Pasadena Plastic Surgery
Michael Schwartz, MD
Cosmetic Surgeon & Facial Plastic Surgeon located in Pasadena, CA
Your eyes reveal who you are, and you rely on them to express yourself and communicate your emotions. If sagging eyebrows, drooping eyelids, or bags under your eyes are preventing your eyes from showing your true self to the world, it can have an impact on your self-confidence. Michael Schwartz, MD, at Pasadena Plastic Surgery in Pasadena, California, is a board-certified facial plastic and cosmetic surgeon with extensive skills performing upper and lower eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty. For a lift to your eyes that looks beautifully natural, book your consultation online or by phone today.
Blepharoplasty Q & A
What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that addresses drooping eyelids, sagging eyebrows, and bags under your eyes. Aging can cause the skin around your eyes to stretch, and your eyelid muscles to weaken. Blepharoplasty removes excess skin and tightens muscle tissue, resulting in younger looking eyes and eyelids.
What are the benefits of blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery offers improvements in the area around your eyes, such as:
- Lifts the outer eyelids
- Reduces puffiness beneath the eyes
- Makes eyes appear more open and alert
- Fills out hollows under eyes
There are just some examples of the benefits of blepharoplasty. It can also remove sagging skin that interferes with peripheral vision.
What should I expect during a blepharoplasty procedure?
Dr. Schwartz performs blepharoplasty as an outpatient procedure, usually under a local anesthetic. For upper eyelid surgery, he makes an incision along the folds of your upper eyelid, where it will be hidden after it’s healed. For lower eyelid surgery, he makes the incision on the inside of your lower eyelid. Both upper and lower eyelid surgery can be performed in one procedure.
You’ll spend some time recovering after your procedure, and then you’ll go home the same day.
What will my recovery be like after blepharoplasty?
You can expect some bruising and swelling following your eyelid surgery, but postoperative pain is usually minimal.
The team at Pasadena Plastic Surgery gives you detailed instructions for at-home care following your procedure. You’ll need to apply ice packs to your eyes, and you’ll have oral and topical antibiotics to prevent infections.
You may have some side effects like watery eyes and increased sensitivity to light, but these usually subside quickly. It takes about two weeks for swelling to subside so you can begin to see the results of your blepharoplasty. It may take a few months for complete recovery and the full effects to be visible.
Am I a good candidate for blepharoplasty?
If you’re in good overall health and able to undergo a minor surgical procedure, you’re likely a candidate for blepharoplasty. A consultation with Dr. Schwartz, which includes a physical exam, detailed health history, and discussion of your concerns and goals, can verify if you’re a good candidate for eyelid surgery.
For a consultation with Dr. Schwartz, call Pasadena Plastic Surgery or book an appointment online today.