Sagging eyelids or bags underneath the eyes can leave patients with a more tired and depressed appearance. These features are unpleasant to have and may provide an appearance that betrays an individual’s true emotions. Blepharoplasty, or upper eyelid surgery, can correct and reverse these features.
Upper eyelid surgery can create a younger looking eyelid appearance that also allows for the application of makeup. Excess upper eyelid skin has been known to cause difficulties for wearing eyelid makeup due to the folding and smearing of excess upper eyelid skin. Reduced skin, fat, and hooding on the upper eyelid can also lead to improved vision. As in most procedures performed at Dr. Heller’s practice, blepharoplasty is provided with local anesthesia only.
A lower eyelid surgery can be performed to reduce fat volume and excess skin. The procedure can be carried out using a conjunctival approach or through the skin muscle flap under the eyelash. The latter approach has a risk of excess scleral exposure and can cause a more frightened appearance with a lower eyelid margin. The conjunctival approach does not have these risks, which has made it a more popular approach in recent years.
Following eyelid surgery, slight bruising or swelling may occur. It is important to take bed rests and apply cool compresses to minimize any risk of postoperative bleeding. Other minor post-treatment complications include residual excess skin on the eyelids and mild lower lid ectropion. It is important to schedule follow-up appointments to monitor any of these conditions.
Based in Long Beach, Dr. Heller specializes in personalized eyelid surgery that caters towards his patients’ unique preferences. He has more than 30 years experience performing cosmetic upper eyelid blepharoplasty. Please call our office today to schedule a consultation and determine your blepharoplasty treatment plan.