Los Angeles Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty in Palos Verdes, CA
As people age, their eyelid skin loses elasticity while the contained muscles thicken and weaken. The fat that serves as a shock absorber around the eyeball starts to bulge through weakened ligaments around the eyes, causing the appearance of bags or even festoons. Eyelid lift surgery, or blepharoplasty, is designed to rejuvenate the eyes by redistributing fat, trimming excess skin, and tightening and sometimes debulking the muscles for a refreshed appearance.
Dr. Boyd has over 30 years of experience in plastic surgery, and he helps many patients from the South Bay, Palos Verdes Peninsula, and Los Angeles rejuvenate their eyes with blepharoplasty.
What Can Eyelid Surgery Treat?
Drooping Upper Eyelids
Drooping eyelid tissue can hang over the eyes and block a person’s peripheral vision. This vision impairment can be corrected by eliminating excess skin and tightening the remaining tissues.
Bulging fat and excess tissue can be repositioned and/or removed to eliminate bags and puffiness in the eyelids. This produces a more flattering eyelid contour that allows you to appear more alert and rested.
Wrinkles Around the Eyes
The thin skin around the eyes is often the first area of the face to develop fine lines and wrinkles. Blepharoplasty trims and tightens the skin to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance.
What is the Blepharoplasty Process?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Boyd discusses your detailed medical history and examines your facial anatomy. This process helps him diagnose your specific problems and determine which combination of procedures can best address them. Any pre-existing medical conditions are appropriately controlled to minimize risks during surgery. During this time, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and express your desires and concerns to Dr. Boyd.
Your anesthesia options are discussed with Dr. Boyd during your consultation to determine which method of sedation works best for you. Local anesthesia is commonly used to provide a comfortable and safe procedure and permits the patient to cooperate with eyelid positioning.
As we age, we develop hooding in the upper eyelids and wrinkles in the lower eyelids. The fat that normally surrounds and cushions the eyeball can bulge as the retaining tissues become lax. These developments can cause a patient to look old and tired, even when fully rested.
Some patients have ptosis (sagging), where the upper lid at rest is positioned lower than it should be. This is caused by the eye-opening muscle becoming stretched. Ptosis may interfere with vision when the upper lid cannot be elevated above the pupil. Basic blepharoplasty will not correct this concern; it must be combined with a specific ptosis operation.
Other problems include dry eyes, lax lower eyelids, ectropion (where the lower eyelid turns out and hangs away from the eyeball), and entropion (where it turns inwards, rubbing the eyelashes uncomfortably against the eye). These problems also must be considered and addressed before surgery.
Addressing and resolving these issues requires complex methods and must be tailored to the needs of the individual patient. Like most plastic surgery procedures, there is no such thing as one operation that fits all; each blepharoplasty must be customized to meet the patient’s needs.
Incisions are most commonly made along the natural creases of the upper eyelids and either just below the lower eyelash line or through the inside of the lower eyelids.
After healing, your upper eyelids should no longer droop, and the skin under your eyes should be smoother, wrinkle free, and more youthful.
Addressing Your Concerns
Your recovery after blepharoplasty may involve minor swelling, bruising, and sensitivity. Bandages are not used, and sutures are removed within one week. Bruising and swelling should resolve within two weeks.
Scarring after blepharoplasty is usually undetectable, as the incisions are made along the natural lines or structures of your eyes.
Every blepharoplasty procedure is different, so there is no set cost. Each addition or technique is considered, and then a cost estimate is provided during the consultation.
Discomfort is minimal, can be relieved with prescription medications, and is usually gone after a few days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Patients who are concerned with wrinkles, sagging skin, and/or excess fat around their eyes may benefit from eyelid surgery. It is important to maintain realistic expectations for the results as well as be free of any medical conditions that could hinder the success of your procedure. If you are considering blepharoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr. Boyd to discuss your options.
Dr. Boyd will provide pre- and post-operative care instructions to prepare you for your surgical procedure and recovery process. Arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery.
It can take between 45 minutes and two hours to complete the procedure. The length of surgery depends on what needs to be done in your particular case.
Your eyes should appear youthful and refreshed with less sagging, bulging, and wrinkling. Bags under your eyes should significantly resolve and reveal a bright, alert look.
Your results can be more or less permanent, especially if you adopt healthy skincare and diet habits. The skin and fat removed during surgery are definitively eliminated; however, the natural aging process will still be experienced. This is usually confined to the skin. Unlike facelift surgery, blepharoplasty rarely needs to be redone.
The price of eyelid surgery varies depending on the techniques used, amount of correction needed, anesthesia, medications, and other factors. Dr. Boyd can determine the cost of your eyelid surgery during a consultation.