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Eyelid Rejuvenation

Also known as blepharoplasty

For blepharoplasty or eyelid rejuvenation in Encino and Sherman Oaks, patients from throughout the Greater Los Angeles area and beyond turn to leading board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steven J. Varkony. The following are answers to some of the questions prospective eyelid surgery patients often have.

Blepharoplasty before and after

Dr. Varkony offers decades of experience as a leading board-certified plastic surgeon and has helped countless patients from throughout Southern California and beyond. We encourage you to reach out to our office by calling (818) 907-9090 or by visiting the contact page.

Questions and Answers about Eyelid Rejuvenation

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is the medical name for a plastic surgery that can reverse drooping eyelids and other common signs of aging in tissues surrounding the eyes. A typical procedure involves the removal of the excess skin, muscle, and fat that are responsible for sagging. Procedures generally result in a fresher, more rested, and more youthful look.

How is blepharoplasty performed?

Dr. Varkony will make an incision around the upper eyelids to remove skin and muscle tissue. In some cases, fat tissue may also be removed and/or repositioned. If any fat tissue is removed from the upper eyelids for repositioning, that tissue will be redistributed before the initial incisions are closed.

After the upper eyelids have been enhanced, Dr. Varkony may then move to the lower eyelids. Here, it is more common to remove excess skin and fat (usually the cause of the baggy appearance). The lower eyelids may also be tightened before any remaining incisions are closed.

Where are procedures performed?

Blepharoplasty is generally performed as an outpatient procedure in our fully certified outpatient surgical facility. Immediately after the surgery, patients are monitored for a period of time to ensure there are no complications. From there, most patients are taken home by a friend or family member. However, some patients may prefer an overnight stay in a post-operative medical facility.

Will I need to be looked after following a procedure?

Yes. Patients will need to have someone at their home or hotel room with them for at least 24 hours after surgery. In most cases, this is a friend or relative. We can also arrange for a nurse to stay with you if desired.

Are there any non-cosmetic medical reasons for blepharoplasty?

Yes. Patients with eyelids that obstruct their vision may choose blepharoplasty to improve their sight. In these instances, it’s possible that insurance may cover some or all of the costs of the procedure.

What age groups generally obtain blepharoplasty?

Eyelid rejuvenation is very often obtained by adults over the age of 40, although a significant majority are in their mid-fifties and older. However, younger people in their thirties may also undergo eyelid rejuvenation for both cosmetic and medical reasons.

How long does it take to recover from blepharoplasty?

Recovery times will vary based on the exact type of procedure and the patient’s physiology. However, most individuals can expect their recovery period to last one week. Many patients report that they can start to return to their normal lives within a few days of the procedure, although some minor adjustments will likely be needed. For example, patients who normally wear contact lenses will need to wear prescription glasses for at least two weeks following some types of blepharoplasty.

What can I expect after the procedure?

It is usually necessary to place light ice packs intermittently on the eyes for the first several days following surgery. Patients usually report some discomfort and swelling that is easily manageable with medication. In most cases, these issues should resolve after one to two days.

Are other procedures ever performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty?

Yes. For a more thorough makeover, some eyelid blepharoplasty patients may also choose to undergo other facial procedures such as a facelift or a brow lift. If patients choose to have multiple procedures at once, they can usually avoid prolonged downtime as all surgical areas are healing simultaneously.

Is blepharoplasty ever covered by insurance?

Most insurance policies will only cover eyelid rejuvenation if it is determined by a physician that the procedure will improve the patient’s vision. For most patients who qualify for blepharoplasty on medical grounds, insurance will usually only cover upper eyelid surgery.

How much does blepharoplasty cost?

Eyelid rejuvenation costs are determined by procedure type, type of anesthesia, facility fees, and other factors. For an accurate cost estimate, we recommend that you visit our office for a complimentary consultation where we can discuss your specific needs.

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