Your eyes are the focal point of the face. Whether you are unhappy with the genetic appearance of the eyelids, or see signs of aging – such as bags under the eyes or sagging eyelid skin, subtle changes to the eyes make a big difference in your appearance overall. In addition, more advanced sagging in the eyelids can begin to affect vision, as eyelids may droop over the eye. Dr. Ourian provides the best blepharoplasty Los Angeles has to offer to address these concerns.
Blepharoplasty, also known as “eyelid surgery” or “eyelid lift,” is a cosmetic procedure which improves the appearance of the upper or lower eyelids. Our Beverly Hills eyelid surgery may be chosen to change the appearance of the eyelids you were born with, to improve the function of the eyelids, or to reduce signs of aging that are present in the eye area, including bags under the eyes.
At A Glance
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Surgery Length: 1 - 3 Hours
Recovery Time: 1 Week
Anesthesia: Local, Sedation, or General
Patients seeking eyelid surgery typically have one or more of the following concerns:
- Baggy or drooping upper eyelids
- Extra, sagging skin in the upper lids, affecting vision
- Drooping lower eyelids
- Extra, sagging skin on the lower eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Puffy lower eyelids
Most of our Los Angeles eyelid surgery patients are thirty years old or older. However, younger patients who wish to create a more symmetrical eye shape or otherwise change the appearance of their eyelids may also be candidates. Before undergoing a blepharoplasty, patients must be in good health overall and have no other eye conditions such as glaucoma or dry eye. After reviewing your general health, Dr. Ourian will determine whether you are a candidate for blepharoplasty.
Dr. Ourian’s signature Los Angeles blepharoplasty procedure is performed local or general anesthesia. Depending on your specific concerns, incisions and changes will be made to either the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both (sometimes called double eyelid surgery).
In upper eyelid surgery, or upper blepharoplasty, an incision is made along the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Through this incision, excess fat and tissue may be removed or repositioned, the muscles may be tightened, and excess skin can be removed. When these steps are complete, the incisions are closed with sutures.
In lower eyelid surgery or lower blepharoplasty, incisions are made just below the lower lash line, through which excess skin or fat can be removed. Alternatively, incisions on the inside of the lower eyelid (known as transconjunctival incisions) may be made to achieve this effect, although skin is not removed using this technique. When these steps are complete, the incisions are closed with sutures.
As with other procedures, you should arrange for a trusted caregiver, such as a friend or family member, to drive you home and care for you after the surgery. Following your blepharoplasty, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and dry eyes. Lubricating ointment and cold compresses will be used to help ease discomfort during the initial stages of the recovery process. Dr. Ourian will also prescribe pain medication. It is also important that you properly protect your eyes by keeping them lubricated during the first few days after surgery. Most patients can return to work and other normal activities within 3 to 7 days after their blepharoplasty. However, residual swelling can last for several weeks after surgery. Be sure to follow all of Dr. Ourian’s directions carefully to ensure your safety and proper healing. Dr. Ourian will monitor your healing through postoperative appointments and tell you when you may return to your regular routine, including exercise and other strenuous activity.
Because it is common for patients to choose blepharoplasty to reduce signs of aging, the procedure is commonly combined with other surgeries which address the same aging signs in other areas of the face. Patients will commonly combine blepharoplasty with facelift, which targets wrinkles and sagging in the cheeks and jowls, or a brow lift, which softens wrinkles in the forehead and drooping eyebrows.
Nonsurgical methods of reducing aging signs are also available in combination with blepharoplasty. For example, patients may choose to combine blepharoplasty with a chemical peel. This allows them to both reduce sagging skin and wrinkles as well as minimize age spots and increase collagen production.
If patients are choosing blepharoplasty to change the genetic shape of their eyelids, they may wish to make other adjustments to their facial features in order to maintain a balanced, harmonious appearance. In these cases, patients may combine blepharoplasty with rhinoplasty, or a “nose job,” for example.
The cost of your blepharoplasty in Los Angeles depends on many factors, including the extent of your surgery (including whether you are making changes to the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both) as well as your surgeon’s expertise and the geographic location where your procedure was performed. Dr. Ourian’s patient concierge will give you a more specific cost for your surgery after a thorough consultation.
Frequently asked questions
- Can blepharoplasty remove under-eye bags?
- Lower lid blepharoplasty can be used to remove pockets of excess fat below the eye, which is typically responsible for the appearance of “under eye bags” which contribute to a tired or aged appearance. It is for this very reason that a blepharoplasty is sometimes called “under eye bags surgery,” which can restore a youthful and rejuvenated appearance to the eyes. Other procedures, such as a chemical peel or microneedling, can be paired with blepharoplasty to address discoloration in the under-eye area.
- Can I have a blepharoplasty if I have had LASIK or PRK surgery?
- So long as there are no eye conditions present and you have completely healed from LASIK or PRK, it is possible for you to have eyelid surgery. Your candidacy for a Beverly Hills blepharoplasty can be confirmed after a consultation with Dr. Ourian.
- Will I have scars after blepharoplasty?
- Typically, there should not be a visible scar after eyelid lift surgery. The incisions made are well-hidden within the natural creases of the eye, and are therefore inconspicuous after healing is complete. Be sure to carefully follow Dr. Ourian’s directions during your recovery period to ensure you heal properly.
- Will I be able to wear makeup after blepharoplasty?
- You should be able to wear makeup about 1 week after your procedure.