Blepharoplasty in Palm Springs
Laxity in the skin around the eyes is a common part of the natural aging process, but loose skin in the eyelids can lead to aesthetic dissatisfaction as well as functional impairment. When the eyelids sag far enough to interfere with the field of vision, they become a safety concern. Sometimes, laser skin resurfacing can be beneficial for mild signs of aging, but to correct substantial sagging around the eyes, blepharoplasty is a superior choice. Blepharoplasty reverses signs of aging in the eyelids, which ultimately brightens the entire face.
Am I a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
Patients seeking blepharoplasty to restore youthfulness to their eyes must be in good health and have realistic expectations of the surgery. Those with compound issues around the eyes may benefit from blepharoplasty in combination with other facial procedures; for example, someone with drooping eyelids and sagging brows may need to combine blepharoplasty with a brow lift for optimal results. Dr. Calabria will evaluate the condition of your eyelids during your personal consultation. Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty can relate to any of the following eyelid imperfections:
- Excess upper eyelid skin that hangs over the natural crease and may obstruct vision
- Unwanted fat in the upper and lower eyelids that causes puffiness
- Fine lines in the lower eyelids
- Under-eye bags
How Is Blepharoplasty Performed?
During upper blepharoplasty, an incision is created along the crease of the upper eyelid to remove excess skin and fat. To correct aging in the lower eyelids, Dr. Calabria performs a combination procedure called a double pexy blepharoplasty. This technique involves excision of excess skin in the lower eyelid without fat removal; instead, the fat is repositioned, which eliminates the need for dermal fillers to plump the lower eyelid. This technique provides more support than a standard procedure, therefore minimizing potential complications.
Significant improvements in the shape of the eyes are easily noticeable after blepharoplasty. Dr. Calabria’s eyelid surgery technique is different than the traditional blepharoplasty. The skin excision and fat removal are minimal, and the ocular muscle is not violated. The anatomy of the eyelid area is not compromised, delivering a stunning yet conservative result. Dr. Calabria’s philosophy is to keep the eyes looking as natural as possible.
What Should I Expect During My Eyelid Surgery Recovery?
Recovery is different for everyone, but patients who undergo blepharoplasty will need to rest and use cold compresses for a few days after surgery. Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for about two weeks to allow yourself to heal properly. Dr. Calabria will provide you with detailed post-op instructions for incision aftercare and what types of medication you can take to alleviate mild discomfort.
When Will I See My Blepharoplasty Results?
Any bruising or swelling should subside considerably after two to three weeks. It is recommended to wear dark sunglasses and sunscreen to protect the eyes from sun damage and accelerated aging. Because the incisions are strategically placed in the natural creases of the eyelids and lash lines, there is minimal visible scarring. Dr. Calabria’s blepharoplasty techniques are conservative and will make you appear younger without altering your natural characteristics.
Frequently Asked Questions About Blepharoplasty
How should I prepare for my eyelid surgery?
You should plan to avoid all nicotine use (including smoking and vaping) and blood-thinning medications for at least 10 to 14 days. It is also beneficial to monitor and minimize your alcohol intake during this time. Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that requires adequate time to rest and recuperate. Before your eyelid surgery, it is helpful to schedule time away from work and your daily obligations.
Can I have blepharoplasty on my upper eyelids but not my lower eyelids and vice-versa?
Yes. While many individuals experience aging on all eyelids, some experience more significant concerns on either the upper or the lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty is a customizable procedure, and Dr. Calabria will tailor his approaches to best meet your specific needs.
Should I combine my blepharoplasty with other facial surgeries?
Eyelid surgery is ideal for minimizing aging on the upper and lower eyelids; however, many people’s aging concerns extend beyond the eyes. Therefore, many patients choose to combine their blepharoplasty with brow lift surgery (to address the brows and forehead) or a vertical facelift (to address the middle and lower regions of the face).
What are the risks associated with blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery is very safe, especially in the hands of a skilled surgeon like Dr. Renato Calabria. Unfortunately, surgical risks are always present due to the unpredictability of an individual’s ability to heal.
While rare, some surgical complications associated with blepharoplasty include:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Temporary blurred vision
- Prolonged wound healing
- Unfavorable scarring
You can help minimize risk by following all of Dr. Calabria’s recommendations before and after your eyelid surgery.
How much does blepharoplasty cost?
Blepharoplasty is a customizable surgical procedure, and the total cost of your eyelid surgery will depend on the specifics of your treatment. This price depends on whether you underwent upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both, and whether other treatments were performed simultaneously. Additional cost factors include anesthesia fees, facility fees, surgeon fees, and pre and post-operative appointments.
Is there a non-surgical alternative to eyelid surgery?
While injectable treatments can improve the look of wrinkles and volume loss surrounding the eyes, there is no non-surgical injectable or non-invasive treatment that can rival the results of blepharoplasty. The most common concern with eyelid aging is skin laxity, and only surgery can remove the excess skin and fat pockets in the upper and lower eyelids.
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