Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can refresh the area above and below your eyes. The goals of your eyelid surgery in Santa Barbara are to provide a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance to the area of the face that is most engaging concerning personal interaction. Particular attention must be paid to the natural anatomy and preoperative condition of your eyelid anatomy to prevent an “operated” look. Tightening of the eyelid structures enables a restoration of an attractive almond shape, while a focus on surgical detail can prevent a hollowed appearance.

Aging of the Eyes

The eyes experience changes over time, which can be a cosmetic concern to men and women alike. Excess skin or dermatochalasis may develop around the eyes, causing bags beneath the eye and hooding of the upper eyelid over the eyelashes. The natural fat located within both the upper and lower eyelid can become more apparent with age and can also contribute to the appearance of an old or weary look. Because your eyes are the focal point of the face, these changes can create an aged appearance overall that makes you self-conscious about your appearance as you may begin to look older than you feel.

The goals of your eyelid surgery in Santa Barbara are to provide a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance to the area of your face that is most engaging with respect to personal interaction. Particular attention must be paid to the natural anatomy and preoperative condition of your eyelid anatomy to prevent an “operated” look. Tightening of the eyelid structures enables a restoration of an attractive almond shape, while careful attention to surgical detail can prevent a “hollowed” appearance. The incisions associated with blepharoplasty can allow access to your cheek, brow, and midface such that ancillary procedures may be simultaneously performed. Dr. Lowenstein will offer insight to possible surgical manipulations which may benefit your facial form, though your wishes are placed first and foremost in the decision making process. You will never be pressured to have unwanted surgeries at Montecito Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara.

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FAQs: Eyelid Surgery

  • What causes aging of the eyes?

    Signs of aging around the eyes occurs for many of the same reasons that wrinkles appear on other areas of the face. During our younger years, collagen and elastin are found in abundance in the dermal structure, giving skin its youthful fullness and a smooth, supple appearance. As we age, our bodies produce less of these vital proteins, which means our skin receives less support over time. Collagen and elastin depletion gradually lead to skin laxity, loss of volume and the formation of lines and wrinkles.
  • How does surgery reverse signs of aging?

    Most of the aging symptoms you see develop around the eyes can be eliminated or reversed with eyelid surgery. This procedure removes excess skin to open the eyes and refresh the appearance. Puffiness caused by fatty deposits is reduced as the fat is eliminated and the skin is drawn tighter to create a smoother contour around the eyes.
  • How is eyelid surgery performed?

    Dr. Lowenstein performs blepharoplasty under local anesthesia with sedation for many patients. If additional procedures are done at the same time, general anesthesia may be recommended instead. Incisions are strategically placed in areas where scarring will not be noticeable. Surgery may take an hour or two, depending on the amount of correction required. Patients go home a few hours after their procedure.
  • What is the recovery process like?

    Recovery from blepharoplasty is often more comfortable than patients expect. Swelling after surgery may be managed with cold compresses and elevation, while oral pain medication will be prescribed to keep you comfortable during the first few days of your recuperation process. You will also have drops to put in your eyes to keep them moist and comfortable as they heal. Patients can resume light activities within two weeks in most cases. However, swelling and bruising may linger beyond that point, making some patients self-conscious about returning to the public eye. We tell patients, “Two weeks to spend time with your friends, three to spend time with your enemies.” By the end of the second week, makeup should be able to camouflage most of the residual bruising.
  • How long will my results last?

    The results of blepharoplasty are very long-lasting, giving most patients many years of a refreshed appearance. Over time, the aging process will begin to take its toll once again and you may start to notice that aged, weary appearance creep back. You can take steps to delay the process by using daily sun protection and high-quality skin care products. Once you start to see changes, Dr. Lowenstein and his staff offer both surgical and non-surgical options to keep those aging signs at bay.

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