Long Beach Blepharoplasty
Southern California Plastic Surgery Group
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, corrects baggy, drooping, and puffy upper and lower eyelids.
The eyes are the first thing we notice when we meet someone. They speak volumes about our age, emotions, and health. The condition of our eyelids can signal youth, health, and happiness or can make us appear tired, old, or unhappy. Drooping lids can even impair vision.
Eyelid surgery removes excess fat and skin from the eyelids. You can choose to have surgery on your upper lids, lower lids, or both. Upper eyelid surgery can eliminate droopiness, and give your eyes a more open and visible look. Lower eyelid surgery can remove puffiness and bags from under your eyes.
Eyelid surgery does not remove crow’s feet or lift sagging eyebrows, but it can be performed in conjunction with procedures which will correct these problems.
Men and women of any age, who are psychologically stable and in good overall health are good candidates for eyelid surgery. Most patients are 35 years old or older, but younger people often have eyelid surgery if their eyelids droop or they have bags under their eyes for genetic reasons.
Risk of complication
If you have a medical condition which affects your eyes, the surgery may not be appropriate for you. Some of the conditions which may elevate the risk of complications are:
- Thyroid problems
- Dry eyes
- Circulatory disorders
- A detached retina
Talk to your ophthalmologist about the safety of eyelid surgery if you have any of these or other eye problems.
During your initial consultation Dr. Hicks will review your medical history and test your vision and tear production. If you wear glasses or contact lenses you should bring them to the consultation.
You and Dr. Hicks will discuss your goals in having the surgery. He will explain all your options, answer any questions you may have, and recommend the procedure or combination of procedures which will be best for you.
Blepharoplasty is performed under local anesthesia and a sedative.
Dr. Hicks will mark the incision sites, which will follow the natural lines of your eyelids.
- The skin is separated from the fatty tissue and muscle
- Excess fat is removed and sagging muscle and skin is trimmed
- The incisions are closed with fine stitches
- The procedure normally takes about one to three hours.
After surgery your eyes will feel tight and sore. Dr. Hicks will prescribe pain medication to minimize any discomfort.
- You should sleep at a 45 degree angle for several days and use a cold compress to minimize bruising and swelling.
- Dr. Hicks will instruct you on how to safely clean your eyes, and which eye drops are safe to use.
- Your stitches will be removed two days to a week after surgery.
- You will be able to wear corrective lenses about two weeks after surgery.
- About one week to ten days after surgery you will be able to cover bruising with makeup. It may take several weeks for bruising to fully disappear, and during this time you may experience excessive tearing, sensitivity, and some visual distortions.
- You must wear sunglasses and sun block formulated for the eyelids for several weeks.
- You should avoid strenuous activity for about three weeks.