Blepharoplasty

Introduction

Tired looking eyes are a common concern for both women and men. We have come to recognize the impact that the eyes alone can have on the entire face. Heaviness in the upper lids, bagging and dark circles below the eyes, and generally loose skin not only make the face appear older but can also create an appearance of sadness or anger. Generally speaking, aging eyes can make a person seem unapproachable. It is no wonder that many people seek blepharoplasty to refresh this area of their face. Our motto is “Be you again” and blepharoplasty surgery can provide a rejuvenated appearance.

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What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a term that describes surgical techniques designed to improve the appearance of the eyes. Board certified, Beverly Hills oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Raymond Douglas has pioneered and carefully developed customized performs carefully developed techniques on to rejuvenate the upper and the lower eyelids. Some people undergo surgery to correct just one area, while others achieve optimal anti-aging results through a combination of upper and lower blepharoplasty.
 

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Upper Blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty is performed to reposition and remove tissue and fat of the upper eyelids. The procedure is conducted through small incisions made in the natural crease of the eye; so any scarring is well hidden. Tissue is then manipulated in a way that follows the natural curvature of the skeletal structure. Dr. Douglas is careful to preserve as much natural tissue as possible during upper eyelid surgery in order to ensure the eyes close properly and that they also look younger and more refreshed. Furthermore, Dr. Douglas will address any fat pockets or hollows in the upper eyelids by repositioning and preserving precious eyelid fat. This approach, as opposed to simply removing fat, creates the most natural looking results. At the conclusion of surgery, fine stitches are placed to close incisions.

Lower Blepharoplasty

Lower blepharoplasty is performed to improve the smoothness and tightness of the lower eyelid. This procedure carefully lifts skin and underlying tissue and repositions the fat to fill hollows or reduce puffiness beneath the eyes.

Dr. Douglas is a firm believer in customizing every blepharoplasty to the specific needs of each patient. Therefore, there is no particular technique that is right for every patient. Blepharoplasty procedures are developed after analyzing the anatomical structure of the patient alongside the unique features of their eyelid tissue.

Who is a candidate for blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a popular procedure most commonly sought by adults between the ages of 40 and 70. However, Dr. Douglas does not like to think of blepharoplasty in terms of just age brackets alone. If you are experiencing dropping, sagging eyelids at any age and or unhappy with your appearance, he encourages you to schedule a consultation and learn about your options.

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How long does blepharoplasty recovery take?

Recovery after blepharoplasty is generally very mild. Swelling and bruising are common side effects of blepharoplasty surgery. These side effects can be managed using cold compresses and by resting with the head slightly elevated. Many patients sleep on two pillows for the first several days of their recovery. Pain medication may be prescribed to improve comfort for the first few days. After this point, most patients can transition to an over-the-counter pain reducer.
 
Activity may be limited for approximately 10 days after surgery. However, some patients return to work within the week. Care should be taken to avoid strenuous activity until cleared by the surgical team.

Schedule Your Blepharoplasty Consultation at International Orbital Institute today and take the first step to be you again!

Dr. Douglas is an internationally-known oculoplastic surgeon with experience in both initial and revision blepharoplasty. For more information on this procedure, schedule a consultation in our Beverly Hills office. Call (310) 657-4302.

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