Types of Blepharoplasty
Patients frequently present with the complaint that they look “tired”. Often this is the result of excess skin and fat around the eyes. This can be corrected with an Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty involves removal of skin and fat through incisions that are easily hidden. With an Upper Bleph, the incision is hidden in the Supratarsal Crease which is located 4-5 mm above the lash line. With an Asian Blepharoplasty, it is often necessary to create a supratarsal crease. With a Lower Bleph, the fat is either removed from within the eyelid (Transconjuctival Approach) or from an external approach (Subcilliary Approach). Extra skin from the lower eyelid is removed with a Subcilliary Incision. Laser tightening alone may be sufficient to correct minimal skin laxity of the lower lid.
What Can Eyelid Surgery Treat?
Has the passage of time robbed your eyes of their once youthful and energetic appearance? If so, you are not alone. The eyelids are one of the most common areas of concern among individuals who wish to look younger and more beautiful. While skin care products and non-surgical cosmetic treatments may work for a while, they cannot produce the long-lasting effects that eyelid surgery can. Also known as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery corrects droopy upper eyelids, puffy under-eye bags and lines on the lower eyelids. When carefully planned and performed by a skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeon, eyelid surgery can turn tired, aged eyes into bright and energetic ones. And the effects of eyelid surgery are not limited to just the eyes. Following the procedure, your entire facial appearance will look younger and brighter.
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Are You a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
You may be a suitable candidate for eyelid surgery if you have:
- Excess skin that hangs over the upper eyelids, even to the point that it impairs vision
- Weakened eyelid muscles that cause drooping
- Displaced fat deposits that cause the lower or upper lids to look puffy
- Fine lines and wrinkles on the lower eyelids
- Under-eye bags and dark circles
Your eyelid surgery will be tailored to meet your needs. Depending on your aesthetic concerns and goals, your procedure may treat the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. Our team may also recommend combining eyelid surgery with another facial rejuvenation procedure such as facelift. Facelift addresses various signs on the middle and lower facial areas. When combined, eyelid and facelift surgeries can produce the most comprehensive facial rejuvenation results. Our team will make their professional recommendations for you during your initial consultation.
Eyelid surgery is typically an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
During upper eyelid surgery, tiny incisions will be made in the natural crease lines to avoid visible scarring. Excess fat, skin and tissue are removed as needed. The remaining tissue and fat will be re-sculpted and repositioned to create a lifted, smooth and natural-looking appearance. If necessary, lax muscles will be tightened to restore a clear line of vision.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid surgery is made using incisions made underneath the lower lash line. Fatty deposits are removed and redistributed as needed and the skin on the lower eyelids is pulled taut. Once completed, the incisions will be closed with sutures.
The initial recovery time for eyelid surgery can range from one to two weeks, depending on your personal healing progress. During this time, you will need to rest with your head elevated as much as possible. Our team will provide you with a detailed list of instructions for you to follow during your recovery. We will also meet with you for follow-up appointments regularly to ensure you are healing safely and quickly.
Brian Reagan, MD, FACS
Dr. Brian Reagan is a board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of True Beauty San Diego Aesthetic Surgery & Medicine. Dr. Reagan is renowned for his surgical skills and commitment to patient satisfaction. Dr. Reagan has been featured on local media outlets, including ABC 10, and recognized as one of the “Best Plastic Surgeons in San Diego” by San Diego Magazine, and “Best Plastic Surgeons in La Jolla” by La Jolla Light Newspaper.
Can eyelid surgery be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures?
Yes, eyelid surgery can be combined with various facial rejuvenation procedures to produce superior results. It is frequently combined with brow lift to address a “hooded” eye appearance worsened by a heavy and sagging brow. Eyelid surgery can also be combined with facelift to simultaneously address signs of aging on the upper, middle and lower regions of the face. In some cases, combining eyelid surgery with rhinoplasty can enhance facial harmony. Non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, dermal fillers and Botox can also be used to complement the results of eyelid surgery.
Dr. Reagan will explore all options with you and help you select the treatment plan that achieves the best results.
How long before blepharoplasty final results are seen?
The initial results of eyelid surgery will be apparent once the majority of swelling and bruising have subsided (typically one to two weeks after surgery). However, it can take up to a year for residual swelling to dissipate and the final results of the procedure to become visible.
How long will my blepharoplasty results last?
The results of eyelid surgery can last for many years. Living a healthy lifestyle, not smoking, using the right skin care products and using sun protection can prolong the results of eyelid surgery.
Will blepharoplasty scars be visible?
Dr. Reagan plans the incisions for eyelid surgery carefully to minimize the amount of post-operative scarring. Typically, upper eyelid incisions are made in the natural crease of the eyelid while the incisions for the lower eyelids are made just below the lower lash line.
What are the side effects and potential risks associated with eyelid surgery?
Post-operative side effects with eyelid surgery are minor and temporary. They include bruising, swelling and soreness in the treatment areas. Dr. Reagan can prescribe oral pain medication to manage any discomfort you may feel.
Potential risks and complications with eyelid surgery include poor wound healing, dry eye, eye irritation, blood clotting, infection, and excessive scarring. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Reagan will discuss with you all potential risks and complications, as well as what steps he takes to minimize their occurrence.
What is the cost of eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery is a highly individualized procedure, and thus the cost varies patient to patient. The cost of your eyelid surgery will depend on several factors including whether the upper eyelids or lower eyelids are being treated, the techniques used, and whether another procedure is incorporated into the operation. Generally, the more complex the treatment plan, the higher the cost. Our True Beauty team can provide detailed information about the cost of your procedure during your pre-op consultation.
Will my insurance cover the cost of eyelid surgery?
Your medical insurance may cover a portion or all of the cost of eyelid surgery if the procedure is deemed medical necessary. Eyelid surgery is considered to be medically necessary if it is performed to remove excess upper eyelid skin and fat that hangs below the lash line and interferes with the line of sight. Before covering the cost of upper eyelid surgery, insurance companies require proof of a visual test conducted by an eye doctor. Lower eyelid surgery is not covered by insurance.
Schedule an Eyelid Surgery Consultation
To learn more about eyelid surgery, or the other facial rejuvenation procedures we offer, schedule a consultation. Contact True Beauty by calling (858) 454-SKIN (7546) or emailing our La Jolla practice today.