Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) in Los Angeles, CA
Your eyes are the focus of your face, they attract attention and communicate emotion, and it’s important that you are personally happy and satisfied with the appearance of your eyes every time you look in the mirror. If you want to improve the appearance of your eyes with eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, Michael Schwartz, M.D., a board certified facial plastic surgeon and diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery offers blepharoplasty or eyelid procedures for those patients who live in and around Los Angeles, Pasadena and the surrounding communities of California.
What is Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)?
Your eyes reveal and express who you are, and in our interpersonal interactions, people spend a great deal of time looking at our eyes, which is why caring for the aesthetic appearance of our eyes is so very important. We speak and convey emotion while looking at each other’s eyes and it is for this reason that so many patients turn to Dr. Schwartz for eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, which is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can help a person look more rested, attractive, and youthful.
Benefits of Blepharoplasty (Eyelid surgery)
Your eyelids are often the area where the effects of aging may first become apparent. These effects can make a person look tired or older than their actual age, and they may occasionally obstruct peripheral vision. The upper eyelid skin slowly thins and becomes redundant over time, while the lower lid skin loses elasticity. Fat pockets become prominent, causing the “bags” seen beneath the eyes.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Dr. Schwartz performs both upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty for Los Angeles patients at our Pasadena, California, practice. He performs blepharoplasty of the upper eyelid with a specially designed incision that allows for lifting of the tissues at the outer edge of the eyelids. He designs this incision in an upward sloping pattern to avoid the sad look that sometimes results from trimming upper lid skin and then abruptly ending the incision at the outer edge of the eyelids. This upward lifting design achieves a more natural, “happier” appearance, and the line from the incision heals and disappears.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty of the lower eyelid is performed through what is called the transconjunctival approach. This is a discreet surgical approach that involves making incisions inside the lining of the lower eyelid after anesthetizing it and then trimming the fat compartments causing prominence in the lower eyelid. In using this technique, there is no skin incision required, which reduces the incidence of complications from blepharoplasty such as scleral show (exposure of the white of the eye) and ectropion (rolling outwards of the lower eyelid). Occasionally, if there is redundant skin in the lower lid, a small pinch of skin will be taken just below the lashes and, when done conservatively, this too poses minimal risk of scleral show or ectropion. In the case of too much laxity of the lower lid, Dr. Schwartz may elect to perform a tightening of the lid called canthopexy or canthoplasty. In many patients, the fat in the lower lid is ‘transferred’ down into the groove or “tear trough” just below the fat pockets which serves both to eliminate the ‘puffiness’ of the lower lids and augment the area just beneath where aging changes often cause a depression.
What is the Recovery from Blepharoplasty?
During your eyelid surgery recovery, saline drops, and cold compresses will be applied. There is some bruising and swelling following blepharoplasty, but there is usually minimal or no postoperative pain.
You will be given specific instructions by Dr. Schwartz that will include how to care for your eyes, medications to apply or take orally to aid in the healing and to reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your overall health, and when to follow-up with Dr. Schwartz.
Who is a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
The effects of blepharoplasty can dramatically enhance a patient’s overall appearance. Your eyes communicate, express and disclose you to the world, which is why if you are unhappy with the appearance of your eyes, it is wise to consult with a true facial plastic surgery expert to learn more about eyelid surgery and if it is right for you.
How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost in Pasadena, CA?
The cost of your blepharoplasty with Dr. Schwartz varies depending on the scope of work and is individualized to you and your needs depending on your unique problem areas. As with most elective cosmetic procedures, insurance carriers do not typically cover blepharoplasty, but Dr. Schwartz’s office makes the procedure affordable by offering easy financing through Alphaeon Credit, Prosper® Healthcare Lending, and CareCredit® in addition to accepting payments in the form of cash, personal checks, and credit cards.
If you live in or around Los Angeles, Pasadena or the surrounding communities of California, please contact board certified facial plastic surgeon, Michael Schwartz, M.D., a diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery to find out if a blepharoplasty is right for you.