As you age, you are likely to form lines and wrinkles at the creases of your eyes and at the same time, the skin on your eyelids can start to droop. Dr. Kevin Sadati recognizes that this can be a devastating process for his Orange County patients, and to help people combat this unfortunate aging symptom he offers Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, at his Newport Beach practice.
Your eyes are the window into your soul, and when they look tired and worn out you can appear to be older than you really are.
The ultimate goal with eyelid surgery is to eliminate drooping lids or to help combat puffiness that appears underneath the eyelids. It is important that patients understand that this is not a lift procedure, so it often does not address any lines and wrinkles around the eyes. However, it can have a significant impact on your overall facial appearance. During the procedure, Dr. Sadati will remove excess fat and excess skin, and at the same time he will work on the eyelid muscles. The result is a fresh new appearance around the eyes, ultimately allowing the patient to look younger.
The surgery typically takes about 3 hours, but the ultimate time is dependent on what procedure each patient has. If a patient has both the upper and lower lid of both eyes done, the surgery will last 3 or more hours. For a less intensive procedure, the ultimate surgery time will decrease.
At the end of the procedure, patients should expect there to be some initial swelling around the eyes. The swelling will subside within a few days. As with any surgical procedure, there are minor risks involved with having a blepharoplasty performed. Some patients may experience blurred, or double vision immediately following the surgery, but again, that will also subside as the recovery process continues. Because this procedure is typically performed on both eyes, some patients will find that one eye feels faster than the other eye. This can cause the eyes not to look symmetrical, but it will correct as the other eye continues to heal.
The recovery process takes about a week to 10 days. Dr. Sadati typically recommends that his patients keep their head elevated for at least 3 days after the operation, and they are required to take it easy for at least a week. Most patients are able to return to their jobs and normal activities within 10 days. However, exercise should be avoided for 3 to 5 weeks so that pressure is not put on the eyes, and patients also need to avoid drinking alcohol for 3 to 5 weeks. The recovery process is essential to the long-term success of this surgery. Any patients who require assistance or have any questions during their recovery should contact Dr. Sadati’s office as soon as possible. He is happy to help and wants to make sure all his patients are comfortable as they recover so that they can see the best results in the end.