When we look at a face, the eyes hold a great deal of our attention and they are often a person’s most memorable feature. That’s why so many women and men lose some of their confidence and self-assurance when they look into a mirror and see eyelids that droop or bags underneath the eyes that may make them look tired and a lot older than they feel. In some cases, the skin around the eyes can become so loose that it may actually impair vision. Dr. J has performed eyelifts, known medically as blepharoplasty, on a great many patients, who consistently report that they are delighted with their results.
How does a blepharoplasty work?
The procedure removes excess skin and fatty tissue around the eye to create a tighter, more alert appearance. Since there are important muscles around the eye that need to be worked with, this procedure requires a great deal of skill and calls for a highly skilled and experienced double board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. J.
How do I know if a procedure is right for me?
If you’re interested in a blepharoplasty procedure with Dr. J, either by itself or as part of an overall facial rejuvenation, the only way to find out for sure if you’re a candidate is a one-on-one consultation. During the consultation, the doctor will take a detailed look at the state of your eyes and your overall medical history to ensure that the procedure is safe and that the outcome will be positive. If Dr. J believes a procedure would be appropriate, he will explain to you the most likely outcomes to ensure that you have a clear and realistic idea of what to expect.
What can I expect when I come for the procedure?
Like most procedures today, blepharoplasties are typically performed on an outpatient basis. Since the procedure involves both local anesthesia and sedation, it will be necessary to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home,
Once the procedure(s) has been performed by Dr. J, you will spend some time resting in recovery room while medical team will monitor you to check for any possible complications that may follow the procedure. Once you have been cleared by our team, you will be able to go home and begin your recovery.
What Will the Recovery Be Like?
Before you leave, we will provide you with a list of steps to take to help minimize discomfort and speed your recovery. You will likely experience a number of minor temporary symptoms following your procedure. These may include light sensitivity, vision issues, bruising, awatery and/or puffy eyes, as well as minor discomfort that typically can be handled with over-the counter medications.. Over time, these symptoms should diminish. Recovery typically lasts for a several weeks, though you’ll typically be able to return to work and other daily activities about 10 days after the procedure.
You should begin to notice positive changes in your appearance a few weeks after the procedure, and that progress will continue over time. In some cases it may take as long as a year to see the full impact of the eyelift.
Is blepharoplasty ever covered by insurance?
Insurance will not cover surgeries that are undertaken for purely cosmetic reasons. However, if you are experiencing vision problems or other medical difficulties related to droopy eyelids, then insurance may cover the procedure in many cases.
How do I get started?
The first thing to do is to contact us to see about an initial consultation with Dr. J at his offices in Beverly Hills. You can call us at the number above or reach out to us via e-mail through our contact page. If you live outside of the Greater Los Angeles/Southern California area, be aware that Dr. J will perform virtual consultations for out-of-town patients.
Dr. J is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.