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.
Dr. Jon Sattler performs eyelid surgery for his patients, along with many other cosmetic procedures for facial rejuvenation in LA County.
Before and After Eyelid Surgery in Glendora, CA
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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 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 Dr. Sattler 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 Dr. Sattler. During the procedure, Dr. Sattler makes incisions following the natural lines of your eyelids, in the creases of upper lids, and below lashes in lower lids so that he can separate the skin from the underlying fatty tissue and muscle. He then removes or repositions excess fat, and trims sagging skin and muscle. The incisions are then closed with very fine sutures. Alternatively, he 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.
Before and After Eyelid Surgery
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 Dr. Sattler’s Plastic Surgery Center of Glendora for a personal complimentary consultation in the San Gabriel Valley.