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The Eyes Have It — Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid SurgeryThe “ayes have it” may be a fixture of parliamentary procedure, but in the human world, the eyes have it. Why? When asked, most people say the eyes are the first thing they notice when looking at another person, particularly for the first time.

Unfortunately, the skin around the eyes is some of the first on the face to show the signs of aging. There are a couple reasons for this. First, the face and eye area is exposed all the time to sun, wind, and the elements. It’s not like we’re covering up our face like we do the rest of the body. Plus, the skin around the eyes is among the thinnest on the entire human body. Because of this, sun and environmental damage shows itself all too easily. Plus, fat deposits, loosening skin, and other issues can leave a person with droopy, sagging, puffy, wrinkled skin around the eyes, and with it, a much older appearance.

What does Blepharoplasty improve?

But blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery, with Dr. Serebrakian can take years, if not decades, off the appearance of your eyes. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the underlying muscles as needed to return a younger, more rested look to the eyes.

Eyelid surgery can truly be one of the most productive ways to takes years off your appearance. Maybe that’s why every year in cosmetic surgery statistics, blepharoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries. Results are dramatic, yet at the same time subtle. Unlike more dramatic procedures such as breast augmentation or a facelift, after you’ve had eyelid surgery most people won’t know you’ve had surgery, only that you somehow seem younger and more refreshed.

Is eyelid surgery right for me?

Eyelid surgery is one procedure that is popular with both women and men. Drooping eyelids, wrinkles, and puffy bags under your eyes show no favoritism by sex — they make everyone look much older. In fact, in 2015 eyelid surgery was the most popular surgery for men, helping them keep up with younger counterparts in the workplace.

What to expect during Eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery can be performed on both eyelids or singly, depending on your personal condition. Because of this, surgery can run anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours. Many patients also combine eyelid surgery with another facial procedure such as a facelift for a total facial rejuvenation. You can discuss your options with Dr. Serebrakian during your consultation.

Blepharoplasty is a delicate surgery that involves small incisions. In upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Serebrakian makes a small incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. This conceals any scarring. He then tightens the muscle tissue, repositions the fat, and removes excess skin. Special attention is paid to the fat because removing too much fat can leave a hollowed out appearance.

In the lower eyelid, the incision is usually made just below the lower eyelash. An alternative location can be making the incision inside the lower lid, removing any visible scarring. Excess skin is removed to lessen wrinkles, bags, and general puffiness in this area.

Eyelid surgery recovery

Eyelid surgery with Dr. Serebrakian doesn’t require a difficult, lengthy recovery. After the procedure, your eyelids will likely be covered with light gauze. You will be given an eye lubricant and a cold compress. Bruising and swelling is minor, particularly if you are diligent with the compress. After a week, your stitches are removed and your eyelids generally will look normal, only younger! Most of our Bay Area Laser Cosmetic patients return to work in just a few days after their eyelid surgery.

Schedule a consultation

Eyelid surgery is one of our most effective methods for truly turning back the clock on your facial aging. Call Dr. Serebrakian and schedule your consultation today, 510-724-8282 (East Bay) or 415-461-5755 (North Bay).

Tips and tricks that can liven up your tired eyes

From fillers and Botox to lasers and radiofrequency, the amazing world of non-surgical cosmetic treatment options just keep getting bigger — and better. But even with all the modern non-surgical methods for freshening and improving your appearance, blepharoplasty, or an eyelid lift, is really the only method for curing droopy eyelids and bags that can become permanent as we age.

But we’ve all experienced puffy eyes and dark circles that can appear when we’re sick, tired or struggling with allergies. So there are steps you can take to improve the appearance of swollen- and tired-looking eyes. Here are some proven fixes:

Start by getting more sleep

Lack of sleep is known to cause bags and dark circles under the eyes. Seven to 8 hours a night is the adult recommendation.

Don’t sleep flat on your back (or on your face)

Slightly elevate your head when sleeping. That way, gravity can reduce the swelling caused by fluid accumulation.

Manage your allergies

Allergies are one of the common causes of puffiness and bags under the eyes. So make sure you take the right medications to manage them, and avoid exposure to your known allergens.

Try your grandmother’s remedy

Believe it or not, slices of cold cucumber can relieve puffiness and bags. (Or try a cold washcloth.) However, don’t apply ice directly to your delicate eye skin.

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Sometimes the skin around your eyes appears baggy simply because it’s dry and irritated. And you don’t have to use expensive skin products. Even an inexpensive drug store cream with limited ingredients can effectively hydrate the skin around your eyes.

The quick fix

For a same-day solution, makeup can temporarily improve the appearance of the skin under your eyes.

Make an appointment with Dr. Serebrakian by calling (510) 724-8282 or (415) 461-5755
It’s true that blepharoplasty is the most effective way to restore a more youthful look to your eyelids. But at Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery, we also offer procedures such as chemical peels, laser resurfacing and dermal fillers that may help. Call us to see what will work best for you.

The Benefits of an Asian Eyelid Lift

asian eyelid liftIf you’re suffering from hooded or baggy eyelids, you may feel like there’s not enough sleep in the world for you to eliminate the constant fatigued expression you may be wearing.  Unfortunately, for many people of Asian descent, this has nothing to do with sleep, and everything to do with genetics.  These individuals often have hooded eyelids, which can create the appearance that they’re tired, fatigued, or sleepy.  It can be very frustrating, especially for professionals who want to look alert and focused, or for individuals who want to shave years off of their appearance.

For those clients who want to eliminate the look of hooded or drooping eyelids, it’s time to discover the restorative powers of a traditional blepharoplasty, or an Asian eyelid lift.  At Bay Area Laser Surgery Center (located in Pinole and Larkspur), Dr. Armen Serebrakian, a double-certified plastic surgeon, specializes in performing Asian eyelid lifts for clients wishing to correct hooded or droopy eyelids.  What’s more, Dr. Serebrakian can perform the procedure under local anesthesia with sedation.  This ensures that clients can undergo this treatment without worrying about the aftereffects of anesthesia.

Candidates who qualify to undergo this procedure can expect to enjoy the following benefits:

  • You’ll have your vision restored.  Many people who have hooded or droopy eyelids find it difficult to enjoy their full field of vision.  By undergoing an Asian eyelid lift, clients can enjoy their full field of vision again, as well as a more youthful and revitalized appearance.
  • There’s minimal recovery time associated with this procedure.  Because it’s performed under local anesthesia, patients recover quickly and are able to go back to their normal routines faster.  If you can’t take off more than a few days of work for an eyelid lift, Dr. Serebrakian’s procedure may just be what the doctor ordered.
  • As the procedure isn’t performed under general anesthesia, this means that patients won’t run into potential complications.  Local anesthesia also makes it possible for Dr. Serebrakian to see how his work looks, which ensures you get the most accurate and desirable results possible.

Asian eyelid lifts can help you achieve the wide-eyed youthful appearance you want.  To learn more about the Asian eyelid lift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Serebrakian at Bay Area Laser Surgery Center today. You can reach our Pinole office (serving the East Bay, including Berkeley and Martinez) at (510)724-8282, and you can reach our Larkspur office (serving the North Bay, including San Francisco and all of Marin County) at (415)461-5755.



Enjoy An Eyelid Lift Procedure Without General Anesthesia

bay area non-surgical eyelid liftAn eyelid lift – also known as a blepharoplasty – is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes excess skin from the upper eyelid and eliminates sagging bags underneath the lower eyelid.  The combination of these two treatments produces a more alert and youthful-looking appearance, as patients no longer appear tired, lethargic, or older than their actual years.

Wondering if you’re a candidate?  An eyelid procedure is an ideal choice for individuals who are suffering from the following symptoms:

  • Your eyes appear “tired,” no matter how much sleep you get.
  • You have excessive skin hanging over your eyes, resulting in a “droopy” look.
  • You have dark circles or bags underneath your eyes.
  • You have puffy areas around your eyes.

Blepharoplasties are often performed under general anesthesia; however, Dr. Armen Serebrakian, double board-certified by the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery and American Board of Head & Neck Surgery, of The Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center, specializes in blepharoplasties under local anesthesia with sedation. The results are natural-looking, and patients often experience the following benefits:

  • Eyelid Lift Without General AnesthesiaRestored Vision:  For many patients, sagging eyes isn’t just dragging down their appearance; it’s also making it hard for them to enjoy total vision.  An eyelid lift can remove drooping skin that’s impairing your vision, resulting in your eyesight – and more youthful-looking eyes – being restored.
  • Enhanced Safety: For some individuals, general anesthesia represents a dangerous gamble, as this can have fatal results for a small number of patients who are suffering from obesity, have high blood pressure, are chronic smokers, and have a variety of other risk factors.  Local anesthesia makes it possible for you to undergo an eyelid lift without worrying about the consequences.

What’s more, local anesthesia makes it possible for patients to enjoy more than one cosmetic procedure at the same time.  For example, a patient who is undergoing an eyelid lift can also opt for a facelift or rhinoplasty within the same procedure.

  • Minimal Recovery Time:  As there’s no general anesthesia is being used, patients can recover from their procedures quickly, meaning that they can return back to work sooner than a surgical eyelid lift.  This is perfect for patients who can’t afford to take off more than a week of work to recovery from an eyelid lift surgery.

If you’d like to learn more about an eyelid lift procedure that’s performed without general anesthesia, schedule a consultation with Dr. Serebrakian at The Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center, serving the greater San Francisco area. Our East Bay office, located in Pinole, serves Martinez, Berkeley and Walnut Creek. Our North Bay office, located in Larkspur, serves San Francisco and Marin county.

To learn more just fill out the form in the top left corner, or call 510-724-8282 for our East Bay office or 415-461-5755 for our North Bay office.


Get a Refreshed and Youthful Look with a Laser Upper Eyelid Lift

Wondering how those beautiful Hollywood starlets manage to look so wide-eyed and youthful – even when they’re encroaching on their fiftieth birthday?

Here’s a big hint: you don’t have to write it off as genetics.  In fact, thanks to Dr. Armen Serebrakian’s revolutionary laser upper eyelid lift in San Francisco, CA, you can look just as refreshed and doe-eyed as the rich and famous.

Let’s face it: your busy professional life, active social life and less-than-ideal sleep schedule has been taking their toll on your eyes.  While makeup can help you achieve a temporary bright-eyed look, there’s no amount of concealer in the world that can hide sagging and droopy eyelids.  No matter how young you feel on the inside, there’s just no way you can let your youthful personality glow when you’re battling with aging and saggy eyelids.

So how can Dr. Serebrakian help you achieve a more youthful look with his laser upper eyelid lift procedure (otherwise known as blepharoplasty)?

After a consultation with Dr. Serebrakian, the treatment begins with local anesthesia, which is directly applied to the natural crease of the eye.  This ensures that you feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure, which typically lasts up to an hour.  Once the local anesthesia has been applied, laser incisions will be made along the eye’s crease.  This allows Dr. Serebrakian to effectively remove the excess fat that builds up over time, resulting in those undesirable drooping eyelids.  After removing this fat, Dr. Serebrakian will seal the blood vessels with the laser (this results in less bruising to the entire area) and stitch the crease back together.

As you can see, it’s a quick and painless procedure that can be done during your next afternoon off!

Unlike many cosmetic procedures, laser upper eyelid lifts usually require just a single treatment to achieve desirable results; additionally, these results can last for years.  In just an hour, you can achieve a refreshed appearance that will make your friends and family green with envy – and dying to know your secret to everlasting youth.

Blepharoplasty recovery times are generally quick; most patients can return to work in just a few days.  However, patients will need to be vigilant about their eye care, which includes cleaning the incision area and applying a healing ointment.  The eyes will also feel sensitive directly after the procedure, but this feeling usually fades in a few days.

If you’re ready to achieve a youthful and refreshed appearance and look decades younger, then make an appointment with Dr. Armen Serebrakian at the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center.  Once you experience the astonishing results of his laser upper eyelid lifts in San Francisco, CA, you’ll be convinced that you’ve found the Fountain of Youth!

Recapture Your Youth with a Laser Lower Eyelid Lift

Let’s face it: your lifestyle has taken its toll on your appearance.  But you don’t have to discover the Fountain of Youth to recapture your vitality – you just need Dr. Armen Serebrakian’s laser lower eyelid lifts in San Francisco, CA.

You have a busy life to lead – but that doesn’t mean you want to wear your sleepless nights, active social life and stressful professional life on your face.  Yet if you’re suffering with puffy and droopy lower eyelids, then that’s exactly what you’re doing.  No matter how young you may feel on the inside, no one will notice your youthful and exciting personality; they’ll only see the bags that are hanging from your eyes.

Fortunately, Dr. Serebrakian’s innovative laser lower eyelid lifts in San Francisco, CA can help you achieve a youthful and refreshed appearance that will make your family and friends green with envy – and begging to learn your secrets to permanently looking young.

So how exactly does a laser lower eyelid lift (also known as a blepharoplasty) work?

After a consultation with Dr. Serebrakian, a local anesthesia will be inserted in the natural crease of your eyelid, which is where the laser insertion will be made.  The local anesthesia prevents you from experiencing any pain or discomfort during the procedure, which can last around three hours.  Once the anesthesia has been applied to the area, Dr. Serebrakian will make an incision with the laser; this prevents bruising and bleeding, as the laser seals off the blood vessels in the lower eyelid.  After removing the fatty excess that has built up in the lower eyelid, Dr. Serebrakian will stitch the incision back together.

As you can see, a laser lower eyelid lift is quick, virtually painless and highly effective – in fact, many patients can return to work after just a few days of recovery. However, patients are still advised to be vigilant about their eye care, as they’ll need to keep the incision area clean.  Some patients may also experience eye sensitivity after the procedure, which usually fades within the first few days of recovery.

Patients typically require just one blepharosplasty procedure; additionally, the results from this innovative procedure can last for several years.  When compared with other cosmetic treatments, it really is the most cost-effective way of restoring a youthful glow to your face.

If you’re ready to achieve a youthful and refreshed appearance and look decades younger, then make an appointment with Dr. Armen Serebrakian at the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center.  Once you experience the astonishing results of his laser lower eyelid lifts in San Francisco, CA, you’ll be convinced that you’ve found the Fountain of Youth!

Larkspur (North Bay) Office

1000 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 461-5755

Pinole (East Bay) Office

1599 Tara Hills Dr
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 724-8282
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