Eyelid Surgery


Dr. George Sanders is proud of his reputation as one of the leading eyelid surgery specialists in Los Angeles. He has earned this distinction as a result of numerous referrals from highly-satisfied patients. Dr. Sanders is renowned throughout the area as a compassionate plastic surgeon who treats each blepharoplasty patient with the highest respect and empathy. This approach allows Dr. Sanders to consistently deliver beautiful, natural-looking results for all of his patients.

Why Have Eyelid Surgery?

Eyes are often regarded as the mirror of the soul. Sparkling, energetic eyes convey an image of a friendly personality, while constantly tired-looking eyes can create an image of a melancholic, withdrawn individual. Although the appearance of the eyes is largely determined by mood and emotions, genetic factors and the process of aging also play an important role. Thus, many people in their 40s and 50s notice that their eyes have lost their youthful spark due to wrinkles, as well as excess skin, fat and/or muscle on the upper and lower eyelids. While drooping eyelids used to be an unfortunate part of getting older, today men and women can restore their youthful eye appearance by undergoing eyelid surgery in Los Angeles.

Good Candidates for Eyelid Surgery

A person who is considered a good candidate for eyelid surgery is someone who:

  • Is in overall good health
  • Has no serious eye conditions
  • Has drooping upper or lower eyelids
  • Has puffy bags under the eyes

Eyelid Surgery Procedure

The choice of anesthesia used during the procedure depends on patient preference as well as on the extent of the surgery. An upper eyelid lift can sometimes be performed under local anesthesia, whereas lower eyelid surgery may require IV sedation anesthesia, in which the patient is breathing on their own yet feeling no discomfort. Depending on the facial characteristics and aesthetic desires of each patient, Dr. Sanders creates small incisions in the creases of the upper eyelids and usually inside the lower eyelid. He then carefully repositions fat and then removes excess fat and skin. The upper eyelid incision is closed with tiny sutures and no sutures are placed inside the lower eyelid. If there is no excess skin in the lower eyelid area, none is removed. Wrinkled skin, however, may be treated with laser resurfacing or a chemical peel. The entire procedure takes between 45 minutes and two hours, depending on whether the upper or lower eyelids, or both, are being treated, and the amount of skin and fat being removed.

When performing lower eyelid surgery, the doctor may not only remove the fat from the lower lid (for patients with good skin tone) but may also reposition it to the “tear trough” groove located between the eyelid and the cheek. Repositioning the fat to this area prevents the eyes from having a “hollowed out” look and creates a smoother, younger look for the mid-face. Once the fat is put into position, it will remain there and not dissolve the way injected fat will, since it will remain attached to its blood supply.

Eyelid Surgery or Brow Lift — or Both?

Whereas eyelid surgery corrects drooping eyelids and under-eye bags, a brow lift is often used to lift a heavy or sagging brow line, deep furrows in the forehead and lines between the eyebrows. Since falling eyebrows can also affect the upper eyelids, causing them to have a “hooded” look, many people seek to correct this problem with a brow lift or a brow lift in combination with eyelid surgery. If there is drooping of the upper or lower eyelids without a sagging brow line, eyelid surgery alone may be recommended. During your personal consultation with Dr. Sanders, he will be able to suggest whether one or both of these procedures would be right for you.

View more of our blepharoplasty results in our eyelid surgery before and after photo gallery.

Recovering from Eyelid Surgery

Immediately following eyelid surgery, there will be some bruising and swelling in the eye and cheek area, which will usually subside within two weeks. Apply a cold compress to the eye area and sleep with your head elevated by two or three pillows in order to reduce swelling. Mild discomfort during this time can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medications, but avoid ibuprofen and aspirin products as they may increase bleeding. Avoid strenuous activity for two weeks post-surgery. Eyeglasses can be worn immediately after surgery, but contact lenses should not be worn for about two weeks. Most patients are able to return to work after one or two weeks, and exercise by two weeks. They usually look quite normal by then.

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?

The price of eyelid surgery will fluctuate based on factors including whether the upper or lower eyelids, or both, will be treated during the procedure. In your consultation with Dr. Sanders, he will provide you with a price estimate that is based on this and other factors specific to you as a patient. During your consultation, you may also wish to ask about the financing options available, which create an affordable monthly payment method with low to zero interest.

Contact Us

Do you have drooping, unsightly upper eyelids making you appear older than your age? Are you tired of looking tired due to the accumulation of puffy under-eye bags? Eyelid surgery restores an open and alert expression to your face, making you look years younger. Find out more about eyelid surgery by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Sanders today. Contact his office at (818) 981-3333.

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