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Blepharoplasty Basics

Blepharoplasty, otherwise known as eye surgery, decreases wrinkles and bagginess in the lower and upper eyelids. Typically, eyelid surgery is requested by individuals 35 and older. If baggy eyelids run in your family, you may want to get the procedure sooner.
Why people choose to get Blepharoplasty: As you age, your skin will automatically lose its elasticity. When this happens, gravity will pull the skin down, causing it to gather on the upper and lower eyelids. Extra skin on the eyelids can create wrinkles and bulges in the skin. In extreme cases, an additional skin fold can droop over the eyelashes and obscure vision.
Am I a good candidate? If you are in general good health and have proper expectations about eyelid surgery, Blepharoplasty may be for you. Most patients who undergo this procedure are over the age of 35. In extreme cases where skin bulges or an eyelid fold is hindering vision, the surgery may be done earlier. If you want to improve your appearance by eliminating drooping eyelids, schedule a consultation with your doctor. This will give you the opportunity to voice your goals and have a clear understanding of what the surgery can do, and can’t do, for you.
Are the results of Blepharoplasty permanent? Surgery on the upper eyelid can last up to five years. Normally, your lower eyelids will never need a repeat surgery. Post procedure, your eyes will still naturally age, but you will certainly notice a difference. In some cases, a forehead lift may be a better option to pursue instead of eyelid surgery.
What happens during a Blepharoplasty surgery? The full surgery will take about two hours if lower and upper eyelids are done at the same time. Local anesthesia or IV sedation will be administered. For the upper lid, the surgeon will cut along the natural lines of your eyelid to remove extra skin and fat. These cuts are then closed with small stitches that will stay in for up to six days. For the lower lid, the surgeon may cut inside of it to access and remove excess fat. As you recover from the surgery, bruising and swelling are likely, but this will disappear within two weeks.
At Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center, we endeavor to help you meet your cosmetic goals. If you have questions about Blepharoplasty or any other service we offer, contact us at 510-724-8282(Pinhole) or 415-461-5755 (Larkspur) to schedule an appointment with Dr. Armen Serebrakian.

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