The eyes are the windows to the soul. When we connect with others, we gravitate toward the eyes and the mouth to interpret how people are responding to us. Unfortunately, the eyes are also where the first signs of age begin to creep in. It’s about more than a few wrinkles. The combination of lax skin and fatty tissue can actually become a hindrance to peripheral vision and contribute to fatigue and eye strain. Dr. Zenovia Gabriel and the team at ZENA Medical can help you restore the shape and youthfulness of your eyes, so you’re showing the world the most alert and refreshed version of yourself.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons quotes the average cost of blepharoplasty at $3,282, but this can vary by geography and cosmetic practice. In Newport Beach, the average cost of an upper eyelid lift is between $3,800-$5,600.
At ZENA Medical, dermatology, plastic surgery, and aesthetic medicine meet seamlessly to give our patients as many treatment options as possible with highly-skilled, extensively trained professionals. We understand budgeting is a big part of the decision to invest in yourself, and we do our best to work with you so you can concentrate on being your best self. Rejuvenating your eyes with an eyelid lift can give you the most dramatic, eye-opening results.
An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, can be done on the upper lid, the lower lid, or both. The aim of a blepharoplasty is to restore the natural arch and open your eyes by removing fatty tissue and excess skin that comes with age. A board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Karen Leong will carefully analyze the shape and position of your eyelid in relation to your other features to determine the right amount of correction. It’s a highly specialized approach that uses just as much artistry as science. When done well, you look refreshed, alert, and youthful.
The procedure works by creating a small incision in the creases of your eye for maximum camouflage after healing. Excess skin is carefully removed, and if you have areas of fatty tissue, this will also be removed. Once Dr. Leong is pleased with the outcome, the incision is closed. In some cases with a lower eyelid lift, tightening the underlying muscles also contribute to a smoother, more youthful result.
Changes to the shape and appearance of the eyes happen to men and women alike, so anyone concerned about drooping skin, extra folds in the upper eyelid, or puffiness or bloating beneath the lower lid may be a candidate for blepharoplasty. Your specific medical history will be considered during your comprehensive consultation at ZENA Medical, as well as your unique facial anatomy and the way the procedure will enhance your appearance.
Blepharoplasty is done as an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia and oral sedation and may require up to 2 hours or more, especially if both lids are being treated. Depending on your unique features, fat transfer or dermal filler can be used for tear troughs, hollow upper lids, or under-eye shadows. Upper blepharoplasty removes excess skin and tissues that cause drooping and also reduces pressure on the eye itself. Lower blepharoplasty focuses on reducing puffiness or bulging skin below the eye through an incision just inside the lower lid (transconjunctival). This type of incision doesn’t even require stitches. Laser treatment may be incorporated to tighten skin and improve its texture and color.
An eyelid lift is one of the most forgiving cosmetic enhancement procedures in terms of recovery. Cold compresses will help with discomfort, swelling, and bruising, but be sure to follow all aftercare instructions carefully to reduce the risk of complications. While it’s best to plan a week of recovery, it may only be 48 hours before you’re well enough to resume your regular routine. We recommend waiting 7 days before exercising.
At ZENA Medical, there are no deer-in-the-headlights results, as Dr. Leong is incredibly meticulous in the planning and execution of eyelid lifts based on her years of experience and extensive training at UCLA. As recovery continues, you’ll appear less tired or overwhelmed, with a fresh, bright-eyed appearance that brings back youth and vitality. Even subtle corrections can have a dramatic result in such a delicate treatment area. Upper blepharoplasty patients even report feeling less fatigued at the end of the day, and women enjoy faster, easier makeup application with smoother, better-looking results.
Your procedure’s outcome can last years, though blepharoplasty does not stop the aging process completely. It’s common for patients to maintain their appearance with other non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as lasers, fillers, or chemical peels.
If you’d like to learn more about eyelid lifts, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with your personal assessment at ZENA Medical in Newport Beach, California today. Call us at (949) 200-8222 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to meeting you!
*Individual Results May Vary