When you look at cosmetic surgery statistics, year in and year out, blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgeries in the country. And it’s not just women. Dr. Ip has noticed a growing number of men are interested in eye rejuvenation surgeries.
Upper eyelid surgery to the rescue!
Hooded eyelids are not only unattractive, but they can actually preclude a person from seeing the full field of vision. They can be addressed by upper eyelid surgery. This type of procedure is best suited for individuals with significant amounts of loose, sagging skin in the upper eyelids.
Generally, a tiny incision following the natural contour of the upper eyelid and possibly extending to the outer edges will be made. The incision makes it possible for Dr. Ip to remove excess skin. Fat may be repositioned or removed while underlying muscles may also be tightened. Dr. Ip is very careful with removing fat, so that the patient doesn’t acquire a hollowed or “tight” look. Instead he often seeks to simply reposition fat. A standard upper eyelid surgery takes less than one hour to perform.
The majority of patients who undergo an upper eyelid surgery may also need a forehead/brow lift. This is because sagging in the brows can directly affect the upper eyelids. A thorough physical assessment and a discussion of your cosmetic goals with Dr. Ip will help figure out whether or not you need a brow lift with your blepharoplasty.
Healing following eyelid surgery varies from one patient to another. Some may have normal vision and significantly reduced swelling and bruising in a couple of weeks, while for others it may take a couple months for full recovery.
A personal consultation with Dr. Ip is your first step to figuring out if it’s time to do something about those hooded eyelids! Call either our Newport Beach or New York offices to schedule your consultation.