Blepharoplasty (Eye Lift)
San Francisco Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
If you’re interested in a blepharoplasty in the San Francisco Bay area, Elite Transformations can help! Dr. Orna Fisher is a board-certified plastic surgeon skilled in performing eyelid surgery who will work with you to determine the best type of blepharoplasty for your specific needs. Schedule a consultation today, or read on to learn more about eyelid surgery in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, also known as an eye lift or eyelid surgery, is a procedure performed to restore a more youthful appearance to the area around the eye. This can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. The procedure can reverse or diminish the effects of the many common causes of aging around the eyes, including:
- Sun damage
- Hereditary factors
- Loss of skin elasticity
The results of these issues can be troublesome. As we age, the fat pockets around the eye can begin to bulge. At the same time, the upper eyelid skin can begin to hang down further and even obstruct vision in some instances. More often though, these natural changes simply lead to a “tired” appearance which is unwelcome. For women, makeup smudging can become an increasing and annoying issue. On the lower lids, the effect is bulges or bags as well as wrinkles. As we’ll see now, eyelid surgery can improve all of these concerns.
What Will Happen During My Blepharoplasty Procedure?
Your procedure is determined by the type of blepharoplasty you need. For example, if you have drooping or sagging eyelids, your eyelids will be lifted through the excision of excess skin, and a small amount of fat can also be removed, if necessary. Upper-eyelid blepharoplasty is done through an incision made in the upper eyelid crease and can also be performed with an incision just below the lower lash line.
On the other hand, if a weak or elongated levator muscle is responsible for the drooping eyelid, it, too, can be augmented to minimize the problem; the levator muscle lifts the upper eyelid. Another incision on the inside of the lower lid can be made for patients who have very little excess skin but who have bulges and dark circles appearing under the eyes. No skin will be removed in this variety of the procedure.
Blepharoplasty Before and After
What Can I Expect From Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Recovery?
Several side effects are common and completely normal after eyelid surgery. These typically include swelling and bruising in the surgical area, accompanied by mild to moderate pain, blurred vision and a sensitivity to light. Rest assured, these symptoms are temporary and will resolve in a few days — they are not a sign of problems with your surgery. Dr. Fisher will prescribe pain medications for you before your surgery and provide you with complete instructions to manage your recovery before your treatment as well.
You can ensure a safe and speedy recovery by following Dr. Fisher’s instruction closely, preparing your home in advance of your surgery and arranging for help immediately after your procedure, including a ride home. Other simple ways to protect your surgical area and promote recovery include:
- Avoid rubbing your eyes
- Use cold compresses to minimize swelling when necessary
- Wear sunglasses to help with light sensitivity and to help protect healing incisions
Most patients can return to work within a few days of treatment, although a full recovery can take longer, in some cases, up to three weeks. Plan to take a week off work after your San Francisco eyelid surgery to be on the safe side. Also, plan to avoid strenuous activity or contact sports which can affect your results during this time. Focusing on your recovery and allowing your body sufficient time to heal is the best way to promote the results of your surgery and return to your everyday schedule more quickly.
Are There Risks With Blepharoplasty?
Possible risks from blepharoplasty include:
- General infection, bleeding, or scarring
- Dry eyes
- Difficulty seeing
- Double Vision
In the vast majority of cases, these risks are minimal, and the benefits of the procedure far outweigh any potential problems. If the risks of blepharoplasty concern you, Dr. Fisher will be happy to discuss them with you in-depth during your consultation to your complete satisfaction.
Blepharoplasty & Other Cosmetic Procedures
Having a blepharoplasty will not necessarily take away the dark circles under your eyes or treat crow’s feet. However, the procedure can dramatically improve the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids and improve the overall appearance of your eyes. Other concerns with your eyes can be minimized and improved through separate treatments that can be performed alongside your eyelid surgery in San Francisco.
Botox and Dysport can reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles around the eyes (wrinkles caused by muscle contractions). HA fillers can improve static wrinkles, replacing lost volume, boosting collagen and elastin and improving skin tone in a single treatment. Alternative eye treatments may also provide better relief of your symptoms in some cases.
While a blepharoplasty is the right procedure for some individuals, a brow lift may be more appropriate for others. Since drooping brows may be the cause of the unwanted symptoms, a brow lift procedure can provide patients with the rejuvenation they seek and a much better outcome. Dr. Fisher will recommend the best course of treatment based on an in-person exam during your consultation and give you the pros and cons of each available option.
Asian blepharoplasty, more commonly called Asian eyelid surgery or double eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic eyelid procedure done to add a permanent fold to an Asian eyelid that does not have one. This surgery is not designed to make Asians look more Western, on the contrary, it simply makes the eye itself show more. In fact, many people of Asian descent already have an eyelid fold, and this surgery is therefore not indicated for them.This procedure results in beautiful exotic eyes.
Choose Elite Transformations for Your San Francisco Bay Area Blepharoplasty
Double-board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Orna Fisher has helped countless individuals achieve a look which allows them to feel more confident in any situation and that truly reflects their self-image and spirit. Dr. Fisher strongly emphasizes a consultative approach that focuses on your needs and concerns, bringing to life your goals while preserving those features that are you.
All patients want a safe and successful surgery, and those outcomes depend largely on the quality of the surgeon they choose. A compassionate surgeon, like Dr. Fisher — who understands the latest surgical techniques, has been trained at the nation’s leading medical institutions and fully understands the impact the procedure will have on your look and life — is most likely to give you the high-quality results you seek.
Call the offices of Elite Transformations at (650) 600-7889 to schedule your in-person consultation with Dr. Orna Fisher and begin transforming this vital facial feature today. We conveniently serve patients located in the San Francisco, San Jose and Palo Alto areas. Dr. Fisher can also guide you through a complete rejuvenation package that includes additional face and body procedures to provide you with the most comprehensive results. Whatever your needs, Dr. Fisher can help. We hope to see you soon!
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