What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can remove excess skin and fat from the eyelids to help reduce common signs of aging. Some areas that blepharoplasty can target include drooping or sagging skin along the eyelids. A blepharoplasty in Newport Beach can also tighten the underlying muscles to ensure they remain taut and do not shift from their original position.

Why Choose Dr. Lee?

Dr. Richard H. Lee is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of experience performing eyelid surgery for men and women in the Newport Beach area. He will listen carefully to your goals and concerns in order to develop a customized treatment plan that will deliver the beautiful, natural-looking results you desire.

You can learn about your options and receive individualized recommendations by speaking with Dr. Lee in person. Please call our office today to schedule a blepharoplasty consultation. We serve patients in Newport Beach, Irvine, and throughout Orange County, California.

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Benefits of Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery in Newport Beach is one of the most effective ways to reverse the signs of aging and restore a more youthful facial appearance. Some of the benefits you’ll experience from blepharoplasty include:

  • Improvement in the appearance of dark circles under the eyes
  • Elimination of eye puffiness
  • Elimination of hollows in the eyes
  • Opening the eye region
  • Removing deep folds in the eyelids
  • Elimination of bags underneath the eyes
  • Elimination of excess skin responsible for wrinkles and droopy eyelids

You may also experience vision benefits from your procedure. Droopy eyelids can often impede your visual field, and removing them during eyelid surgery can help you see more clearly. Your rejuvenated, youthful appearance can also lead to improved self-confidence, which will provide tremendous benefits in all of your social and professional interactions.

What Is the Best Age for Eyelid Surgery?

There is no “right age” to undergo eyelid surgery. Most men and women seeking blepharoplasty have traditionally been in their 40s and 50s. However, in recent years Dr. Lee has seen a growing number of individuals in their mid to late 30s undergo the procedure to address these early signs of facial aging when they first start to develop.

If you prefer to experience the facial rejuvenation benefits of eyelid surgery at a younger age, Dr. Lee can discuss your options with you in detail. It’s never too early to enjoy the perks that come along with looking young and feeling your best.

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Ideal Eyelid Surgery Candidates

Eyelid surgery candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure. Blepharoplasty in Newport Beach is an excellent option for men and women who would like to address one or more of the following signs of aging:

  • Drooping upper eyelids
  • Lost upper eyelid crease
  • Sagging or wrinkling in the upper or lower eyelid skin
  • Hollows underneath the eyes create an appearance of dark bags
  • Puffy fat deposits in the lower eyelid, which commonly result in a tired appearance
  • Excess skin in the upper eyelid that impedes your visual field

Blepharoplasty only addresses signs of aging around the eyes. If you are looking to correct more extensive signs of aging throughout your face, Dr. Lee may recommend a facelift or a brow lift in conjunction with your eyelid surgery to achieve the comprehensive facial rejuvenation results you desire.

In some instances, nonsurgical treatments such as injectables and fillers can be used to enhance the facial rejuvenation results achieved during blepharoplasty.

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Your Blepharoplasty Procedure

Blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. An incision is made within the upper eyelid's natural crease and below the lash line on the lower eyelid to ensure the scars are discreetly concealed. Excess fat and skin are removed to achieve a more youthful appearance.

Your Results

Dr. Lee will give you detailed aftercare instructions. It’s important to follow them as directed in order to ensure proper healing and the best possible outcome. Initial results should appear once the swelling and bruising subside, but it may take a few months before you see your final outcome. Your results should last a long time, providing a more youthful appearance for years to come.

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Blepharoplasty Recovery Process

The recovery process is relatively short, and most patients are able to resume normal activities within about ten days.

While your eyes are healing, you may experience:

  • Mild bruising and swelling
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurred or double vision

Your vision should clear up after a day or two, and the other side effects will gradually subside within two weeks after surgery.

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Contact Our Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Richard H. Lee is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Newport Beach. His goal when working with patients is to educate and guide patients through their plastic surgery journey while operating with safety, integrity, and natural results as his highest priority. If you're looking for a personalized and elegant blepharoplasty in Newport Beach, Dr. Lee is the surgeon for you. 

Please contact Dr. Richard H. Lee to schedule your eyelid surgery consultation. We serve patients in Newport Beach, Irvine, and Orange County, California.

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