What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that is designed to enhance the appearance of the eyelids. It can be completed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both.
In addition, blepharoplasty allows an individual to treat many problems, including:
- Bags that form under the eyes
- Drooping lower eyelids
- Fine wrinkles and excess skin around the lower eyelids
- Excess fat deposits in the eyelids
- Loose or sagging skin that can impair an individual’s vision
Blepharoplasty can be performed on both men and women. However, the procedure must always be tailored to a patient.
Types of Eyelid Surgery
Several types of eyelid surgery are available, including:
- Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty: Involves the removal of excess skin, muscle folds, and fatty bags.
- Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty: Ensures a patient can eliminate puffiness of the lower eyelids that occurs due to an accumulation of fluid within the skin.
- Revision Blepharoplasty: Corrects the results of a previous eyelid surgery and can deliver both cosmetic and functional benefits.
Dr. Azizzadeh understands the ins and outs of blepharoplasty. He will collaborate with a patient, learn about their blepharoplasty needs, and ensure this individual receives comprehensive support throughout an eyelid surgery.
Why Should a Patient Consider an Upper Eyelid Lift?
An upper eyelid lift can be performed for cosmetic or functional reasons. It can be used to make the upper eyelid appear more rounded. Or, an upper blepharoplasty can be completed to restore the function of the eye and improve a patient’s vision.
Why Should a Patient Consider a Lower Eyelid Lift?
Whereas an upper blepharoplasty focuses exclusively on the top portion of the eye, a lower eyelid lift is used to treat the lower section. It involves the removal of wrinkles in the lower lid and eyes. Also, a lower blepharoplasty can be used to treat under-eye bags.
Why Should a Patient Consider a Revision Eyelid Lift?
A revision blepharoplasty can be performed if a patient does not achieve their desired results following an initial eyelid procedure. In this instance, the patient can undergo a follow-up blepharoplasty that addresses the side effects of a prior treatment.
What Are the Side Effects of Eyelid Surgery?
Scarring, bruising, and swelling of the eyes can occur following eyelid surgery. These side effects are temporary and will disappear on their own within a few days of treatment.
Other side effects of eyelid surgery include temporary double vision and blindness. Patients can also experience eye itching, dryness, and other discomfort after treatment.
Dr. Azizzadeh takes steps to limit the risk of eyelid surgery side effects. He may provide eye drops or other prescriptions to help his patients relieve pain after surgery.
Is a Non-Surgical Eyelid Procedure Available?
A non-surgical eyelid lift is available that addresses volume loss in and around the eyes that otherwise may cause a patient to appear older than their actual age.
During a non-surgical eyelid procedure, injectables are used to minimize hollowness of the lower eyes and laxity of the upper eyelids. The most common injectables utilized as part of the procedure include:
- Restylane: Offers an injectable dermal filler that consists of hyaluronic acid.
- Juvederm: Provides a smooth gel that can be injected into the skin quickly and easily.
- Fat Grafting: Delivers an ideal option for patients who are dealing with significant eyelid hollowness and sagging.
Temple rejuvenation also is available to help give a person’s eyes a more youthful appearance. It involves the use of hyaluronic acids such as Juvederm or Sculptra, a collagen stimulator, to fill in the hollowness of the temple region and lift the brow. As a result, temple rejuvenation may help a person slow down the aging process.
Dr. Azizzadeh remains a leading provider of non-surgical blepharoplasty in Los Angeles. During an initial consultation, he will outline all of the blepharoplasty treatment options that are available.
What Should You Expect During Blepharoplasty Recovery?
The blepharoplasty recovery period usually requires about 10 days. But, it may take several months for post-surgery scars and swelling to dissipate completely.
After a blepharoplasty, a patient may have small stitches around the eyes. The patient may have their eyes wrapped in a bandage following surgery as well.
In the first few days after treatment, a patient may require a cool compress for the eyes. Furthermore, a patient should not drive for several days after surgery.
Dr. Azizzadeh helps his patients plan for blepharoplasty recovery. He remains accessible throughout the recovery period. If a patient has concerns or questions at any point during this period, Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to respond to them.
How Long Does It Take to Heal from a Blepharoplasty?
It generally takes at least a few weeks to recover from a blepharoplasty procedure. An eyelid lift patient may need to refrain from strenuous activities for up to four weeks after treatment. Meanwhile, a patient’s eyes may tire more quickly during the first few weeks following blepharoplasty surgery.
Once the results of blepharoplasty surgery become visible, they should remain intact for an extended period of time. As a patient gets older, their brow may descend. This can cause excess skin to appear on their upper eyelids.
Does a Blepharoplasty Leave Scars?
An eyelid lift sometimes leaves scars. Fortunately, Dr. Azizzadeh does everything possible to minimize the appearance of scars after blepharoplasty surgery.
Oftentimes, blepharoplasty scars are hidden within the natural eyelid creases. This ensures any post-blepharoplasty scars are virtually invisible.
Dr. Azizzadeh also prioritizes patient care and safety during blepharoplasty procedures. He strives to minimize scarring, and to accomplish his goal, works diligently to perform an eyelid lift. His in-depth approach to eyelid lift surgery limits risk, as well as helps each patient accomplish their treatment goals.
Is an Eyelid Procedure Performed the Same Way on Men and Women?
A male eyelid lift is designed exclusively for men, and it treats visible signs of aging in the eyes. In many ways, a male eyelid lift is similar to a female blepharoplasty. Yet, regardless of whether a man or woman pursues an eyelid lift, the procedure is customized to a patient.
How Is a Male Blepharoplasty Similar to a Female Eyelid Lift?
Like a female blepharoplasty, a male eyelid lift enables patients to remove excess skin on the upper and lower eyelids. Additionally, female and male eyelid lifts treat droopy upper eyelids, puffy lower eyelids, and other signs of aging that otherwise make patients look tired.
How Does a Male Blepharoplasty Differ from a Female Eyelid Lift?
The goal of a male blepharoplasty is to help a patient improve their facial appearance and maintain their masculine facial features. When completed successfully, a male eyelid lift ensures a patient’s eyes complement the cheeks, chin, and other facial features. A successful male blepharoplasty also delivers natural-looking results.
Men and women may pursue an eyelid lift, but the treatment must be personalized to the patient, regardless of gender. By working with Dr. Azizzadeh, men and women can learn about the benefits of eyelid procedures and determine if a blepharoplasty can help them achieve their facial rejuvenation treatment goals.
Benefits of a Male Blepharoplasty
Reasons why men choose a blepharoplasty include:
- Enhanced Facial Appearance: A blepharoplasty can correct visible signs of aging in the eyes that make men look worn-out and older than their actual age.
- Improved Vision: For men dealing with droopy or puffy upper eyelids that hinder their vision, a blepharoplasty can be used to address this issue.
- No Under-Eye Bags: An eyelid lift can be used to remove under-eye bags and improve the appearance of dark circles around the eyes.
By meeting with Dr. Azizzadeh, men can explore the benefits of an eyelid procedure. They can also find out if they qualify for a blepharoplasty.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Male Blepharoplasty?
The best candidates for male eyelid procedures may display one or more of the following issues:
- Wrinkles around or under the eyes
- Excess skin around the eyes
- Under-eye bags
- Droopy eyelids
- Double eyelid
Dr. Azizzadeh evaluates patients to determine if they qualify for male blepharoplasty procedure. If Dr. Azizzadeh recommends a male eyelid lift, he discusses the procedure with his patient and creates a custom treatment plan. Comparatively, Dr. Azizzadeh offers alternative treatment options if a patient does not qualify for a male eyelid procedure.
Comprehensive Blepharoplasty Consultation Process
The decision to undergo an eyelid lift is significant, and weighing the pros and cons of blepharoplasty surgery is sometimes difficult. With support from an expert facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon like Dr. Azizzadeh, a patient can determine if a blepharoplasty matches their expectations.
Dr. Azizzadeh evaluates a patient as part of a comprehensive blepharoplasty consultation process. He also learns about a patient’s eyelid treatment goals and identifies any surgery risk factors.
Ultimately, if an eyelid procedure is too risky for a patient, Dr. Azizzadeh won’t recommend surgery. He instead offers alternative treatments to help a patient achieve their desired results.
On the other hand, if a patient qualifies for an eyelid procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh creates a treatment program. This program is designed to help a patient to achieve the best-possible treatment results, as quickly as possible.
Considering Eyelid Surgery in Los Angeles? Schedule a Blepharoplasty Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh Today
Dr. Azizzadeh can meet with a patient to determine if he or she qualifies for eyelid surgery or non-surgical eyelid procedures. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.