Saggy or puffy eyelids can make you look constantly tired or sleepy. Droopy eyelids and puffy skin can also make you appear to be less youthful and vibrant. Fortunately, lifting your eyelids and achieving a rested, youthful appearance is easy. At Mark P. Solomon in Beverly Hills, California, we can enhance your appearance with eyelid surgery. Read on to learn how this fantastic procedure can transform your look.
What Should You Expect From Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a great way to dramatically transform your eyelids. Blepharoplasty is a customized procedure that can be used to enhance the appearance of your lower and upper eyelids.
Improving Your Lower Eyelids
It’s normal to develop puffy, droopy lower eyelids over time. Your genes can cause you to develop this issue at an early stage in your life. Alternatively, you might develop puffy, sagging eyelids as you age.
During an eyelid procedure, we will resolve this issue by removing unwanted fat from your eyelid area. In addition, we may lift loose skin around your lower eyelids.
Improving Your Upper Eyelids
As you age, your skin will become less elastic and strong. As a result, it’s common to develop sagging, loose skin on your upper eyelids over time. During your eyelid procedure, we will eliminate excess skin around your upper eyelids and give you a more awake, refreshed look.
In addition to eliminating unwanted skin, we may remove a very small amount of fat or muscle tissue during your procedure. Removing your unnecessary fat and muscle tissue will give your eyes an open, attractive appearance.
We can also use a blepharoplasty to minimize wrinkles and lines around your eyes.
How Should I Prepare for My Eyelid Procedure?
An Intial Consultation
Before we perform your eyelid procedure, you will have an initial consultation with Dr. Mark Solomon. During this meeting, he will examine your eyelids, talk about your aesthetic goals, and discuss your medical history. At this point, you should tell Dr. Solomon about any eyelid procedures that you’ve received in the past, as well as any health conditions that affect your eyes.
You should also tell him about any medications or supplements that you are taking. Dr. Solomon will use this information to determine whether you are a good candidate for an eyelid procedure. Depending on the condition of your eyelids, he may advise you to receive an additional procedure, such as a brow lift, to enhance your appearance. After he recommends a procedure, you can ask questions and discuss your concerns with him.
Getting Ready for Your Appointment
After your initial consultation, we will give you a detailed list of instructions to follow before your eyelid procedure. Although these instructions will be tailored to fit your individual situation, we are likely to advise you to stop taking anti-inflammatory medications and supplements for a couple of days. In addition, we may advise you to adjust the other medications that you are taking.
What Will My Eyelid Procedure Be Like?
A Comfortable Process
Under most circumstances, you will receive your procedure at our beautiful office in Beverly Hills, California. We will use anesthesia to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout your procedure.
Once the anesthesia has taken effect, we will make very small incisions in your target area. We will use these incisions to remove excess skin, fat, or muscle tissue from your eyelid area. Although your procedure will be customized, it’s normal for this process to take about one to two hours to complete.
An Outpatient Procedure
You’ll usually be able to return home after your procedure is finished. To protect your safety, you should have a friend or relative drive you home and stay with you during the next twenty-four hours.
How Long Will My Recovery Period Last?
This procedure is very gentle, and you will have a short recovery period. That said, your body will need some time to adjust to your eyelid procedure, and you will need to follow some easy aftercare instructions for a couple of weeks.
During the next several days, you should administer icepacks to your target area and elevate your head. Although you may heal at a different rate than other people, it’s common to return to your job and other duties in about seven to ten days. In addition, if you wear contact lenses, you will need to use glasses for about two weeks.
You should avoid engaging in rigorous exercise and other taxing physical activities during the next month. You will also need to visit our office for follow-up appointments. During these meetings, we will examine your eyelids and evaluate your body’s response to your procedure. We may also provide you with facial lymphatic massages. This type of massage will help you achieve more optimal results from your procedure.
When Will I See Improvements in My Eyelids?
Since your body will take some time to recover, you will not see the final results of your procedure immediately. That said, it’s common to see positive changes in your eyelids after a couple of weeks. You are likely to see the full effect of your procedure within a year.
How Long Will My Results Last?
A blepharoplasty is an ideal way to achieve lasting improvements in the appearance of your eyelids. Although your body’s response to your procedure will be unique, your improvements are likely to last for at least ten to fifteen years.
As you age, your skin will continue to lose strength and flexibility. As a result, you might need to receive another eyelid procedure to preserve your youthful, refreshed appearance.
Is This Procedure a Safe Way to Improve My Eyelids?
Blepharoplasty is an efficient, widely-used procedure with an excellent safety profile. Further, Dr. Solomon is a skilled medical professional who is a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
In addition, he has more than fifteen years of experience with aesthetic procedures. He will use this training and knowledge to perform your eyelid procedure in a safe, comfortable manner.
Will Insurance Pay for My Eyelid Procedure?
Under certain circumstances, your health insurance may cover the cost of your eyelid procedure. For instance, droopy eyelids can obstruct your vision and reduce your quality of life. If you are receiving an eyelid procedure to improve your vision or address another medical issue, your insurance policy may cover the cost of your treatment.
Will My Eyelid Procedure Create Visible Scars on My Face?
It’s common to worry that this procedure will create large, noticeable scars on your face. Fortunately, Dr. Solomon uses specialized techniques to prevent you from developing prominent scars.
During your procedure, he will make very small incisions in strategic locations below your bottom eyelashes or in the creases of your eyelids. These incisions will heal quickly, and you will not have noticeable scars once you have fully recovered from your procedure.
Can I Use Other Techniques to Improve the Appearance of My Eyelids?
In addition to blepharoplasty, we can use a variety of other methods to improve the appearance of your eyelids. In particular, we may advise you to use injectable products and other cosmetic procedures to enhance your appearance.
If your sagging eyelids are not very severe, we may advise you to use Botox to address this issue. Botox is an injectable product that uses a purified protein to temporarily relax the facial muscles in your target area. During your treatment, we will carefully inject Botox into the muscles that cause your eyebrows to sag.
This treatment will improve the appearance of your droopy eyelids by raising your eyebrows and giving you a more rested, alert look. Receiving your injections is a very quick process, and you can drive yourself to your home or office after your treatment is complete. The effects of Botox usually last for about three to six months.
In addition to Botox, we can use dermal fillers to improve sagging or puffy eyelids. Dermal fillers are injectable products that temporarily smooth your skin and add volume to specific areas of your face. These fillers can lift your eyelids and eyebrows. In addition, fillers can smooth the skin around your lower eyelids and minimize the appearance of puffy eyes.
A brow lift is a cosmetic procedure that is used to erase creases on your face and raise your eyebrows. During a brow lift, we will reposition and tighten the skin around your forehead and eyebrows. To accomplish this task, we will use specialized methods that minimize scarring and allow your body to quickly recover from your procedure.
Creating a Customized Treatment Plan
Your ideal treatment plan will depend on the condition of your eyelids and your aesthetic goals and preferences. If your eyelids are in relatively good condition, you may benefit from using a combination of Botox and dermal fillers to rejuvenate your appearance. In contrast, if the skin around your eyelids is very lax, you might need to receive a brow lift or eyelid surgery.
When Should I Receive an Eyelid Procedure?
Since you will not age at the same rate as your friends, there’s no set age when you should consider receiving an eyelid procedure. That said, it’s common to develop sagging or puffy eyelids when you are over thirty-five. If these issues bother you, you are likely to be a good candidate for an eyelid procedure.
In addition to developing eyelid issues as you age, it’s common to be born with puffy eyes and droopy eyelids. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend the rest of your life feeling upset about the appearance of your eyes. An eyelid procedure is a great way to address sagging or puffy eyelids that you’ve had since birth.
Can Men Use This Procedure to Improve Their Eyelids?
Many people believe that only women use cosmetic treatments and procedures to enhance their appearance. These people are not correct, and men are increasingly using injectables and aesthetic procedures to look younger and more attractive. Since eyelid procedures work on men and women, this technique is a great option for a man who wants to look rested and youthful.
Schedule a Consultation
You don’t have to go through life with droopy or puffy eyelids that make you look sleepy and tired. We can open your eyes and enhance your overall appearance with eyelid surgery. This procedure is quick and comfortable, and you will have a short recovery period. To learn more about the benefits of this cosmetic procedure, contact us at Mark P. Solomon in Beverly Hills, California for an initial consultation today.