Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) in Beverly Hills
Eyelid surgery, commonly known as an “eyelid lift” and clinically referred to as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to rejuvenate the eye area. During the procedure, the upper and/or lower eyelids are tightened to make the patient look more rested and relaxed.
Dr. Mani uses Harmonic (ultrasonic) technology to perform both upper and lower blepharoplasty. This technique is much gentler to these delicate tissues and results in a quicker recovery with less swelling and bruising.
The intricacies and complexities of eyelid surgery require the skilled hand of a plastic surgeon like Dr. Marc Mani. Dr. Mani’s unique talent is preserving his patients’ unique beauty while simultaneously making them look younger and more rested.
Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
You may be a candidate for eyelid surgery if you have:
- Fatigued-looking eyes
- Deep lines or wrinkles around the eyes
- Lax, saggy skin on the upper eyelids
- Puffy lower lids
- Bags underneath the eyes
Suitable eyelid surgery candidates are in good physical and psychological health, do not smoke and have reasonable expectations of the surgical outcomes. Dr. Mani meets with potential candidates on a one-on-one basis to perform a physical examination and discuss the procedure in greater depth.
During your consultation, Dr. Mani will inquire about your medical record, including any previous surgeries, health conditions and medications you take. He will examine your eyelids and inquire about your expectations of surgery. This information helps him decide whether eyelid surgery is suitable for your needs.
Once he’s determined you are a good candidate, you will set goals for the procedure and talk about the (rare) risks, how to prepare for surgery and guidelines for recovery. You are encouraged to ask questions and bring up any concerns you have about surgery.
More about Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis at our accredited surgical facility. Typically, local anesthesia and sedation medications are administered; general anesthesia is very rarely used.
If Dr. Mani takes the traditional approach, he will make the surgical incisions either in the natural crease of the upper lid or along the lash line. Through the incisions, Dr. Mani will remove excess fat and skin, and tighten the muscles and remaining skin.
Alternatively, Dr. Mani could use the transconjunctival approach and make an incision in the lower lid to remove excess fat (not skin).
After making the necessary modifications, Dr. Mani will close the incisions with small sutures.
Recovering from Eyelid Surgery
After your procedure, the eye area will have some swelling and bruising, and vision might be blurry for a few days. These symptoms are temporary and usually resolve within 10 days.
Dr. Mani will follow up with you to remove your stitches and check your healing progress. He will let you know when you can return to work, exercise and your normal activities.
Eyelid surgery will not stop the aging process. Eventually, everyone will have visible wrinkles around their eyes. However, eyelid surgery will immediately reduce the most obvious signs of aging. Also, it is unlikely that undereye bags or puffiness will return after the lift is performed, because the fat will have been removed.
If you have deeper wrinkles around the outer area of the eye, extending onto the temple, you may explore your laser resurfacing options to treat them.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UPPER AND LOWER BLEPHAROPLASTY?
Although upper and lower blepharoplasty are often lumped together, they are two distinct procedures. Upper blepharoplasty removes the excess, sagging skin immediately above the eyes that causes the upper eyelids to appear droopy. Lower blepharoplasty tackles the bags and wrinkles beneath the eyes by adjusting fat for a smoother, more rested appearance.
WHAT MAKES BLEPHAROPLASTY SO POPULAR?
Eyelid surgery is currently one of the top elective procedures performed in the United States, among both women and men. Patients are often drawn to this surgery over other cosmetic options because it is not always readily apparent that surgical work has been done. Friends and coworkers will notice something is different, but often interpret it as you looking happier or better rested. That ability to project a different aura that better reflects your actual attitude is highly valuable.
HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT MY BLEPHAROPLASTY RESULTS TO LAST?
When operated on by an expert like Dr. Mani, most patients will see their surgical results last around 10 years. While blepharoplasty famously reverses signs of aging, it cannot stop the aging process altogether, which is why over time your skin will wrinkle and sag again. The good news is that your eyes should look better than if they never had the procedure at all.
WILL MY VISION IMPROVE AFTER BLEPHAROPLASTY?
Blepharoplasty is primarily a cosmetic surgery. However, some patients have so much skin pushing down on their eyelids that it can make it difficult to open their eyes fully and, in turn, impairs their vision. If that is something you are experiencing, then you may discover that your field of vision increases following upper blepharoplasty.
WILL I HAVE SCARS AFTER BLEPHAROPLASTY?
The incisions made to perform blepharoplasty are so small that they generally fade from visibility over time. Better yet, because Dr. Mani deliberately places the incisions along natural folds and creases, the scars are usually difficult to spot even before they have fully healed.
CAN I COMBINE BLEHAROPLASTY WITH ANOTHER PROCEDURE?
Blepharoplasty is frequently combined with other surgeries. Some patients choose to undergo upper and lower blepharoplasty all at once. Other patients combine it with a forehead lift to more completely address more signs of aging in this area. Still other patients may choose to pair it with facelift to rejuvenate the bottom and top halves of the face simultaneously.
If you are interested in undergoing multiple procedures, having them performed at the same time can help to save on costs and allows you to overlap the recovery periods. Please discuss this option with Dr. Mani during a consultation. He will confirm whether you are in good enough health to go this route.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE DR. MANI FOR BLEPHAROPLASTY?
With a keen eye for aesthetics, Dr. Mani prides himself on helping each patient look his or her best. You can be sure that Dr. Mani will have you not only looking better but feeling better about yourself. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mani today.