The Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
The top benefits of eyelid surgery are:
- Enhanced eyelid shape for a more youthful appearance
- Remove pesky under eye circles and dark under eye bags
- Appear less “tired” and achieve a more invigorated, lively look
- Reduce skin irritation from excess folds rubbing together
- Improve your line of sight by addressing heavy eyelids
- Alleviate forehead discomfort associated with constantly lifting sagging eyelids
- Reduce wrinkle formation by addressing the need to lift your eyebrows to see
- Natural-looking long-term results and minimal scarring
It is Generally Ideal for You If
- You do not like the shape or look of your eyelids.
- You have a tired-looking appearance due to sagging eyelids.
- Your eyelids are impeding your ability to see properly.
- Your eyes are puffy due to excess fat deposits.
- You are in good overall physical and mental health.
- You have realistic expectations for your procedure results.
It is Not So Great for You If
- You have unrealistic needs and expectations for the surgery.
- You want to address fine lines and wrinkles with eyelid surgery.
- You have a medical condition or illness that may put you at risk for complications during surgery.
- You have a serious eye condition that may affect your results.
- You regularly smoke.
How Old Do I Have to Be?
The minimum age requirement for plastic surgery, including eyelid surgery, is 18 years old. There is no maximum age requirement as long as Dr. Sanders determines you are in good overall health.
Before and After – Results
To get a better understanding of how eyelid surgery can improve and benefit your appearance, view Dr. Sanders’ before and after photo gallery below.
The Procedure Process Explained
Learn more about the eyelid surgery process below, including what your eyelid surgery consultation will involve, procedure preparation, what surgery is like, and what you can expect during your eyelid recovery.
Your eyelid surgery consultation with Dr. Sanders is the first step to achieving beautiful, natural-looking results. During your consultation, Dr. Sanders will examine your eyes and eyelids, ask questions to learn more about your unique needs and cosmetic goals, and make professional recommendations on how you can achieve those goals with eyelid surgery.
This is also an ideal opportunity to get to know Dr. Sanders and ask about his background, education, and experience performing eyelid surgery. Dr. Sanders follows a patient-centered approach and is here to ensure you feel comfortable in his skills and ability to deliver exceptional eyelid surgery results.
What Should I Do in Preparation?
Like any other plastic surgery, you will achieve better results if you are in good health. Dr. Sanders recommends his patients prepare for their eyelid surgery by adopting a healthy lifestyle, including a nutritious diet and regular exercise.
Additionally, he recommends you stop all smoking, alcohol intake, and the use of blood-thinning medication, such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen.
Before your procedure, Dr. Sanders will provide more detailed preparation instructions to ensure you are ready for your surgery.
What is Surgery Like?
Generally, eyelid surgery involves removing excess fat and skin from eyelids (either the upper or lower, or both), tightening the eyelid muscle, and surgical lifting of the eyelid for a rejuvenated appearance.
This procedure is performed under IV sedation or local anesthesia and takes approximately one to two hours to complete. Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, which means you will be discharged and sent home on the day of surgery.
What Should I Expect in Terms of Recovery?
After your eyelid surgery, you may wake up with blurry vision. This is completely normal and to be expected. Additionally, you will likely experience dry eyes and minor swelling. To address this, Dr. Sanders will prescribe antibiotic cream and may recommend you use artificial teardrops to alleviate any eye dryness.
For swelling, he may recommend the use of a cold compress and that you maintain an upright position for the first week of your recovery; avoid lying down and sleep with extra pillows behind your head.
Recovery after eyelid surgery lasts for one to two weeks. You should avoid any strenuous activities during this time. Dr. Sanders will provide you with more detailed aftercare and recovery instructions based on your unique procedure and treatment plan.
Meet Our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Sanders is a trusted board-certified plastic surgeon that has helped thousands of individuals of all ages, gender identities, and ethnicities achieve their aesthetic and cosmetic goals.
With almost three decades of plastic surgery experience and an education background featuring some of the most prestigious medical organizations in the world, including Harvard Medical School and UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Sanders profoundly understands how to combine surgical precision and aesthetic artistry for beautiful, natural results.
He is proud to serve patients throughout the San Fernando Valley and is passionate about helping them look and feel their best.
Are There Any Risks Involved?
As with any other plastic surgery, there are risks that come with eyelid surgery. These risks include:
- Anesthesia Reaction
- Swelling and Bruising
- Changes in Sensations
- Lid Lag
- Eye Dryness
- Eye Sensitivity
- Possible Scarring
These risks are mitigated when you choose a highly-experienced plastic surgeon for your procedure. Dr. Sanders has years of experience safely performing eyelid surgery to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results.
Will I Need to Request Extensive Time Off from Work?
Dr. Sanders recommends taking one to two weeks off from work. For more details regarding time off work, refer to your individual aftercare instructions from Dr. Sanders.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Generally, results after eyelid surgery are long-lasting, and you will enjoy rejuvenated, younger-looking eyes for years to come. However, it is important to note that aging and gravity can affect your appearance, and follow-up treatment may be necessary to restore your initial results.
Is It Really Worth it?
If you struggle with heavy-lidded, drooping, or sagging eyelids that affect your appearance or impede your vision, eyelid surgery can address these issues and help you achieve your cosmetic goals. If you are ready to look and feel younger, consult with Dr. Sanders in the San Fernando Valley to learn more about eyelid surgery and how you may benefit from this procedure.
You’re in Good Hands with Dr. Sanders
A Harvard Medical School-educated and board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sanders performs a wide variety of plastic and reconstructive procedures in the San Fernando Valley. He draws on his thirty years of plastic surgery experience and aesthetic artistry skills to deliver remarkable results.
Dr. Sanders is committed to helping his patients achieve their desired goals through personalized treatment plans and providing the highest care and service for an exceptional experience. If you are ready to look and feel your best, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanders today by calling (818) 981-3333.