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Eyelid Surgery

Many feel that their eyes are their most important facial feature, enabling them to communicate and connect with others. Unfortunately, many individuals aren't able to communicate effectively with their eyes because of hereditary factors and other signs of aging.

If your upper eyelids have excess and drooping skin that make you appear sad or have puffiness and bags that make you seem tired, cosmetic eyelid surgery may be right for you. Eyelid surgery is designed to correct the excess skin, tissue, and fat that contribute to puffiness and bags in both the upper and lower eyelids, resulting in a more youthful and energetic appearance.

What is eyelid surgery?

Blepharoplasty, or cosmetic eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. More specifically, blepharoplasty treats:
  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or hides the natural contour of the upper eyelid
  • Excess skin that hangs down from the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
  • Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Droopiness of the lower eyelids
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

The aforementioned conditions typically appear as a result of heredity or the natural aging process. Regardless of the cause, eyelid surgery removes excess skin, eliminates bags and restores firmness to the area surrounding the eye, making you look more rested and alert.

Where do I begin?

A consultation with Dr. Daniel Golshani, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, is the first step to learn how eyelid surgery can improve the appearance of your eyelids and the surrounding area. Dr. Golshani's consultations are designed to fully educate potential patients. Consultations typically include a discussion of your goals, an evaluation of your current signs of aging, the options available to you for eyelid surgery, the likely outcomes and potential risks and complications associated with the procedure, and the course of treatment that Dr. Golshani recommends for you.

Preparing for surgery

Daniel Golshani, M.D. will carefully explain the eyelid surgery procedure you will undergo. Prior to your procedure, you will be given specific instructions regarding diagnostic testing, day of surgery procedures, postoperative care, and follow-up information. In addition, you will be asked to sign consent forms to assure Dr. Golshani that you fully understand the procedure that you will undergo and any potential risks or complications related to your procedure.

Following surgery

Once your procedure is completed, lubricating ointment and cold compresses may be applied, and in some cases your eyes may be loosely covered with gauze. Before being released, you and an accompanying family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for the surgical site, medications to apply or take orally to facilitate healing, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site, and when to follow-up with Dr. Golshani.

Progress and Healing

Initial healing will include swelling, bruising, irritation, dry eye, and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses, and ointment. These are all common conditions.

Dr. Golshani will ask that you keep your head elevated at all times until initial swelling subsides and to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from bright light, sun and wind. Please make sure that you follow all of his instructions carefully as this is essential for a successful outcome. A return to light and normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready which is typically within a few days of surgery.

Healing of incisions may take 5 to 10 days at which time any sutures will be removed. You will be ready to return to work and normal activity at this time and to resume wearing contact lenses. Cosmetics can camouflage any bruising or redness that remains. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling continues to subside and incision lines improve. Diligent sun protection and consistent use of darkly tinted sunglasses is essential.

Results and Outlook

Your final results will appear over time, generally within several weeks. It may take up to a year for incision lines to fully refine.

The benefits of your surgical procedure should reveal a smooth, firm contour of the upper and/or lower eyelids. What matters more is that the appearance of your eyes reflects that way that you feel inside – alert, energetic, and youthful.

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