“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.” – Audrey Hepburn
Our eyes are often the first impression and convey our emotions to those around us.
The eyelids and brows are the frames of the eyes and can strongly influence that first impression.
With age the eyelids and brows descend and the fatpads of the eyelids become more prominent. This results in a tired or angry appearance, even if you do not feel this way.
Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Lift removes the sagging skin and visible fat pads.
The changes are subtle to the casual observer, yet people will perceive you as less tired and more alert.
Eyelid surgery can address both upper and lower eyelids and is often combined with other procedures such as brow lift and face lift.
Luckily, eyelid surgery can be done in our in-office operating room in a few hours, with minimal downtime, and for a very reasonable cost.
These bags are usually fat pads that have started bulging. These are trimmed to smoothen the appearance of the lower eyelids.
Dark circles may be treated by lower eyelid surgery if it is the result from shadowing due to bulging fat or bags. If the dark circles are the result from pigmentation changes of eyelid skin, skin bleaching creams, such as Obagi Clear, or light chemical peels may improve this condition. If it is due to fine blood vessels beneath the lower eyelid skin, then injecting a dermal filler, such as Juvederm Volbella, can create a barrier between the vessels and skin.
A brow lift or forehead lift elevates the brows and is a different procedure than a blepharoplasty. During your consultation, Dr. Samimi will examine you and then discuss the different treatment options.
The upper eyelid incision is hidden in the natural upper eyelid crease and is only noticed with the eyes closed.
The lower eyelid incision can either be placed immediately below the lower eyelid lashes or within the inside of the lower eyelid.
Eyelid incisions generally heal very well and are difficult to see once fully healed.
Eyelid surgeries can be performed in the office under local anesthesia. At the beginning of the procedure, a small amount of local anesthesia is injected.
Dr. Samimi may prescribe some oral medications to take before the procedure to reduce anxiety.
Most people are awake during surgery and have little discomfort.
You will need someone to drive you home and be with you the first night.
The procedure itself takes between one to three hours.
After any surgical procedure, some discomfort can be expected. You will be provided with prescriptions for pain medication. Often Tylenol is all you need (together with ice packs) placed over their eyes for 24 hours.
The bruising after eyelid surgery typically lasts up to three weeks and can be covered with make-up or concealer. The majority of swelling should resolve in the first few weeks, but some swelling may persist up to a year.
Depending on your work, you should be able to return to work fairly quickly.
Lasting discomfort is unusual with eyelid surgery.
Schedule a complimentary, no-obligation personal evaluation with Dr. Kian Samimi, MD FACS at RevivaMed Plastic Surgery to determine if you are a likely candidate for eyelid surgery. There are three office locations: San Diego Gaslamp, La Jolla, and Murieta. Call (619) 232-3040 for your consultation.