When time and life experiences leave their mark in the form of drooping and sagging eyelids, many people begin to explore their options for surgical restoration and rejuvenation. Drs. Marc Soares and Julio Soares at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara, California, are experts in blepharoplasty, a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat and lift the lids into a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing position. To learn more, contact the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation today.
During the blepharoplasty procedure, the surgeon makes tiny incisions within your natural eyelid creases, which ensures any minor scarring is well-hidden after you heal. Once access is made, excess skin and fat are removed, and the incision is neatly closed using sutures. You’ll need to return following the procedure to have your stitches removed.
You’ll experience some minor swelling following the surgery, which makes it difficult to get a good visual of your results. Once the swelling subsides a few days after surgery, you’ll begin to see your improved appearance.
Blurred vision, watery eyes, swelling, bruising, and tenderness are common following eyelid surgery. These symptoms can be managed using over-the-counter pain relievers or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen and resolve in just a few days.
Eyelid surgery is not designed to correct crow’s feet (the fine lines at the outer corner of each eye) or sagging brows. Other procedures can adequately address these concerns.
Yes, Drs. Soares and Soares are experienced in Asian blepharoplasty, a procedure in which a crease is made to modify the upper lid. If you’re interested in Asian blepharoplasty, contact our office today to schedule your consultation appointment.
While the procedure is most commonly performed on patients over 50 years old, some younger patients request blepharoplasty to correct their natural eyelid anatomy, which may appear droopy or atrophied. There is no “right” age for blepharoplasty; rather, Drs. Soares and Soares evaluate each patient individually to make a customized recommendation for treatment.
As with all surgical procedures, you should expect minor scarring to occur as a result of your eyelid surgery. However, because the incisions are small and carefully made within the natural creases of your eyelid, it is unlikely your scars would be visible or noticeable to others. You can gain a better understanding by viewing before and after photos provided at our office.