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Blepharoplasty In Newport Beach, Orange County, CA

Blepharoplasty, also known as the eyelid lift or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that corrects the shape of the eyelids. The procedure can either be done for cosmetic or functional reasons. Eyelid surgery helps with sagging lids and eye bag removal. Eyes that look and feel tired also may be a sign that it’s time to consider eyelid surgery. Upper and lower eyelid surgery at Orange County Plastic Surgery rejuvenates your appearance and making your eyes more open and expressive

What Is The Blepharoplasty Procedure?

Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids as a standalone procedure. The upper and lower eyelids can also be treated during the same surgery. Upper eyelid surgery involves removing excess skin and fat, typically from the area along the natural crease.

It not only improves aesthetics, but may also improves vision. With the lower eyelids surgery, you will look refreshed and revitalized. Fat pad under the eye removal is a technique used for the lower eyelids. Reducing bags and puffiness on the eyelids is the result

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What Is The Best Age For Eyelid Surgery?

The best age for blepharoplasty is not definitive. It is based primarily on facial anatomy that includes sagging eyelids. Sagging upper lids and lower eyelids can be a genetic feature. Therefore, it is not uncommon for Drs Compoginis, Ekstrom or Bunkis to recommend eyelid surgery even to younger adults who may have lower eyelid bags or if the eyelids are naturally drooping. There are no age limits for a blepharoplasty. Patients can also combine it with a facelift or other aesthetic procedures.

What Are The Benefits Of Blepharoplasty?

The benefits of eyelid surgery are numerous. Because it is difficult to envision how the surgery will improve your appearance, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with the surgeon to learn about the specific benefits of blepharoplasty for you. Please note that eyelid surgery may not improve lines and wrinkles in the forehead area. A brow lift is a better option for this.

Common blepharoplasty benefits include:

  • Minimize bags under the eyes
  • Improved vision that may be blocked by sagging upper eyelids
  • Reduce dark circles under the eyes
  • Rejuvenated appearance

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Types Of Eyelid Surgery

Dr. Bunkis specializes in the most advanced techniques for the various types of eyelid surgery. These techniques are based on two common factors. First, upper eyelid surgery types involve removing redundant skin that causes a drooping eyelid appearance.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

For upper blepharoplasty, the plastic surgeon will make incisions in the natural crease of the upper eyelid – these are usually difficult to see after healing has occurred. The excess skin and fat will be removed during the procedure. Ptosis or droopy eyelids can also be addressed at the same time if present. Suture removal occurs in five to six days and most patients return to work in a week.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Depending on the presence or absence of skin laxity, a lower blepharoplasty can be performed through an internal incision inside the eyelid, or if a skin excess is present, through an external incision under the eyelashes. During the internal lower lid procedure, also known as transconjunctival blepharoplasty, the incision will be placed along inside of the eyelids, to allow the plastic surgeon access to remove the extra fat. If a skin excess is present, the external incision will give a better result. If your lower eyelid area has lost volume with age and you are concerned about hollowness under your eyes, your surgeon may suggest micro fat grafting or injections of fillers for this area.

You can also combine upper and lower blepharoplasty if necessary. In that case the procedure will take about two hours.

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What Is Ptosis Repair Surgery?

Ptosis is a medical condition in which the muscles of the upper eyelid don’t keep the lid open completely, causing the lash line to obscure the upper part of the pupil. This sometimes occurs on one side, at others on both sides. In mild cases, ptosis represents only a cosmetic concern. In more severe cases, though, ptosis interferes with vision.

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What To Expect After Blepharoplasty

After blepharoplasty surgery, you will not have a bandage but an ice pack will be placed over your eyes immediately after surgery. You should plan on maintaining a sitting position and keeping an ice pack over the eyes for the first 48 hours. In rare cases, the eyes can be almost swollen shut. Therefore, we recommend that you arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you for at least the first two days.

Knowing what to expect after blepharoplasty surgery helps ease any concerns and anxiety that you may have about the procedure and healing. Immediately after the surgery, you spend an hour in our recovery area so we can monitor your progress. We will then release you to go home. You will not be allowed to drive, so you will need to arrange for a ride.

Post-operative bruising, swelling, and discomfort are normal after eyelid surgery but very little discomfort is to be expected. The swelling may cause your eyes to close, so your vision cold be limited. Your surgeon will provide detailed instructions for aftercare, such as cleaning the surgical incisions. Once the incisions heal, you will have some well-hidden eye surgery scars in the natural crease above your eye and along the lash line of your lower eyelid.

How Long Do Blepharoplasty Results Last?

The results of eyelid surgery at Orange County Plastic Surgery last five to seven years, though individual results vary. The longevity of eyelid surgery results depend largely on how quickly your skin ages, as well as how well you take care of your skin. Using a high-quality sunscreen prevents sun damage that ages your eyes quickly. Our staff can provide other tips to maintain your blepharoplasty results.

Recovery After Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure performed under light general anesthesia or deep sedation supplemented by local anesthesia. After surgery, patients can expect the blepharoplasty recovery to include eyelids to be bruised and swollen. Part of proper care after blepharoplasty involves gently applying ice packs and elevating your head.

Most patients are well enough during their lower and upper bleph recovery to return to work in a week. Dehydrated eyelids can be treated with a gentle moisturizer, and the surgeon can recommend a product for you to use. You may also notice a tightness as collagen in the eyelids develops after the procedure.

Blepharoplasty Healing Stages

Proper care after blepharoplasty ensures that complications are minimized and you achieve the optimum results from the surgery. There are some distinct blepharoplasty healing stages.

Stage 1 – Bruising

Bruising is normal after any type of surgery. Incisions and other parts of the procedure affect small blood vessels in the skin. This leads to minor bleeding in the tissues, resulting in bruising. Your body heals the blood vessels and re-routes the blood supply. Any blood in the tissues is absorbed by the body. After blepharoplasty, bruising typically lasts only two to three weeks. During that time, the bruising may change color, indicating that the blood in the tissues is being absorbed by your body.

Stage 2 – Swelling

Swelling is another common symptom after surgery. This indicates that fluid is building up around the surgical site, and it is quite normal. The fluid may be blood or special cells that help promote healing. After surgery, your body produces high levels of these cells around the surgical site to quickly repair the tissues. While swelling does represent a healthy response eyelid surgery, it does need to be controlled. Too much swelling causes discomfort, so you can gently apply cold compresses or ice packs to the area.

Stage 3 – Incision Healing

Incisions are like any other type of injury to the skin. When an incision is made in your skin, it triggers a natural healing response in your body. An abundance of collagen fibers form to close the wound. This protects your body from infection. Scars look different than the surrounding skin because the collagen fibers are formed in a rather rapid way, so they are not as organized as the fibers in the undamaged skin. Initially, your scars from eyelid surgery will have a pinkish appearance. Over time, the scars change color to be just slightly darker than your natural skin tone. This can take up to one year. For upper and lower Blepharoplasty, the incisions are so thin and well-hidden that you have a hard time seeing them once they are fully healed.

Post Operational Instructions

After undergoing plastic surgery, following the postoperative instructions provided by your surgeon is crucial for optimal healing and recovery. These instructions may include caring for the surgical site, managing pain, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is important to keep the surgical area clean, take prescribed medications as directed, rest and avoid strenuous activities, and adhere to a balanced diet while staying hydrated.

Attending follow-up appointments will allow your surgeon to monitor your progress and provide further guidance, ensuring a successful outcome from your plastic surgery procedure.

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