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Eyelid Surgery Overview

Eyelid surgery can give you a more youthful, rested, and alert appearance with a single targeted procedure. The surgery can also serve a functional purpose if loose skin from your eyelids is getting in the way of your vision. Depending on your needs, the procedure might include:

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  • Revising features of your upper eyelids, your lower eyelids, or both sets of eyelids.
  • Removing loose skin that’s impeding your vision.
  • Reducing wrinkles with laser resurfacing.
  • Repositioning fat to reduce puffiness and filling in hollow areas.

Benefits of Eyelid Surgery

Your eyes can have an outsized effect on the way you look. Even if you’re relatively young, wrinkles, dark circles beneath your eyes, or drooping lids can give people the impression that you’re older than your age, more tired than you feel, or less focused than you are.

Eyelid surgery can improve these aesthetic issues without changing your physical identity. Dr. Sanders’ techniques focus on restoring features to their earlier state and on conservatively addressing signs of aging and fatigue. As a result, you can expect to look like a younger and more alert version of yourself.

Additionally, if loose eyelid skin is affecting your ability to see clearly, your insurance may cover a portion of the procedure. To explore this option, Dr. Sanders may recommend that you visit an ophthalmologist in the San Fernando Valley for a vision field test.

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convey an image of a friendly personality, while constantly tired-looking eyes can create an image of a melancholic, withdrawn individual.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.

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.

Patient 1b Eyelid Surgery Before and After
Patient 1a Eyelid Surgery Before and After

Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

Consider upper eyelid surgery if drooping eyelids are making you look fatigued or aging your appearance, or excess skin is hooding your eyes and partially blocking your vision.

A private consultation with Dr. Sanders at his San Fernando Valley practice can help in your decision. In some cases, features other than eyelids can cause sagging skin, wrinkles, and hooding. For example, a drooping brow can magnify problems in the upper eyelids. Dr. Sanders will often combine a brow lift with eyelid surgery to improve these aesthetic concerns.

You may be a candidate for lower eyelid surgery if:

  • Bags or dark circles beneath your eyes make it seem as though you’ve been up all night.
  • Wrinkles in the skin below your eyes are causing you to appear older than your true age.

What Is the Recovery from Eyelid Surgery Like?

Dr. Sanders will check in with you the night after your surgery to see how you’re feeling. He’ll also visit with you at the office the day after your procedure and then again one week afterward.

We include treatments in our SILK medical spa at no additional charge. Most eyelid surgery patients have spa appointments between one and two weeks after their procedure to soothe their surgical sites and to speed healing. Within two weeks, you should be able to get back to normal activities.

Dr. Sanders performs his procedures in a Medicare-certified surgery center to ensure high standards of care. With eyelid surgery:

  • Light sedation helps patients stay asleep and completely comfortable without the need for intubation.
  • Sanders typically finishes eyelid surgery in one hour. He may also perform laser resurfacing to smooth away wrinkles.
  • Our San Fernando Valley patients usually spend an hour in the recovery room before heading home.

Pricing for Eyelid Surgery

We encourage you to visit our practice to discuss costs in more detail. Our team will help you make your decision about treatment by providing you with transparent pricing, answers to your questions, and a comparison of all of your options — and we’ll never pressure you to have a procedure. It’s part of our commitment to giving you and all of our patients the best care possible.

The price for your eyelid surgery will depend on several factors:

  • Whether you are having surgery on your upper eyelids alone, on your lower eyelids alone, or on both sets of eyelids.
  • If you require a brow lift to get the type of aesthetic improvement you want.
  • If you have supporting aesthetic procedures during the surgery. For example, Dr. Sanders may recommend laserbrasion to treat the fine lines and wrinkles in your lower eyelid skin.

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 offers you a more open, youthful, and alert appearance with a single targeted procedure. To learn more, contact Dr. George Sanders online or by phone in the San Fernando Valley at (818) 981-3333.

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