Here’s Why Blepharoplasty Is So Popular
Droopy eyelids age the face and can obstruct vision. Eye lift surgery, formally known as blepharoplasty, restores an alert look to the eyes while eliminating the visual interference. Top Los Angeles and Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami of Ghavami Plastic Surgery explains why so many people seek blepharoplasty to turn back the hands of time.
What Blepharoplasty Entails
Nothing restores a youthful appearance to the eyes quite like blepharoplasty. Instead of looking tired and sad — or even angry — after blepharoplasty, the eye area looks fresh, rested and invigorated. The results are often dramatic.
Blepharoplasty involves the removal or sculpting of excess skin and fat to reduce sagginess in the lids. The eyelid muscles may be tightened or adjusted if needed. The patient receives general anesthesia or sedative anesthesia to make surgery more comfortable.
Surgery scars are concealed by the eyelids’ natural structures. Incisions for upper eyelid surgery are made in the natural creases. Incisions for lower eyelid surgery are created just beneath the lower lash line.
You may not feel tired or angry, but drooping eyelids make you appear that way to the outside world. That can affect your work and personal life. One of the main reasons blepharoplasty has become so popular is that it can rejuvenate other aspects of your life. When you feel confident in your appearance, your self-esteem grows.
The Recovery Period
Expect swelling and bruising after an eye lift. The doctor will prescribe eye drops and pain medication for use during this time. You should wear eyeglasses instead of contact lenses until the doctor clears you for contact lens use.
Most people can resume normal activities about a week post-surgery. Within two weeks, most of the swelling and bruising should subside. It is then that you will start to enjoy your newly revitalized eyes and refreshed appearance.
Insurance typically does not cover cosmetic procedures. However, if loose upper eyelid skin is badly affecting vision, health insurance may pay for part of blepharoplasty. And while upper eyelid sagging may impair vision, that is seldom the case with the lower lids. Blepharoplasty on the lower lids is almost exclusively done for cosmetic purposes.
If you are considering blepharoplasty and want to know more about the procedure and whether you are a candidate, contact renowned Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Ashkan Ghavami and schedule a personal consultation. Blepharoplasty is often performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as a brow lift, so discuss any other potential facial plastic surgeries with Dr. Ghavami.