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Eyelid Surgery

The goal of an “eyelift” or blepharoplasty is to recreate the natural contours of a youthful, rested eyelid, in eyes that have developed skin excess, bags, or drooping secondary to senescence (aging), genetic predisposition, or accelerated photo-aging.

What To Expect

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The Preparation

During the pre-operative consultation, Dr. Vallecillos will assess your eyes and review your medical history. Please bring the following to your consult:

- Results of any recent eye tests from your opthamologist

- Contact lenses or glasses if you wear them

- Relevant health records related to the conditions above.

To prepare for blepharoplasty, you should discontinue the use of blood-thinning vitamins, herbs, and medications for two weeks before the surgery. If you smoke cigarettes, you should quit for at least two weeks before and after surgery. If you are over the age of 45, medical clearance by an independent physician may be required before undergoing surgery.

The Procedure

Anesthesia

Depending on the type(s) of procedures being performed, a local anesthetic, IV sedation, or a general anesthetic will be administered.

The Procedure

Enormous strides have been made in blepharoplasty, with a trend towards conservatism. Excess fat is carefully resected and in appropriate cases, repositioned throughout the eye to impart a youthful fullness to the eye. Muscle is typically spared, avoiding dated techniques that left patients with an inanimate, unnatural expression.In general, the procedure lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.Often, patients who present with sagging over the eyelids in fact need a brow lift instead of blepharoplasty. Browliftsare almost exclusively performed by an endoscopic approach, allowing for minimal incisions and precise repositioning of the brow to its more youthful state.Several ancillary procedures exist that can augment the results of your blepharoplasty. Dr. Vallecillos will discuss beforehand which option is best for you, given your specific diagnosis and circumstances.

The Recovery

Sunglasses should be worn immediately after surgery, as eyes may be sensitive to light. Patients should arrange to have friends, family members, or other caregivers available to help during the first week after surgery. During this period, you’ll want to limit your activities. Refrain from strenuous activity for at least two weeks. Sutures are usually removed 5-7 days after surgery. Dr. Vallecillos will provide you with aftercare instructions that include proper eye hygiene, head elevation, and cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a candidate for blepharoplasty?

You should consider blepharoplasty if you are a healthy adult and non-smoker seeking realistic rejuvenation of the upper and lower eyelids and surrounding areas. The procedure can also be used to treat patients who may have excess skin obscuring the upper eyelid fold, Asian patients who want a defined upper or “double” eyelid crease, and patients with hollows or “dark circles” around their lower lids.

Patients who suffer from serious eye conditions should not undergo blepharoplasty. Be sure to tell Dr. Vallecillos if you suffer from thyroid disorders, such as Grave’s disease or an overactive thyroid, cardiovascular and circulatory disorders, hypertension or diabetes.

Are there risks or side effects with blepharoplasty?

Complications from eyelid surgery are extremely rare, but can include bleeding, infection, dry eye, damage to underlying structures, eyelid retraction or ectropion, and the need for revision surgery. Carefully following Dr. Vallecillos’ recommendations, both before and after surgery, will minimize your risk of complications.

How long do the results last?

Results from blepharoplasty will usually last for years. Procedures such as Botox Cosmetic, IPLs, laser treatments, and good skincare can help. However, the aging process will eventually render additional procedures necessary in order to maintain results.

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