Overall, eyelid surgery in Pleasanton & Danville, CA provides a more vibrant and awake facial appearance. Vision may also be improved, which means your health insurance plan may cover part of the surgery cost.
Dr. Eric P. Bachelor and his associates at Eastbay Aesthetic Surgery are experts at the blepharoplasty procedure and can help you rejuvenate your eye and face area. If you’re ready to move ahead with your blepharoplasty procedure, call today at 925-462-3700 to schedule your consultation or fill out the online form. Or keep reading for more information.
- 1 What is a Blepharoplasty?
- 2 Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
- 3 Ideal Candidates
- 4 Types of Blepharoplasty
- 5 Consultation
- 6 Preparing for your Eyelid Surgery
- 7 The Procedure
- 8 Before & After Photos
- 9 Alternative Procedures
- 10 Recovery
- 11 Pricing
- 12 Learn More
What is a Blepharoplasty?
Our eyes are at the literal and figurative center of our beauty, and create harmony within the face. When our appearance changes due to aging or other reasons, our eyes may give off different signals to others, having a profound effect on interactions and relationships. A blepharoplasty is a procedure that can help remedy these unwanted physical changes, and dramatically improve our overall appearance.
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that can correct minor defects in a person’s eyes. This procedure aims to improve the overall aesthetic appearance of your upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty can help to reverse some of the changes that occur around the eyes during the natural aging process, such as droopy upper eyelids or even puffy bags below the eyes.
In addition to reversing signs of aging, a blepharoplasty can also improve facial symmetry as well as the definition of your eyelids, The surgical procedure typically takes no more than a couple of hours to complete and has a short recovery period.
Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
The surgery will restore your bright, youthful appearance, giving your face a rejuvenated look.
The main benefits of blepharoplasty surgery are to bring back a more vibrant and awake facial appearance. The procedure will bring back the harmony to your facial features. Your upper eyelids will appear smoother, and the procedure will also make your eyes look more alert and open. Blepharoplasty can remove the puffy bags, excess skin, and wrinkles underneath your eyes and on the lower eyelid. It can also address lower eyelid droopiness that can cause more of the white in the lower portion of your eyes to show.
As for the upper eyelids, surgery can remove excess fat deposits that make your eyes appear swollen as well as addressing folds in the upper eyelids created by loose or sagging skin. Because this impacts the natural contour of your eyes and can even impair your vision, a blepharoplasty can even improve your vision. Additional benefits of blepharoplasty procedures include:
- Smoothens the upper eyelids
- Makes eyes appear larger
- Treats bags and creases beneath the eyes
- Can improve vision in some cases
The ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are men and women who want to improve the overall appearance of their eyes to achieve a more youthful appearance. The procedure is ideal for those who would like to reduce the look of lines and wrinkles around the eyes to open up the face and provide age-defying results.
Types of Blepharoplasty
The types of eyelid surgery that Dr. Bachelor performs are the upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, and transconjunctival lower eyelid surgery. Here’s a brief overview of each.
Upper Eyelid Lift
This procedure involves making an incision in the natural crease of the upper eyelid to correct sagging or drooping upper eyelids. The fatty tissue is either removed or repositioned, and excess skin may also be removed.
Lower Eyelid Lift
This procedure address issues with the lower eyelid. The incision is made underneath the line of your lower eyelashes. Excess skin and lax muscles will be tightened and fat removed in the lower eyelid area.
Transconjunctival Lower Eyelid Surgery
Through an incision behind the lower eyelid (which should leave no visible scar), this procedure also address lower eyelid issues.
During your consultation with Dr. Eric Bachelor, you and the doctor will discuss your aesthetic concerns and expectations. He will then review your medical history and examine your eyes to make the final determination for candidacy.
If deemed a good candidate, you will receive an individualized treatment plan for your eyelid procedure. This will include instructions for both preparation and recovery to ensure your best results. Dr. Bachelor will answer any questions you may have at this time to ensure that you are fully informed before making any decisions.
Preparing for your Eyelid Surgery
During your consultation, Dr. Bachelor will give you a list of instructions that you are advised to follow in the weeks leading up to your eyelid procedure. Smokers will be asked to quit at least three weeks before surgery, and all patients will be asked to avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medications for about two weeks.
You may also be prescribed pain medication that you should pick up before your procedure, so that is it immediately accessible after your surgery. You will also be advised to arrange for a home from surgery, as you will be unable to drive yourself home.
To ensure comfort during surgery, your eyelid surgery may be performed under either general or local anesthetic. During an upper eyelid procedure, an incision is made within the natural crease of the upper lid, extending from the inside corner to slightly beyond the outside corner. Loose skin is trimmed to create a smooth appearance on the upper eyelid, and the incision is then closed with fine sutures.
In a lower eyelid procedure, the incisions can be placed within the natural lines of the lower eyelid or within the eyelid itself. A tiny amount of fat and loose skin can be removed from the lower lid area before the incision is closed with fine sutures. Ointment, gauze, and bandages are then applied to the eyelids to complete the eyelid lift.
In certain cases, Dr. Bachelor can perform these surgeries together to provide a comprehensive eyelid procedure. This can be discussed further at the time of the consultation, and Dr. Bachelor will make the treatment plan accordingly.
Before & After Photos
If a blepharoplasty is not the ideal procedure for you, there are some other treatments that may be a better fit to help you reach your aesthetic goals. These alternative treatments include Botox, a brow lift, and laser skin resurfacing.
This procedure specifically addresses wrinkles in the eye area. Botox is FDA-approved to treat frown lines and crow’s feet. The Botox is injected into your overactive facial muscles to paralyze them temporarily. This helps stop your facial muscles from making certain movements which will prevent the further development of dynamic wrinkles and lines throughout the face.
A brow lift addresses low-sitting eyebrows and restores them to a more youthful position. This reduces forehead wrinkles and improves your appearance, as well as your vision by lifting the brows and reducing heavy eyelids. In some cases, the brow lift and blepharoplasty can even be performed at the same time.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing will treat skin issues by removing the top layers of skin and inducing the body’s natural production of collagen and elastic to help repair any damage. It is best for those who simply wish to give their look a small refresher and want to avoid undergoing a surgical procedure.
Eyelid lift surgery in San Francisco Bay area has a recovery period lasting about 7-10 days. After the first week, you return to the office for a follow-up appointment and have the stitches removed. You can expect some puffiness and bruising during that time, but this will fade on its own within a matter of days.
We’ll advise you to spend the initial recovery period with your head elevated, and cold compresses applied to your eyes. If you have any questions or concerns during this time, please contact our office and speak with one of our helpful members of staff.
The cost of your surgery will depend on your individual circumstances and if any other additional treatments are required to achieve your desired results. Dr. Bachelor, with offices in Pleasanton and Danville, California, is ready to discuss your needs. At the time of the consultation, you will be given a personalized procedure quote based on your exact needs. Please contact our office today!
If you’re interested in the eyelid lift, we encourage you to visit our Bay Area plastic surgery office for a personal consultation. Our kind, responsive, and respectful staff will treat you like a family member of friend, while Dr. Bachelor provides the highest quality care. During a consultation, we can answer your questions and discuss the treatment options that interest you. Call our Danville office at 925-820-7290 or our Pleasanton office at 925-462-3700 to schedule your visit today.
We see patients from all over California and the U.S. Many of Dr. Bachelor’s patients come from the San Francisco Bay area, but also as from the Tri-valley area and beyond, including Lafayette, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Palo Alto, Mountain View, and San Jose.