Your Blepharoplasty at PROFILES Beverly Hills
If you often look or feel tired or heavy around the eyes, it may be because of drooping upper eyelids and/or puffy under-eye bags. These signs of aging may be making you appear older and more tired than you actually feel, and sagging upper eyelids can actually interfere with vision. Believe it or not, the effects of age are often seen as early as in your mid thirties, often starting around the eyes.
More than one hundred thousand people undergo eyelid surgery each year in order to improve their appearance. Traditional cosmetic eyelid surgery, known technically as blepharoplasty, often involves the removal of excess fat from the upper and lower eyelids along with excess skin and muscle. Newer techniques focus instead on reducing hollows around the eyes by restoring fat volume, thus creating a firmer, more youthful and refreshed look around the eyes.
Unlike many other centers that only perform one type of eyelid surgery; your PROFILES Blepharoplasty will be an individualized procedure. Drs. Solieman and Litner will utilize state of the art, time proven techniques which are uniquely tailored to you based upon your individual anatomy and your individual goals.
During your personal PROFILES Blepharoplasty consultation, Drs. Litner and Solieman will evaluate your eyes, brow, eyelids, and skin in order to tailor your surgery to you. There are some decisions which will need to be made including whether both the upper and lower lids should be treated, whether skin will need to be removed along with fat, and whether or not an additional procedure will better help you to achieve your goals. Photographs will be taken so our doctors can further study your face and eyes and, utilizing state of the art computer imaging systems, we will show you what we can achieve for you. In fact, for those of you who want to see the difference between a blepharoplasty surgery and a browlift, we can even show you that.
During your PROFILES consultation with Beverly Hills and Los Angeles Blepharoplasty specialists Drs. Litner and Solieman, we will ask you to provide your medical history and will focus on conditions you have that may affect your surgery, including thyroid problems, dry eye, lack of sufficient tears, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, glaucoma, or a detached retina. You will be examined and asked questions regarding your vision, tear production, and use of lenses. Moreover, in order to take every precaution, prior to your eyelid lift surgery we will ask that you have a complete ophthalmologic evaluation to check for these issues.
For those of you who have impaired vision due to your drooping eyelids, we will do our utmost to work with you in order to have your health insurance help cover your eyelid surgery.
A concern with any surgery is the visibility of scars. Drs. Litner and Solieman at PROFILES Beverly Hills hide all of your incisions within your natural creases in order to maximally conceal them. Generally, this means the incisions follow the natural lines of the eyelids located within the creases of the upper eyelids or just below the lashes of the lower eyelids. In some cases, the incisions can extend into the laugh lines at the corners of the eyes or into the crow’s feet.
If you only have laxity of skin and muscle beneath the lower eyelids with no significant hollowing, Drs. Litner and Solieman will recommend a traditional blepharoplasty with tightening of the skin and muscle. At other times, the problem is not actually bulging fat pockets, but actually hollowing and loss of volume below the eyelids. In these cases, adding back some of your own fat to this area can really do wonders in recreating a more youthful and rested eyelid appearance. You can find more information about Facial Fat Transfer on our Fat Transfer page. Of course, our doctors will take the time to discuss which of these eyelid lift techniques will best accomplish your unique goals.
Preparing For Your PROFILES Beverly Hills Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Prior to your PROFILES Beverly Hills Blepharoplasty, Drs. Litner and Solieman doctors will describe all details of your eyelid surgery. You will also be given specific instructions on preparing for your surgery, including guidelines for eating and drinking, vitamin and medication intake, smoking, and after care.
Please be sure that while preparing for your eyelid surgery, you arrange for someone to give you a ride home after your procedure, as you will be able to go home the same day as your surgery.
Beverly Hills PROFILES Surgery Center
All of our outpatient procedures including Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) are performed in our state of the art, fully accredited, office-based surgical facility – the Profiles Surgery Center, serving the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles area.
Anesthesia For Your Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Here at PROFILES Beverly Hills, we utilize only board certified anesthesiologists for all our surgeries. You will have a chance to meet with your anesthesiologist prior to your procedure and you will have the opportunity to voice any questions or concerns you may have.
We have found that most of our patients comfortably tolerate upper eyelid surgery under local anesthesia, which numbs the eye area. Occasionally, we will also utilize oral or intravenous sedation along with the local anesthesia. While you will be awake during your eyelid surgery, you will be insensitive to pain and you will feel relaxed. On the other hand, for those of you interested in lower eyelid surgery, with or without fat injection, we generally recommend general anesthesia.
After Your Eyelid Surgery at PROFILES Beverly Hills
Most of our patients describe feeling tight the night of surgery but rarely is pain an issue. You will be provided with pain medications should you need them both during the first night and, if ever necessary, for the days that follow.
Dr. Solieman and Dr. Litner will check on you that first night after surgery and will see you in the office the day following surgery. Your progress will be closely followed during the first weeks, and you will be given a list of activities that should be avoided in the weeks after surgery. The stitches will be removed within one week, while self-absorbing stitches will dissolve on their own.
All of your follow-up appointments will be scheduled ahead of your Blepharoplasty surgery, so that you do not have to worry about making those appointments. And we are so committed to your long term results and happiness, that we will follow your postoperative course even years after your blepharoplasty surgery.