“Freshen up” your eyes

In 2005, more than 230,000 people in the United States underwent cosmetic eye surgery. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, has become one of the most popular procedures in plastic surgery to give more youthful look to the eyes and rejuvenate the aging eyelids.

Drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes which can give you an old and tired look can be corrected through eyelid surgery. Eyelid lift is frequently combined with a face lift or forehead lift as part of an overall facial rejuvenation procedure. Eyelid surgery can add an upper eyelid crease to Asian eyes, without erasing evidence of your ethnic or racial heritage.

The Best Candidates for Eyelid Surgery

The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who are physically healthy. If droopy, baggy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have eyelid surgery at a younger age.

About Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid lift surgery is done on an outpatient basis. For the upper eyelid, I make incisions under local anesthesia following the natural lines of your eyelids and extend slightly beyond the outside corner into the laugh lines or other existing creases.

Generally, an incision is hidden within the natural fold of  the upper eyelid. Excess skin and fatty tissue are removed through this incision. Since the incision follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it will be well concealed when healed.

For lower eyelid surgery, often an incision is hidden just below the lower lashes. Through this incision, excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed, or fat may be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges. The incision is well camouflaged by natural creases.

Eyelid surgeries generally take about one to three hours to complete.

Post operative measures

Straining, bending and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative period. You will be able to resume your normal activities within ten days or less. After surgery, your eyes are lubricated with ointment to reduce dryness in this area. Cold compresses are recommended to reduce swelling and bruising. Sutures may be removed 2 to 7 days after surgery.

Most patients can return to work in about 5 to 10 days and may resume wearing contact lenses the next day after surgery.

Risks involved

Complications are infrequent, but may include infection, reaction to anesthesia, and asymmetrical healing or scarring.

Appearance after Eyelid Surgery

Scars may remain slightly pink for six months or more after surgery and eventually fade to a very thin, virtually invisible white line. Eyelid surgery generally yields a substantial and lasting improvement. Dr. Kim specializes in procedures to freshen your face with a natural looking result.

How can I get an Eyelid Lift in San Francisco?

If you’d like to learn more about iGuide and how it can help your neck match your youthful face, contact Dr. Roy Kim’s patient care coordinator, Caroline, at 415-354-8148.

 

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