Why Eyelid Surgery is So Popular

As you age, the skin on your face thins and stretches. Unfortunately, your eyes aren’t exempt from this, so the effects of time hit your eyelids too. Droopy upper and baggy lower eyelids are, for most people, strictly an aesthetic concern, but for some, loose skin on the upper lids creates a barrier that interferes with their field of vision.

Eyelid surgery, formally called blepharoplasty, addresses both upper and lower lids as needed to correct both vision impairment and tired-looking eyes. A straightforward plastic surgery featuring well-hidden scars, blepharoplasty combines well with other procedures to freshen up your face with alert and youthful eyes.

Dr. Roya Dardashti at Diamond Surgical Institute in Encino, California is an eyelid surgery specialist, offering years of education and experience to all her patients. She can provide you with all the information you need to decide whether upper and/or lower blepharoplasty is right for you. 

A popular choice

Of the most-chosen plastic surgery procedures, blepharoplasty places fourth, behind breast augmentation and liposuction, and virtually tied with nose shaping (rhinoplasty). More than 200,000 people choose to surgically improve the look of their eyelids each year.

Excess skin that droops from your upper eyelids can sometimes make you look sleepy even when you’re well rested, and sometimes there’s enough skin to block your peripheral vision, typically on the sides. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty could therefore be elective cosmetic surgery or a medically necessary procedure to restore vision. A field of vision test can determine the medical necessity of the procedure.

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty removes excess skin and fat deposits from underneath your eyes, removing puffiness and bags and further enhancing your naturally alert appearance. Lower lid procedures are strictly cosmetic surgeries.

The surgical process

Every blepharoplasty procedure is customized to the patient’s individual needs. The skin of the eyelids is delicate, thinner than anywhere else on the body, but that’s a good thing when it comes to surgery. Incisions on both lids typically hide well in the natural folds of your eyes. Lower lid blepharoplasty may even feature an incision inside the lid for a virtually invisible result.

You can match your blepharoplasty to your aesthetic goals, choosing upper lid surgery, lower lid surgery, or both. Both upper and lower blepharoplasties combine with procedures such as face lifts, brow lifts, and skin resurfacing. The surgery itself is usually a short outpatient procedure, lasting between 45 minutes and two hours, depending on your eyelids and any additional procedures you combine with it.

Post-surgery recovery

Contemporary blepharoplasty procedures generally don’t require bandages after surgery, though you’ll likely have an eye lubricant that blurs your vision for a day or two afterwards. Plan to have music or audiobooks ready for your initial recovery period when it’s harder to use visual media.

You’ll experience bruising and swelling in the first week or two after surgery, but pain isn’t common. Most patients describe their experience as soreness rather than pain. Cold compresses minimize swelling, while elevating your head assists the natural drainage that speeds healing.

You’ll follow up with Dr. Roya, but most patients return to work in 10 to 14 days. The team at Diamond Surgical Institute can help you with any questions you have both before and after surgery. Contact us today to schedule your initial eyelid surgery consultation, by phone at 818-528-2559 or with our online form.

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