Restoring Your Youthful Appearance With Eyelid Surgery

When your eyelids droop, sag, or puff up, it can make you look perpetually tired, old, or even angry, and that’s probably not how you want to present yourself to the world. Fortunately, there’s a procedure that can restore your eyes to their younger, wide-open look — eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty.

At Desired Beauty in Bakersfield and the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, board-certified cosmetic and general surgeon Dr. Farzin Kerendian combines innovative technology and skilled artistry to help his patients achieve their aesthetic goals, including helping you see the world again through eyes reminiscent of the younger you. Here’s what you need to know.

Why eyelids droop and puff

The skin around your eyes is normally very thin. And as it ages, it begins to lose its supply of collagen and elastin, two proteins that give it strength and resiliency. With that loss, together with the pull of gravity, the more lax skin begins to sag and droop, collecting in folds on both the upper and lower eyelids. The skin can even hang over the upper lashes, obstructing your vision to some extent.

In addition, you have a layer of fat that cushions your eyeball from the skull bones. The thin membrane holding this fat in place also weakens with age, so that the fat moves forward into the lower lids, causing them to puff up.

What blepharoplasty entails

According to the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons, in 2018, about 206,000 people opted to have blepharoplasty to correct the effects of aging, making it one of the top five cosmetic surgical procedures.

The blepharoplasty procedure may involve either the upper or lower lids, or both. If you’re having both done, Dr. Kerendian addresses the upper eyelids first. To start, he gives you a local anesthetic as well as some IV sedation to keep you comfortable. Next, he makes a small cut in the crease of the eyelid, so the scar won’t be seen, then removes excess skin, muscle, and fat. He may also move some of the tissues to other points around the eye for a more pleasing look before he stitches up the wound.

For the lower lid, he makes the incision along the lower lash line — again, to hide the scar — removing the fat that’s contributing to your under-eye bags, as well as a small amount of skin. He then tightens the underlying muscles that have also weakened with age, and he may reposition the fatty tissue to enhance your eye’s youthful appearance.

Am I a good candidate?

You’re a good candidate if you’re over 35 and have drooping lids or bags under your eyes and are bothered by your appearance. You shouldn’t have any serious skin or eye conditions, you shouldn’t smoke or have any chronic illness that could affect your recovery, and you should have a positive attitude and realistic expectations for the surgery’s outcome. Discuss your aesthetic goals with Dr. Kerendian at your consultation to ensure they’re realistic.

If you’re a good candidate and have other aesthetic concerns, Dr. Kerendian may suggest combining your blepharoplasty with other cosmetic procedures, such as an eyebrow lift to fully revitalize your appearance.

If your droopy eyelids are making your self-confidence sag, a blepharoplasty might be just the thing to perk you up. Give Desired Beauty a call at either of our locations or schedule a consultation online. We can help.

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