The eyes are a key part of our facial expression and the impression we make on others. Unfortunately, the delicate skin of the eyelids is often the first to show signs of aging. Wrinkled, puffy skin around the eyes can cause you to look tired, sad and worn out, even when you feel energetic and happy. Blepharoplasty, often called eyelid surgery, by Orange County plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Smith can reveal a more youthful, refreshed appearance.
If you are considering eyelid surgery in Orange County, request a FREE surgical consultation with Dr. Smith, or call our Irvine, Huntington Beach and Corona plastic surgery offices at (949) 653-7000.
What Eyelid Surgery Can Do for You
Dr. Smith performs this procedure on women and men from throughout Orange County who need blepharoplasty to correct:
- Sagging, wrinkled upper eyelids
- Excess upper lid skin that “hoods” the eyes
- Puffiness and bags beneath the eyes
Eyelid surgery is often combined with brow lift surgery for a full rejuvenation of the upper face.
Blepharoplasty can sometimes be performed in the office or at the Laguna Hills Surgery Center under general anesthesia or with IV sedation. The incision for upper eyelid surgery is very fine, and hidden in the natural crease of the lid. On the lower lid, the incision is just beneath the lash line or on the inside of the lid. Dr. Smith removes excess skin and contours the fat for a more youthful appearance. He may alter the tiny muscles in the area to improve and prolong results of your surgery. Tiny sutures are used to close the external incisions, and the eyes are dressed with ointment and bandages. The surgery typically takes 1 to 2 hours.
Your Recovery and Beyond
The night of surgery it is important to rest and recover. Ice packs or frozen peas applied on the surface can limit swelling. Keeping your head in an elevated position for the first 48 to 72 hours also will limit swelling.
Your eyes may be dry or particularly sensitive after your surgery, but eye drops and extra care should help. Most patients do not find the recovery painful, and discomfort is easily managed with over the counter or prescription medication. Activities that would elevate your blood pressure or cause stress should be strictly avoided during the first few weeks after surgery.
Most patients can return to work within 7 to 10 days, and enjoy full results from their surgery within 3 to 6 weeks.