The eyes are perhaps the most captivating part of the body, being that they often communicate the first signs of thought and expression. Unfortunately, as we get older, various factors combined with the natural aging process negatively affect the skin and muscles surrounding the eyes. This not only causes people to look older than they really are, but it also makes them feel less confident about their physical appearance.
To effectively restore a youthful look to the eye area, many women and men decide to undergo blepharoplasty. Commonly known as “eyelid surgery,” this procedure improves the appearance of the eyes by addressing the signs of aging in the upper and/or lower eyelids.
At his Newport Beach practice, Dr. Terry Dubrow regularly performs blepharoplasty to correct one or more of the following conditions:
- Sagging upper eyelids (impaired vision)
- Drooping lower eyelids
- Wrinkles around the eye area
- Excess fat deposits (puffy eyelids)
Candidates for Blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery is most effective on individuals who are in good overall health and choose to undergo surgery for themselves, not to fulfill someone else’s desires.
Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are:
- Free of any serious eye conditions
- Realistic about the results of the procedure
Eyelid surgery is performed at our state-of-the-art facility on an outpatient basis to ensure a safe and effective outcome. The severity of each patient’s condition will determine if both the upper and lower eyelids need improvement. The entire procedure is performed under either local or general anesthesia and takes between one to three hours to complete, depending on the number of eyelids needing correction.
An incision is made in the natural fold of the upper eyelid where excess skin is removed and fat deposits are resculpted. After the upper eyelid muscles are repositioned, the incision is closed.
An incision is made just below the lash line to remove excess skin and fat. In most instances, another incision is placed inside of the lower eyelid to diminish puffiness under the eyes. Once the lower eyelid muscles are repositioned, the incisions are closed.
Because all of the incisions are made inconspicuously in the folds and creases of the eyelids, patients do not have to worry about scars being noticeable after treatment.
Recovery from Blepharoplasty
Bandages and lubricating ointment will be applied to the eye area after the procedure is finished. Prescribed medication and cold compresses may also be used to reduce discomfort and swelling that exists during the first few days. Although most patients return to work about a week after treatment, any strenuous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks.
Results of Blepharoplasty
Even though the final look will not be immediately apparent after eyelid surgery, the overall effects of eyelid surgery are expected to last for years to come. To maintain long-lasting results, it is important to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day.
To schedule your personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Terry J. Dubrow, please call (949) 515-4111 or fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Dubrow has years of facial plastic surgery experience and is well-admired by many physicians and patients all over Orange County for his ability to provide excellent results. He looks forward to seeing you soon!