Eyelid Surgery San Diego
Eyelid surgery (technically known as a blepharoplasty) can correct drooping, upper eyelids and puffy bags below your eyes. Blepharoplasty can be done alone, or in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a facelift, brow lift, Botox, or dermal fillers. Surgery focused on the eyelids alone or a combination of procedures can dramatically improve the appearance of the eyes.
As people age, the eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken, and fat accumulates around the eyes, causing “bags” above and below.
The surgeon closes the incisions with fine sutures, which will leave nearly invisible scars.
Before surgery, the surgeon marks the incision sites, following the natural lines and creases of the upper and lower eyelids.
Underlying fat, along with excess skin and muscle, can be removed during the operation.
In a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, a tiny incision is made inside the lower eyelid and fat is removed with fine forceps. No skin is removed, and the incision is closed with dissolving sutures.
After surgery, the upper eyelids no longer droop and the skin under the eyes is smooth and firm.
Blepharoplasty In Carlsbad & SAn Diego
Your eyes can express how you feel about yourself and the world around you. Your eyes also give those you meet for the first time or on a daily basis a first impression. If your eyes appear tired, sleepy, or aged, on the outside, the energetic person on the inside may not show through. Eyelid surgery can improve your appearance by giving your eyes a well-rested and brighter look. This procedure can be performed on either the upper or lower lids, or both. Eyelid surgery can treat loose or sagging skin on the upper eyelids, which can impair vision and give the eyes an aged or tired look. In the lower eyelids, surgery can also provide a smoother appearance by removing excess puffy, fatty deposits and loose, wrinkled skin.
To view Before & After Blepharoplasty photos, click photos above. Individual results may vary.
Consultation for Surgery
Your initial consultation is very important. You and Dr. Park will carefully discuss your goals and expectations for this surgery. You will learn about what can and cannot be accomplished with eyelid surgery.
The techniques for your eyelid surgery and the type of anesthesia will be discussed. In many cases eyelid surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with or without some sedation.
Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and results.
Preparing For Your Surgery
Before your surgery, Dr. Park and his nurses will see you at your preoperative appointment. During this appointment you will get another opportunity to ask any additional questions you may have with regard to surgery and review all the details of surgery again.
You will be provided with prescriptions for medications required after surgery. You will also be provided with instructions to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on drinking, eating, smoking, and avoiding certain medications or supplements.
While preparing for surgery, make sure to make arrangements to have a family member or friend drive you home after surgery. You may also want to have someone help you for a couple of days while you recover.
The nice thing about eyelid surgery is that the typical external incisions to remove the excess skin are placed in the natural creases around your upper and lower eyelids. So, once healed, it is often difficult to even find the scars from your surgery.
When fat alone is removed from the lower eyelids, the incisions are made on the inner eyelids. After surgery, there are no visible scars.
In some cases, patients may require more extensive repairs around the upper or lower lids. Surgery for levator ptosis in the upper eyelids will dramatically improve eyes that appear sleepy or droopy. In eyes that have sagging lower lids that give patients a “hound dog” appearance, a lid tightening procedure is often necessary for improvement in position of the lower eyelid margin. The need for these additional procedures will have been determined at the time of your consultation.
After Your Surgery
Your eyelids may feel tight and sore as the anesthesia wears off. Any discomfort you may have can be controlled with prescription pain medication.
You will be instructed to keep your head elevated for several days, and to use cold compresses, which will help to reduce swelling and bruising. Bruising varies from person to person. It generally reaches its peak in 48 to 72 hours. This is why we recommend applying cold compresses to your eyes for a minimum of 3 days.
Dr. Park will follow your progress very closely with several post operative appointments to ensure that you are healing well.
Getting Back to Normal
The sutures will be removed about a week after surgery. Once they’re out, the swelling and discoloration around your eyes will gradually subside, and you’ll start to look and feel much better
Most patients feel ready to go out in public (and back to work) in a week to 10 days. By then, depending on your rate of healing and Dr. Park’s instructions, you’ll probably be able to wear makeup to hide the bruising that remains. You may be sensitive to sunlight, wind, and other irritants for several weeks, so you should wear sunglasses. Avoid wearing contacts for 2 weeks.
Dr. Park will probably tell you to keep your activities to a minimum for three to five days, and to avoid more strenuous activities for about two to three weeks. It’s especially important to avoid activities that raise your blood pressure, including bending, lifting, and rigorous sports. You may also be told to avoid alcohol, since it causes fluid retention.
The positive results of your eyelid surgery will be a more alert and youthful look around the eyes. Your results should last for years. In many cases, these results are permanent.
The Next Step
To find out if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery, call us at (760) 655-1414 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Gregory Park. We look forward to helping you in achieving your goals.