Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, removes the excess fat and drooping skin of the upper eyelids, minimizing bags under the eyes, and tightening the lower eyelid skin. The result is a better-rested, softer, more alert appearance
Eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes - features that make you look older and more tired than you feel, and may even interfere with your vision. However, eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty won't remove crow's feet or other wrinkles, eliminate dark circles under your eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows.
Eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty can be done in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures like face & neck lift, brow lift or laser resurfacing.
Good candidates for eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty are:
- People with realistic expectation about what the eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty can do for them.
- People who are in good health and do not have any active diseases or serious, pre-existing medical conditions or eye disease.
- People who have sagging or loose skin that creates folds or hide the natural contour of your eyes.
- People who have excess skin that hangs down from the upper lid, impairing vision.
- You have droopy eyelids.
- You have puffy eyes.
- You would like to restore firmness around the eye area.
- People who have bags under eyes
- You are 18 year old or older and fully understand the eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty procedure.
Initial consultation for eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty in La Jolla San Diego
A personal consultation in our exclusive La Jolla / San Diego office is the very first step if you are considering eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty
During the consultation at our La Jolla / San Diego clinic, Dr. Ron Soltero will assess your physical and emotional health and discuss your expectations about eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty. The skin elasticity and tone of your upper & lower eyelid will be fully evaluated. Often, patients who are bothered by excess skin in their upper eyelids don’t realize that a sagging brow is contributing to that appearance.
You will also be able ask questions about eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty, talk about incisions and risks involve with the procedure.
In our La Jolla / San Diego clinic Dr. Ron Soltero will be showing several pre and post op pictures of eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty.
The eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty surgery
The eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty procedure is performed on our La Jolla / San Diego certified surgery center. Dr. Ron Soltero’s office is conveniently located in the UTC / La Jolla area. Fully equipped with two AAAASF certified operating rooms, it stands out to be one of the most private and select plastic surgery offices in the San Diego area.
The approach used for your eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty surgery depends not only on Dr. Soltero’s preferences, but also on the look that you want to achieve.
The eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty requires an individualized approach and it can offer dramatic improvement in the upper and lower eyelids.
For upper lids, an incision within the natural crease of the eye allows repositioning of the fat deposit, tightening of muscles and or removal of excess skin to create a firmer upper lid contour.
For lower lids, an incision just below the lower lash line allows the removal of the fat tightening sagging muscles and removing the excess skin.
After the eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty surgery
Once your eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty is completed, lubricated ointment and cold compresses may be applied to prevent dry eye and to minimize swelling. Your eyes will be covered with gauze. The first day of your surgery you will probably sleep with your head elevated to minimize the swelling. You may have to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes for the bright light.
Discomfort is usually minimal but any pain you feel can be controlled with pain medication. Initial healing might include swelling, bruising, irritation and dry eye.
The incisions of the eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty are well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid area. Results appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, firmer and well-define eyelid.
Healing of the incision may take 5 to 10 days. Within a week your stitches will come out, most of the bruising will disappear and the swelling will continue to subside. You may be ready to return to work and normal activity after 10 days.
Some pre & post op tips for eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty
- Do no take any medication that contains aspirin, vitamin E, weight loss medication or any Chinese herbs for 2 weeks before the surgery. A complete drug list will be provided on your pre op date.
- Arrange for an adult to drive you to and from your surgery. You CAN NOT take a taxi home. You must also arrange for an adult to stay with you for 24 hours after the eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty operation.
- Do not smoke for at least 4 weeks prior to the surgery
- You should avoid exposure to direct sunlight. Consider using sunglasses
- Keep head elevated on several pillows to minimize swelling
- Driving is permitted after a few days, if not taking pain medications.
- Avoid heavy lifting, straining or bending over 2 weeks
- You may resume all normal activities after 3 weeks of the eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty surgery.
More specific recommendations will be made when you come in to our La Jolla / San Diego clinic.
If you would like to know more about eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty you can contact us by phone, email or at Dr. Soltero’s office:
Executive Drive Suite 105
San Diego CA 92121
(UTC / La Jolla area)
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