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Blepharoplasty (Cosmetic Upper or Lower Eyelid Lift Surgery) – Beverly Hills, CA

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About Eyelid Surgery

The eyes are the most unique feature of everyone's face, and they deserve to be visible. However, an abundance of skin around the eyes can cause your most distinguishable feature to have a tired and irritable look, regardless of your mood. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen performs blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid surgery) to reduce excess skin and rejuvenate the upper or lower eyelid, which creates a softer and rejuvenated appearance. Countless men and women receive eyelid surgery at our Beverly Hills, CA location to eliminate saggy eyelids, leading to an improved function and appearance. Blepharoplasty, whether lower or upper, creates a more awakened appearance and can produce subtle yet striking improvements. If you want to learn more about rejuvenating your eyes with eyelid lift surgery, schedule a consultation with J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills.

Ideal Candidates

Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that is available to both men and women at our Beverly Hills, CA office. During your first visit, various techniques and alternatives will be discussed based on the areas you would like addressed. Generally, ideal candidates for this surgery are those who:

  • Wish to remove unwanted skin and folds on the top eyelid
  • Have bloated skin below the bottom eyelid
  • Have functional vision difficulties due to the excess skin around your eyes
  • Are in overall good health

This procedure can give patients a more awakened look that appears bright and youthful.

Surgical Technique

Depending on the type and complex nature of your individual blepharoplasty procedure, either general anesthesia or IV sedation will be administered. Eyelid surgery may be done on the upper eyelid alone, under or on the bottom eyelid, or a combination of both eyelids.

  • Upper
    Upper blepharoplasty decreases the folds of skin that droop over the eye to create a more awakened and appealing look. An incision is usually made along the lid crease to excise loose skin and fatty tissue.
  • Lower
    Lower lid surgery is performed to reduce the appearance of puffy and bulging skin beneath the lower eyelid. The incision is carefully made along the lash line to allow access to remove tissue and fat, and the skin is subtly lifted to create a softer, smoother look. In some cases, nonsurgical laser treatments can be incorporated to assist with discoloration while fillers can be used for more smoothness and softening if desired.
  • Transconjunctival Lower Eyelid Surgery
    This technique is similar to that of a lower eyelid lift. The main difference is that the incision is made inside the lower eyelid, leading to a scar that is completely concealed.

What to Expect

Eyelid surgery can last up to two hours, depending on whether one or both eyes are treated. After this outpatient surgery, you should plan about a week to recover and rest at home. A cold compress can help reduce discomfort, swelling, and bruising. The results from eyelid surgery can last years. Even though the results you yield will last a long time, the aging process does not stop. To maintain your surgical outcomes, other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments, such as fillers, peels, and lasers, can be done to preserve your youthful appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
If hanging skin is affecting your vision, your insurance may pay for part of your eyelid lift. Please tell Dr. Katzen during your consultation if you are considering using your insurance. Someone at our Beverly Hills, CA office will help you get the needed information and paperwork for your insurance company to process your claim. Generally, you will need a diagnosis from an optometrist or ophthalmologist stating that an eyelid lift would improve your vision.

What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Eyelid surgery not only helps to refresh your appearance, but it can also improve other aspects of your life. You may find your field of vision expanding when loose, hanging skin from your upper eyelid is removed. It can also be easier to apply eye makeup when your upper eyelid is smooth. Eliminating fine lines, "crepey" skin, puffy bags, and dark circles under your eyes can make them look brighter and fuller without cosmetics.

Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Wrinkles on your forehead and the corners of your eyes (Crow's feet) may be better corrected with a facelift or brow lift because the results of the eyelid surgery are confined to the eyelids only. Eyelid surgery can be combined with a nonsurgical procedure, such as BOTOX, which combats wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. An injectable filler can also be effective because it adds volume to hollow areas for a smoother appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Katzen will create a personalized treatment plan based on your goals.

What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Noninvasive skin tightening procedures and injectable treatments (like Juvéderm and BOTOX) can provide some improvements. However, if you have moderate to severe sagging skin or want long-lasting results, an eyelid lift would be better than nonsurgical treatments. After you have talked to Dr. Katzen about the concerns and goals you have for your eyes, he can go over his recommendations for your nonsurgical or surgical treatment plan. He may also suggest both surgical and nonsurgical procedures to help you achieve your best results.

Younger-Looking Eyes

If you find it difficult to see or apply makeup because of folds of skin on the upper eyelid, or if you suffer from puffy bags under your eyes, then upper or lower blepharoplasty at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills may be the ideal treatment for you. This enhancement can help you look refreshed and youthful while offering a beautiful answer to your vision impairment concerns. We invite you to get in touch with our office in Beverly Hills, CA to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen.

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