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Eyelid Surgery (Bleplaroplasty)

Eyelid Surgery (Bleplaroplasty)

Some Asians have an ethnic eyelid appearance and desire to have more occidental looking eyes (round eyes). This can be done using similar techniques as the eyelid surgery.

During blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, excess fat, skin and muscle are removed in order to address loss of vitality in the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Aging, repeated sun exposure, and genetics all contribute to the development of droopy eyelids, bags, and excess skin that accumulates around the upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty may be conducted alone or with other cosmetic procedures like face or browlifts. We perform eyelid surgery for our patients, along with many other cosmetic procedures for facial rejuvenation in LA County.

Who Can Undergo Blepharoplasty?

As with many cosmetic surgeries, a candidate for blepharoplasty must have good general health. If you are in good health and exhibit any of the following conditions, you may want to consider blepharoplasty:

  • Puffy bags below your eyes
  • Drooping upper lids
  • Stretched eyelid skin
  • Genetic predisposition to droopy, baggy eyelids

Certain conditions that cause droopy eyelids, bags, and excess skin, are actually contraindications for eyelid surgery. These conditions include:

  • Thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism and Graves’ disease
  • Dry eye or lack of sufficient tears
  • High blood pressure or other circulatory disorders
  • Cardiovascular disease

Some of these things can be corrected medically by your physician and doing so will increase the possibility of being a surgical candidate. Check with your personal physician to see if you might be able To have surgery.

What Happens During Blepharoplasty Surgery?

Eyelid surgery in Los Angeles is conducted on an outpatient basis, and with local anesthesia to numb the area around the eyes or general anesthesia. Some people prefer not being able to see us working around their eyes and ask for general anesthesia. The procedure lasts between 1-3 hours; 2 upper lids can take an hour, all 4 lids can take up 3 hours. Prior to your surgery you will have received a medical evaluation and vision test. Your ophthalmologist may be asked to share any relevant information with Woodglen Aesthetics. During the procedure, we make incisions following the natural lines of your eyelids, in the creases of upper lids, and below lashes in lower lids so that we can separate the skin from the underlying fatty tissue and muscle. We then remove or reposition excess fat, and trim sagging skin and muscle. The incisions are then closed with very fine sutures. Alternatively, we may use the transconjunctivital technique in which an incision is made in the lower lid, and only a conservative amount of fat and no skin is removed.

What to Expect After Blepharoplasty

It is common for your eyelids to feel sore and tight as the anesthesia wears off. Pain medication may be prescribed to help control symptoms. Patients are generally asked to keep their head elevated for several days, apply a cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising, avoid contact lens use for about 2 weeks, and resume exercise after approximately 3 weeks. To learn more about the benefits, costs or possible side effects of blepharoplasty in LA County, contact Woodglen Aesthetics in Glendora for a personal complimentary consultation in the San Gabriel Valley.