Simply put, a blepharoplasty is a surgical term that includes several procedures aimed at improving the look of the lower and upper lid region of the eye. Itís quickly becoming one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed today.
When surgery is done on the upper lid, itís usually to eliminate excess fatty deposits that cause the eyes to puff up. Skin that stretches and begins to droop can reduce a patientís visual field, but patients who suffer from visual loss due to droopy eyelids can recover most if not all of their vision from having blepharoplasty.
The lower-lid surgeries usually correct bags under the eyes, as well as droopy lower lids.
Eyelid rejuvenation consists of blepharoplasty in conjunction with fat and other fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, to replenish the lost volume and improve the eye-area hollows that come with aging.
Younique Cosmetic Surgery offers full-service eyelid rejuvenation. Because of individual circumstances unique to each case, itís impossible to determine which procedure or combination of procedures will be needed until you have your consultation with the doctor. During your blepharoplasty consult in Los Angeles, all of your options will be thoroughly explained and discussed with you.
Upper-eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure done in the doctorís office and only takes a couple of hours. An incision is made in the natural crease of the eyelid, fatty and excess tissue is removed, and one fine stitch is used to close the tiny wound.
Dr. Mark Youssef believes in using dermal fillers such as Juvťderm® or Restylane® or your own body fat to replenish the lost volume around the eyes. When used in conjunction with the lower-lid blepharoplasty, the signs of tiredness and aging can disappear. This combined approach tends to help avoid the operated look.
The procedure for the lower-eyelid procedure is done on an outpatient basis in our office and takes only one to two hours. Itís done with a local anesthetic. Fatty tissue is removed via the inside part of the eyelid so that no external visible scar is created. The skin is then tightened using CO2 laser resurfacing. Excess skin is removed through the incision, and a tiny absorbable stitch is placed to close the incision.
Recovery generally takes five to six days. During the first few days of healing, you may experience some swelling, bruising, dry eyes, or discomfort. Cold compresses along with medication will control any pain you may have. Keep the incision site clean and dry and apply ointment as directed by your doctor. Many patients report returning to work within one week.
It will take several weeks to see the full results of your eyelid surgery, and up to a year for the incision scar to fade away. But your results should last for many years.
There are potential risks associated with every surgical procedure. You will be fully informed of the potential risks to your health by your doctor during your consultation. Heíll discuss the details of a blepharoplasty with you and help you decide if the benefits outweigh the risks.
Side effects are usually mild and only last a short period of time. These risks includeóbut are not limited toóblurred or impaired vision, dry eyes, difficulty closing your eyes, bleeding (hematoma), poor wound healing, and infection, as well as numbness and changes in skin sensation around the eyes.
Non-surgical eye rejuvenation or volume replacement can improve small bags and dark circles under the eyes. Either a dermal filler or your own body fat is used for the procedure. Fat is better if a lot of volume has been lost; injecting it into your face around the eyes will help achieve a natural and rejuvenated look.