Upper Blepharoplasty in LA, SF and Orange County
As you get older, your face begins to show your age better than any other part of your body. With so much focus on the eyes, the eyelids can be one of your primary sources that contribute to signs of aging. Upper Blepharoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that operates on the eyelid and is therefore often referred to as eyelid surgery or an eye and brow lift.
Upper Eyelid surgery can be beneficial for men and women who are wanting to improve eye conditions and the appearance of their upper eyelids. Blepharoplasty can be performed for those wishing to achieve a more youthful look or to make their eyes seem bigger or wider.
At Wave Plastic Surgery, we offer upper eyelid surgery for clients concerned about the effects of aging, as well as specialized methods for Asian eyelid surgery. During your consultation, a Wave Plastic Surgeon will help you determine a proper surgical procedure plan for your aesthetic goals.
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Upper eyelid surgery at Wave
Upper eyelid surgery is one of our most popular cosmetic procedures performed here in Los Angeles. People suffering from droopy eyelids or excess skin and fat can often appear older, always tired, dry eyes, or even sad or angry.
Our upper eyelid surgery patients tell stories of how they are always asked about being tired despite feeling well-rested, how others assume they are older than they are, or even of how others avoid them because of the assumption they are in a bad mood. If this sounds like you, you may be a good candidate for upper eyelid surgery with one of our trained Los Angeles plastic surgeons.
We also commonly perform a modified version of the upper eyelid surgery for patients of Asian descent who are looking for a more significant and broader appearance of their eyes. Visit our Asian Blepharoplasty page for more information.
How is Upper eyelid surgery Performed?
For your upper eyelid surgery, we will make a discreet incision along the natural folds of your upper eyelid skin. From here, we can carefully remove any excess skin or tissue to improve any drooping or sagging of the lid.
Once your incisions are closed, you may return home under the care of a loved one. While the recovery may be uncomfortable at first, days after surgery, our patients often have no regrets once they see their results in the mirror. The look of aged and sagging skin will be gone and in its place, a younger, brighter appearance.
Types of Upper Eyelid Surgery
We offer a variety of different types of upper eyelid surgery for clients concerned about different aspects of their appearance. Wave has created specialized methods for your aesthetic goals.
Patients seeking a more refreshed, rejuvenated, and natural facial appearance may benefit from an upper blepharoplasty procedure. The eyes are often the first point of facial visual contact. Having poorly defined, loosely shaped eyelids can make one appear tired and older than you may feel. Multiple reasons can cause sagging, loose eyelids to develop, including aging, stretched out skin, or genetic predisposition.
Frequently Asked Questions About Eyelid Surgery
The eyelid surgery is ambulatory, so patients return home the day of the surgery. After 5 days, the sutures are removed, and any swelling will quickly subside. The swelling usually dissipates completely 2 weeks after the Blepharoplasty. Patients typically return to work a week after the surgery.
The average price for eyelid surgery, or Blepharoplasty, is around $4,000 for upper eyelid surgery and $5,000 for lower eyelid surgery. Most Plastic Surgeons will bundle upper and lower eyelid surgery for a discounted price.
Dark circles or “bags” under the eyes are treated with lower eyelid surgery if they are the result of shadowing due to bulging or fat or sagging skin. If the dark circles are the result of pigmentation changes, skin lightening creams or light chemical peels may be able to treat the issue.
The development of wrinkles around the eyes is a natural part of aging. Over time, the skin around the eyes becomes less elastic, which causes the eyelids to droop. Once this process begins, a person may start tensing their forehead muscles to lift their drooping eyelids. This can cause headaches and fatigue. If you are experiencing these symptoms, or want a more youthful, energetic look, you may be a good candidate for a blepharoplasty.
Eyelid surgery typically begins with local anesthesia to numb the area, along with light intravenous sedation. Patients remain awake, but stay comfortable and do not experience any pain during the procedure. After any surgical procedure, some discomfort can be expected. All patients are provided with prescriptions for pain medication. Patients typically have very mild discomfort after their eyelid procedures.
Eyelid skin is the thinnest skin on the body. As such, it heals more quickly than any other skin on the body. The incisions made during an eye lift procedure are made along the eye’s natural creases. These incisions will heal quickly and be almost imperceptible and are typically only visible when the eyes are closed.
Blepharoplasty is a relatively quick and non-invasive cosmetic procedure. A plastic surgeon can perform the upper Blepharoplasty in an hour and the lower Blepharoplasty in another hour.
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