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What Is A Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the appearance of the eyes by removing excess skin, fat, and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids. The purpose of blepharoplasty in Los Gatos is to address various concerns, such as droopy eyelids, under-eye bags, and excess skin that may obscure the natural contours of the eyes. Eyelid surgery can also improve vision by removing sagging skin obstructing the visual field.

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Candidates for Blepharoplasty:

  • Individuals with droopy, sagging upper eyelids that impair vision
  • Those with puffiness or bags under the eyes that do not improve with lifestyle changes
  • Adults with excess skin and wrinkles around the eyes that they wish to address
  • People with asymmetry between the two eyelids
  • Non-smokers in good health with no medical conditions that could impair healing
  • Those with realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure

Your Eyelid Surgery Session

At Maan Plastic Surgery, your eyelid surgery will be performed by the highly experienced Dr. Z in our state-of-the-art facility in Los Gatos. During your initial consultation, Dr. Z will evaluate your unique situation and discuss your goals. Together, you will decide on the best approach.

Blepharoplasty in Los Gatos can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on your needs and preferences. For upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Z will make an incision within the natural fold of the eyelid. Through this incision, he will remove excess skin, fat, and muscle and tighten the underlying tissues as needed. For lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Z will make a small incision below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid. Through this incision, he will remove or redistribute excess fat to improve the overall appearance of the lower eyelids.

Because incisions for eyelid surgery are placed within the natural creases of the eyelid, any scarring is typically well hidden. Depending on the specific technique used and whether both upper and lower eyelids are combined in one procedure, the surgery takes 1 to 2 hours.

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Types of Eyelid Surgery

Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery , also know as upper blepharoplasty in Los Gatos, is a procedure that involves the removal of excess skin, muscle, and fat from the upper eyelids. This is typically done to address sagging or droopy eyelids that can make a person look tired or sad. By removing the excess tissue, the upper eyelids can be lifted and tightened, resulting in a more youthful appearance.

Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid surgery is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the lower eyelids. This surgery is designed to reduce the appearance of bags under the eyes and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. In some cases, lower eyelid surgery may also involve tightening the muscles and ligaments that support the eyelids.

Blepharoplasty Corrects:

  • Droopy, sagging upper eyelids
  • Puffy bags and dark circles under the eyes
  • Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes
  • Excess skin and fat on the upper and lower eyelids
  • Impaired vision due to sagging skin around the eyes
  • Tired, aged, or sad appearance caused by sagging eyelids
  • Asymmetry between the two eyelids

For additional information on how blepharoplasty in Los Gatos can benefit you, reach out to us today.

woman after blepharoplasty in Los Gatos

Your Journey to Recovery: Side Effects & Downtime

After eyelid surgery, you can expect mild to moderate side effects during your recovery. Swelling, bruising, and minor discomfort are common but can be managed with medication and cold compresses. Some patients may experience dry eyes, temporary vision changes, and sensitivity to light, but these symptoms usually resolve on their own within a few days.

During the first week of recovery, it is important to avoid strenuous activities, including heavy lifting and exercise, to minimize swelling and promote healing. You should also keep your head elevated while sleeping and avoid rubbing your eyes. Patients typically resume work and regular activities within one to two weeks, with the duration depending on the extent of the blepharoplasty procedure.

Aftercare Guidelines:

  • Apply cold compresses to your eyes as directed by Dr. Z
  • Take all prescribed medications as directed, including pain relievers and antibiotics
  • Avoid smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, as it can impede the healing process
  • Avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and exercise for the first week of recovery
  • Keep your head elevated while sleeping to reduce swelling
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes, as it can disrupt the healing process
  • Follow Dr. Z’s instructions for cleaning and caring for your incisions
  • Attend all follow-up appointments with Dr. Z to monitor your healing progress
  • Protect your eyes from the sun and wind
  • Wear sunglasses to reduce sensitivity to light
  • Maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water

Should you have any additional questions about the recovery process for your blepharoplasty in Los Gatos, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Why Choose Dr. Z For Your Blepharoplasty In Los Gatos?

Dr. Z is a highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon specializing in eyelid surgery. With a background in plastic and reconstructive surgery from Stanford, Dr. Z has a deep understanding of how the body ages and how to enhance its regenerative potential. Dr. Z is dedicated to helping his patients achieve their aesthetic goals by listening carefully to their concerns. We encourage you to consult Dr. Z to learn more about blepharoplasty in Los Gatos.

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