Also known as blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty, or cosmetic eyelid rejuvenation, is a procedure that improves the upper and lower eyelids. The upper blepharoplasty is aimed at correcting the sagging skin that overhangs the upper lid. The surgery for the upper eyelids removes mostly skin and a small amount of fat from the inner corner of the eye.
The lower blepharoplasty is aimed at correcting the bags that form underneath the eye. The surgery can be done from an incision underneath the eyelashes (subciliary approach) or through one inside the eye (transconjunctival). Dr. Steven Varkony will inform you which is the best approach for you. The fat is then gently removed and a small amount of skin is the removed. The result is a natural and refreshed look.
If you’re ready to feel great about your appearance again, we encourage you to learn more about our eyelid rejuvenation procedure at The Plastic Surgery Center. We look forward to addressing your questions, and providing you with exceptional service. Please contact our office today at (818) 907-9090 to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Steven Varkony.
Frequently asked questions about the Eyelid procedure.
Here you’ll find some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the Eyelid procedure, but feel free to contact our office with any unanswered queries (818) 907-9090. We can’t wait to help you achieve your desired results.
Am I a good candidate for a Blepharoplasty?
The best blepharoplasty patient is in good health, a non-smoker, he or she is unhappy with the sagging skin of the upper eyelid, or puffy bags under the eyes.
Are there any limitations to what Blepharoplasty can achieve?
Blepharoplasty refers to eyelid surgery. Many times, patient may have brows that have descended and are low. These patients may need a browlift procedure to elevate the brows. Patients that may have puffy lower eyelids due to allergies will not achieve improvement with the blepharoplasty procedure.
How long is the Blepharoplasty procedure?
Dr. Varkony performs the upper blepharoplasty in about one hour, and the lower blepharoplasty in one hour, but this does depend on the case, as no two are alike.
Where are the incisions made for Blepharoplasty?
The incision for the upper blephroplasty is made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. This incision heals well.
The lower blepharoplasty incision is made just under the eyelashes (subciliary) or inside the eye (transconjunctival).
Are there scars that result from Blepharoplasty?
The skin in the eyelids is the thinnest skin in the body. The incisions, when placed well, will heal and be imperceptible.
Is Blepharoplasty a painful procedure?
The blepharoplasty procedure is not painful. Patients typically complain of a burning sensation in the eyelids one hour after the procedure. The discomfort will generally last about 1 hour.
What is the recovery like after Blepharoplasty?
The recovery for blepharoplasty is rather mild. The surgery is outpatient which allows the patient to return home the same day. The patient returns to see Dr. Varkony five days following the procedure. At that time, the sutures are painlessly removed. Women can wear makeup after the sutures are removed. About 70% of the swelling resolves in the first 2 weeks. The remainder takes about 2 months to resolve. However, this is mild swelling that is not noticeable.
How soon after my Blepharoplasty procedure will I be able to exercise?
Dr. Steven Varkony recommends that patients do not return to exercise for three weeks after their procedure, but in some cases it may be longer.
When are the stitches removed after Blepharoplasty?
Dr. Varkony usually removes the stitches on the fifth post-operative day. The removal will be painless, as they are placed in a way that they simply slide out.
What kind of anesthesia will be used?
For almost all cases, general anesthesia will be used, which means you will be completely asleep and pain-free during the entire case. Some patients, having shorter procedures, can have lighter sedation. However, everyone will be completely comfortable during the procedure.
Where does the surgery take place?
Procedures are done in our fully certified out- patient surgical center, along with board-certified anesthesiologists, and certified registered nurses.
Will I need someone caring for me following the procedure?
Yes. It is important to have a friend, family member, or medical professional care for you at least 24 hours following the procedure.
Can I have other procedures done at the same time as a Blepharoplasty?
You can, and often patients decide to have their face, neck, and brows improved at the same time. Doing multiple procedures on the same day does not lengthen the recovery time, and it allows the patient to accomplish many goals with one surgery.
How long do the results last?
Eyelid surgery provides long-lasting correction and the results will last for years. However, it cannot stop the natural aging process. Your rejuvenated appearance will age naturally after the procedure.
What is the cost of a Blepharoplasty
The cost of a blepharoplasty varies from person to person, as no two people are the same. Dr. Steven Varkony and his patient care coordinator will be able to provide you with a quote following your complimentary examination.