The thin skin around the eyes is often the first area of the face to show signs of aging and stress. Wrinkles and sagging skin around our eyes can make us look tired and older than we feel. Puffy pouches of fat in the upper or lower lids create an exhausted appearance, and excessive skin in the upper eyelid can even interfere with vision. Heavy upper eyelids are often a combination of excess skin and bulging underlying fat. These undesirable eyelid problems can be easily remedied by eyelid surgery.
Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Montegut can help you look dramatically younger and more rested through eyelid lift surgery. If sagging eyelids are interfering with your vision, then an eyelid lift can widen your visual field, creating less strain on your eyes.
Eyelid lift surgery (blepharoplasty) is done on an outpatient basis in our Newport Beach facility either with local or general anesthesia. An incision is made in the upper lid approximately where the natural crease of the eye lies, excess fat and skin is removed. When the incision is closed and healed it appears virtually unnoticeable. The lower eyelid can be addressed in a similar manner with a transconjunctival approach wherein the incision is placed inside the lower lid and the excess fat teased out, or by an incision just below the lash line if the removal of excess skin is desired.
All sutures are usually removed within a few days. Initial mild discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Bruising and sensitivity to light last at least a week or two, and swelling progressively disappears. Eye makeup can be used after sutures are removed, and contact lenses can be worn when comfortable.