For people struggling with drooping, sagging, or puffy eyes, there is help available. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that can repair wrinkles, reduce drooping, eliminate eyelid bags, and more. Eyelid surgery can repair tissues damaged by sunlight, genetic factors, and age.
Dr. Hung is a triple board-certified doctor (in plastic surgery, internal medicine, and dermatology) who operates out of Pasadena and Newport Beach. Dr. Hung is a world-class plastic surgeon and one of only a handful of people with three board certifications. His plastic surgery practice operates on patients around the world.
Eyelid surgery can smooth loose, crepey skin on the eyelids and around the eyes. Crow’s feet and similar wrinkles can be smoothed out for a more youthful appearance. This facial surgery can also restore or create a crease in the upper eyelid.
Displaced fat in the eyelids creates the appearance of a puffy or baggy eye. Blepharoplasty can remove or reposition this fat to eliminate puffiness and under-eye bags. It may also reduce the presence of dark circles under the eyes and make eyes appear wider and more expressive.
During upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made along or above the eyelid crease. The incision is placed to ensure that any scarring is invisible so long as the eye is open. Once the incision is made, Dr. Hung will remove or reposition fat deposits and remove excess skin. Patients with upper eyelid hooding (causing eyelids to droop over the open eye) may have that issue corrected. The incision will be sealed with sutures or skin glue.
Lower eyelid surgery targets bags and puffiness under the eyes as well as loose skin in the lower lid. The incision for lower eyelid surgery is typically made just below the lash line. This placement results in scarring that is discreet and easily concealed using makeup. Sagging skin and fat deposits are removed or adjusted depending on the patient’s desired results. The incision will be sealed with sutures or skin glue.
Immediately following your eyelid surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising, or irritation around the incisions and the eyes in general. These symptoms may be treated with over-the-counter medications, compresses, and ointments. Functional recovery and the removal of any stitches usually occur within the first week following treatment. Aesthetically, your eyes will likely appear normal within 10 to 14 days. It may take up to six months for the healing process to complete. During that period, sun protection (including the use of sunglasses) will be necessary.
Eyelid surgery can permanently correct certain conditions and restore a more youthful, alert, and vibrant appearance to your eyes. However, it does not inhibit aging or the signs thereof post-procedure. As such, new wrinkles and other features may develop again over time. Proper sun protection, skincare, and lifestyle changes can ensure that your eyes remain satisfactory for years to come.
Scarring for both upper and lower eyelid surgery is discreet, easily concealable, and generally minor after two weeks.
The cost of your eyelid procedure will depend on several factors, including surgical fees, anesthesia fees, and techniques used. Dr. Hung will provide you with an eyelid surgery cost estimate during your consultation.
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are in good health and have realistic expectations of their results. During your consultation, Dr. Hung will go over your past medical history and examine the condition of your eyes. Be sure to mention any medical conditions you have and medications you’re taking that may impede the healing process.
An eyelid lift generally takes between one and two hours to complete depending on the extent of the surgery and the addition of other procedures. Initial recovery times vary between five and 14 days.
Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, usually under general anesthesia. You may ask Dr. Hung about options for localized anesthesia and sedation during your consultation.
While not a replacement for corrective eye procedures, eyelid surgery can correct vision impairments caused by sagging or swollen eyelids that obstruct your line of sight. Eyelid surgery is not a replacement for prescription glasses, contacts, or LASIK surgery.
While eyelid surgery can be performed alone, it is often done in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation techniques to create a smoother and more even result. Commonly combined procedures include:
As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection, noticeable scarring, and injury to the affected areas. Other risks associated with eyelid surgery include: