Eye dryness or irritation requiring treatment
- Impaired eyelid function requiring additional surgery
- The total cost for eyelid surgery in Los Angeles, including the fees for the plastic surgeon, anesthesiologist, and facility fee, ranges between $2,600 to 6,000. Health insurance does not pay for the cost of an eyelid lift, because it is an elective procedure. Financing options are available for patients who wish to make monthly payments.
- Eyelid surgery does not remove crow’s feet, wrinkles, dark circles under your eyes or lift sagging eyebrows. Other procedures can correct these conditions, such as Botox, chemical peels, facelift, browlift, or laser resurfacing.
As your eyelids heal, you may find yourself experiencing some discomfort which affects eye lubrication and vision, which may persist for the first few days after your procedure. The eyes may be swollen and red during this time period. Other specific risks to eyelid surgery include:
- Difficulty closing the eyes
- Ectropion: a condition where the lower eyelids appear to be pulled down, which can necessitate a revision eyelid surgery
- Asymmetry of the eyes
Your New Look
Depending on how quickly you heal, you should be able to return to your normal activities after five to seven days. The techniques used for eyelid surgery at West Medical are minimally-invasive, generally leading to quicker recovery and quicker results. You may have slightly swelling and bruising apparent, but after two weeks this should be completely gone and you should be very pleased with your results. Your eyes will seem wider, more expressive, and you may appear friendlier and well-rested compared to how you looked before. Barring any complications, you can expect excellent cosmetic results that will take years off your face.
Eyelid surgery can significantly enhance the appearance of your entire face. Are you ready for results that are both beautiful and effective? If you are considering eyelid surgery in Los Angeles, please call West Medical to set up your first consultation with one of our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons! Call (855) 690-0565 today!
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