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Eyelid (Blepharoplasty)

What is an Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)

In most patients, the aging process often begins with subtle changes around the eyes. We are particularly vulnerable to the effects of aging in this area due to the unique characteristics of eyelid skin, the inadequacy of underlying support structures, and the cumulative effects of years of sun exposure and repetitive facial movements. Non-surgical treatments like injectable procedures and chemical peels can erase some of the initial signs of aging around the eyes, including crow’s feet, fine lines and early volume loss. However, more advanced aging symptoms are usually best managed with eyelid rejuvenation surgery or blepharoplasty.

There are many reasons to consider surgery to refresh the eyes and restore a youthful appearance. Excess eyelid skin and “bags” under your eyes can make you appear tired or even angry. Volume changes in the eyelids and cheeks lead to grooves, bulges, and unnatural contours. In the most extreme cases, hooding of excess upper eyelid skin can obstruct your line of vision.

Choosing a Surgeon for Your Eyelid Surgery

Dr. Daines is board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, giving him the experience and expertise necessary to provide you with the best results from your eyelid surgery. Dr. Daines uses the latest advanced techniques in eyelid rejuvenation to achieve a youthful, refreshed appearance. With incisions that are either completely invisible or precisely camouflaged, Dr. Daines trims excess eyelid skin and reduces or repositions fat pockets to restore a crisp, bright appearance to your eyes.

Eyelid surgery can be performed alone or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures. By restoring volume to the midface (upper cheek region), fat transfer is a valuable adjunct to eyelid surgery and significantly enhances its result. A forehead lift elevates a brow that has become heavy, leading to crowding of the upper eyelids. Skin resurfacing with lasers or peels revitalizes areas damaged by the sun, lightening the skin and improving its texture and tone.

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Eyelid surgery is an effective way to wake up a tired face by restoring youthful vitality and energy to the eyes. Dr. Daines is a gifted facial plastic surgeon who specializes in surgical eyelid rejuvenation and will help you achieve your specific aesthetic goals. To learn more about eyelid surgery, contact Daines Plastic Surgery at 949-397-6499.

Dr Daines did a wonderful job with my eye surgery. I look 10 years younger! Dr D always takes the time to ask what I want, explains what he recommends, and what to expect. Price-wise, I feel what I got was worth more than what I paid – very reasonable for the great job he did. I highly recommend Dr Daines for any cosmetic procedure – you will not be disappointed! – Suzanne F.

Procedure Details

Eyelid surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under local, twilight, or general anesthesia. The upper and lower eyelids can be done alone or as a combined procedure, depending on your specific needs. The length of the procedure varies from 45 minutes to around two hours, depending on the extent of your surgery. Incisions are closed with fine sutures that are removed in the office after 5-7 days.

Normal swelling and bruising will occur after eyelid surgery but tend to be mild and subside within a few days. Ice packs may be used for the first few days to enhance your comfort and to reduce swelling. Most patients return to regular activities and light exercise within a week.

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