Beverly Hills and Irvine Eyelid Surgery Specialist
Maher Anous, MD
Dr. Maher Anous is a Beverly Hills and Irvine plastic surgery specialist who offers eyelid surgery at his practice. In the paragraphs below he describes this procedure and how Beverly Hills and Irvine blepharoplasty patients have benefited from treatment.
Eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) is a corrective procedure that is intended to rejuvenate the middle third of the face, excluding the nose. Thus the eyebrows, eyelids and cheeks are all contributors to this region and should be included in the assessment. During the aging process, wrinkles, lines, and puffiness contribute to a tired or aged appearance. The blepharoplasty surgery is sometimes performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a facelift.
Whereas traditionally the eyelids were the only structures considered in a blepharoplasty, current trends tend to favor the inclusion of the mid-face (cheeks) in the rejuvenating process. This makes sense as the added support to the lower lids by superiorly relocating the displaced cheek structures allows for a more aggressive approach in the elimination of wrinkles and bags.
Reasons for Considering Eyelid Surgery:
Dark circles or bags under the eyes.
Excessive skin or wrinkles surrounding the eyelids.
A tired appearance or puffiness due to inherited factors.
The surgical procedure includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours around the eyes which should leave no visible scarring. The surgeon will usually work on the upper eyelids first to remove any fatty tissue and tighten loose skin. Lower eyelids are completed next to eliminate puffiness and reduce dark circles. Mid-face rejuvenation, if needed, is accomplished through the lower lid incision. Newer techniques may include Botox injections to firm fine lines and wrinkles.
The surgery generally takes about one to two hours . If additional cosmetic procedures are being performed, the eyelid surgery could last longer.
Normally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication. While complications are rare, you can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given after the surgery. The healing process for this procedure is generally rapid.