Dr. Lavinia K. Chong, MD is pleased to offer eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, in Newport Beach for those who seek to revitalize their upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Aging, weight loss or gain, and genetics all play a part in developing puffy, sagging skin around the eyes, creating a tired, more aged appearance. For some, this condition can become severe enough to interfere with one’s ability to see.
Blepharoplasty treats the following conditions:
- Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
- Bags under the eyes
- Droopiness of the lower eyelids that exposes the white of the eye below the iris
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are those who are in good overall health, have healthy facial tissue and muscles, and have realistic goals for the improvement of their upper and/or lower eyelids and the surrounding area. Other procedures may be better suited to different facial rejuvenation goals.
Blepharoplasty can be performed under a local anesthetic or with IV sedation. Incisions are planned to lie in the creases of your skin to minimize any scarring. Depending on your anatomy, muscles around the eyelids can be reset, fat deposits contoured, and the excess skin re-draped. Incisions are repaired with fine sutures, and the patient is instructed on activity schedule, wound care, and the need for follow-up. Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how little pain they experience.
Patients’ appearance can range from mild swelling to “raccoon eyes” (dark circles) during the initial post-op period. Measures designed to reduce discoloration and swelling include early application of ice packs, activity restriction (i.e. no heavy cardio exercises), keeping blood pressure “normal,” and occasionally Vitamin K creams designed to break down the color. Patients may experience itchiness and dry eyes, which are temporary.
As a female plastic surgeon, Dr. Chong is deeply committed to providing quality patient-centric care that will help you achieve your goals to look and feel more youthful and full of vitality. She will be happy to consult with you personally to explore the options that are best suited to your individual case.