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Understanding the Different Types of Blepharoplasty

You might be interested in eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons, to reduce visible signs of aging, or to address bulging eyes or sagging lids. For some people, sagging eyelids can become a medical issue when the tissue hangs down into the field of vision.

No matter the reason why you’re looking to learn more about blepharoplasty, our oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Raymond Douglas, can help. Dr. Douglas serves patients at his state-of-the-art practice in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Here’s what Dr. Douglas wants his new and existing patients to know about the different types of blepharoplasty available to them this summer.

Why look into blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that removes or repositions fat and eliminates excess tissue from either the upper or lower eyelids, or both. With a blepharoplasty, you can reduce under-eye bags or saggy upper or lower eyelids.

Undergoing a procedure to touch up the eyelid area is popular with patients who want an anti-aging cosmetic option. Some patients may need a blepharoplasty for a medical reason — to preserve full and unimpeded vision. Either way, Dr. Douglas can complete your procedure with a deft hand and a keen eye for natural-appearing, beautiful results.

Types of blepharoplasty

Dr. Douglas tailors your blepharoplasty to your unique treatment needs. You might choose to address just your upper eyelids, just your lower eyelids, or both in one procedure. Talk to Dr. Douglas about your aesthetic goals for your eyelid area, and he can guide you in selecting the right type of eyelid surgery.

Upper blepharoplasty

An upper blepharoplasty involves your upper eyelids. In this procedure, Dr. Douglas makes a small incision in the crease of your eyelids, and then uses it to reposition tissue and fat, and remove any tissue that’s blocking your vision. When the procedure is completed, the tissues are repositioned to flatter and highlight your bone structure.

Lower blepharoplasty

In a lower blepharoplasty, Dr. Douglas focuses on the fat and tissue located in your lower eyelids. This procedure uses tiny incisions to reposition or remove the fat underneath your eyes. By tweaking the area below your eyes, Dr. Douglas can refresh and rejuvenate your appearance, minimizing dark circles or under-eye bags that make you look tired and older.

Could you be a candidate?

If you’re frustrated with sagging upper eyelids, heavy under-eye bags, or excess skin around your eyes that impair your vision or make you look older than you feel, find out what surgical treatment could do to refresh your look.

Dr. Douglas can explain in detail how an upper or lower blepharoplasty can transform the appearance of your face. A blepharoplasty can also be combined with a brow lift for a more total transformation.

After blepharoplasty, you’ll have mild bruising and swelling around your eyes. Most patients need about 7-10 days to recover. You’ll need to avoid strenuous activity for a period following your procedure, and should keep your head as elevated as possible for the first few days to support your healing. We provide full aftercare instructions for your recovery.

Schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Douglas now to find out if you could be a good candidate for blepharoplasty. Call our office today to book over the phone, or use the online tool to set up your appointment.