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PROFILES Beverly Hills Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) FAQ’s

Q – What is blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)?
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure which removes excess fat, and often skin and muscle, from the upper and lower eyelids. The blepharoplasty can correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy under-eye bags, restoring a firmer, more youthful and refreshed appearance to the eye area. The eyelid surgery can also add an upper eyelid crease to Asian eyes. Eyelid surgery may be performed on its own or it may be combined with other procedures such as a browlift or skin resurfacing.

Q – Are there any limitations to what eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can achieve?
Eyelid surgery cannot improve dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles around the eyes or sagging eyebrows which can be treated with other procedures such as skin resurfacing or a browlift.

Q – Who is a good candidate for Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)?
Those who are unhappy with the appearance of drooping upper eyelids and/or puffy eyes or baggy eyes may be good candidates for eyelid surgery. Like all types of facial plastic surgery, patients should also be physically healthy and realistic in their expectations. Though most eyelid surgery patients are aged thirty-five or older, surgery can be performed on younger patients, particularly when droopy or baggy eyelids are hereditary.

Q – What does the consultation for eyelid surgery entail?
During your consultation with Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) specialists Dr. Solieman or Dr. Litner you will discuss your complete medical history. You should check your own records and prepare this information before the consultation. Be sure to include information about any medications you are taking, any allergies you have, whether or not you smoke, and any medical conditions you may have including dry eye, insufficient tears, thyroid problems, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders, a detached retina, or glaucoma. The doctor will examine you and ask about your vision, use of lenses, and tear production. Your goals and realistic expectations will be discussed, and the details of the procedure will be explained including the technique, the facility, the anesthesia, the recovery, the risks, and the costs.

Q – Where do Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman perform Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)?
Eyelid Surgery is commonly performed as an outpatient procedure. All outpatient procedures for Los Angeles and Beverly Hills eyelid surgery patients will be performed in our brand new, state of the art, fully accredited, office-based surgical facility located in Beverly Hills, California..

Q – What type of anesthesia will be used for my eyelid surgery?
Blepharoplasty specialist Dr. Solieman and Dr. Litner commonly perform upper eyelid surgery with local anesthesia combined with oral or intravenous sedation. For lower eyelid surgery, general anesthesia is typically used.

Q – How is the eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) performed?
Once anesthesia is administered, incisions are made which follow the natural lines of the eyelids. This is typically within the creases of the upper eyelids and just below the lashes of the lower eyelids. The incisions may, in some cases, extend into the crow’s feet or laugh lines at the corners of the eyes. The skin is then separated from the underlying muscle and fatty tissue, allowing excess fat to be removed and sagging skin and muscle to be trimmed. Fine sutures are then used to close the incisions. A transconjunctival blepharoplasty may be performed on patients who have just a pocket of fat beneath the lower eyelids and no excess skin. This involves an incision which is made inside of the lower eyelids and results in no visible scarring.

Q – How long does the Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) take to perform?
Eyelid surgery usually takes one to three hours to perform.

Q – Where are the incisions for blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)located?
The incisions for eyelid surgery are well concealed within the natural lines of the eyelids, including the creases of the upper lids and just below the lashes of the lower lids. For transconjunctival blepharoplasty, the incisions are made inside of the lower eyelids.

Q – Will I have scars after eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?
While the incisions made for eyelid surgery will result in scars, they tend to be well concealed within the creases of the upper lids and just below the lashes of the lower lids. Transconjunctival blepharoplasty leaves no visible scarring as the incisions are located inside of the lower eyelids.

Q – Will I be in much pain after undergoing eyelid surgery?
You may feel some discomfort after eyelid surgery as the eyelids may feel tight or sore. Medication can control any discomfort that you do experience.

Q – What is the recovery like after eyelid surgery?
Some swelling and bruising can be expected after eyelid surgery, and the bruising will fade within several days to two weeks. Keeping the head elevated and applying cold compresses can help to minimize swelling and discomfort. You will be instructed on the use of an ointment to prevent dryness of the eye area. During the first few weeks, sensitivity to light, excessive tearing, and blurred or double vision can occur. Contact lenses should not be worn for two weeks.

Q – How soon will I be able to return to work after my eyelid surgery?
Work can usually be resumed within about seven to ten days after eyelid surgery.

Q – When will the stitches be removed after my eyelid surgery?
Stitches are usually removed within three to five days unless self-absorbing sutures are used in which case they will dissolve on their own.

Q – Are there any risks associated with eyelid surgery?
As with all surgery, eyelid surgery does have potential risks which may include bleeding, difficulty in completely closing the eyes, dry eyes, infection, pulling down of the lower lids, slight asymmetry in healing or scarring, swelling at the corners of the eyelids, temporary blurred or double vision, and whiteheads.

Q – Is eyelid surgery covered by insurance?
Insurance generally does not cover the cost of eyelid surgery unless it can be proven that drooping eyelids are interfering with vision.Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) patients should be sure to check with their own insurance carrier.