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Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty

This procedure is also called an eye lift, as excess skin and fat from the eyelids is removed to improve vision and create a more refreshed and youthful appearance. This procedure is also done to remove puffy bags under the eyes.

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can rejuvenate puffy, sagging, or tired-looking eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids.

Eyelid surgery may be performed for cosmetic reasons or to improve sight by lifting droopy eyelids out of the patient’s field of vision.

Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery FAQs

By removing excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids, blepharoplasty can rejuvenate puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes, giving a more youthful appearance. The procedure is also done to remove puffy bags under the eyes. It is typically a cosmetic procedure but can also improve vision by lifting droopy eyelids out of the patient’s field of vision.

Because blepharoplasty cannot be used to raise the eyebrows or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, crow’s feet or dark circles under the eyes, the procedure is often combined with others such as a facelift and BOTOX® treatments.

Incisions are made along the eyelids in inconspicuous places (in the creases of the upper lids, and just below the lashes on the lower lids) to minimize scar visibility. If no skin needs to be removed during surgery, the surgeon will likely perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, where the incision is made inside the lower eyelid and there are no visible scars.

Contact lenses may not be worn for two weeks. Glasses may be worn immediately.

Give your eyes a natural, refreshed and more youthful look! In May 2003, renowned plastic surgeon Daniel Ebroon, M.D. joined Conejo Simi Eye Group. He had been an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Northwestern University for five years, where he taught 25 doctors the very specialized skill of cosmetic eyelid plastic surgery (performed to remove excess skin on the eyelids and to remove puffy “bags” under the eyes). He is one of approximately 400 trained eyelid plastic surgeons in the world. Dr. Ebroon is now a faculty member at the UCLA Medical School and the Jules Stein Eye Institute.

Dr. Ebroon performs plastic surgery to revitalize aging, puffy and tired-looking eyes, and to correct droopy eyelids, under-eye bags and wrinkles around the eyes. He also performs forehead and brow lifts to raise the eyebrows and reduce forehead wrinkles. In addition, he specializes in eyelid cancer, broken bones around the eyes, tearing disorders, thyroid eye disease, and other eyelid disorders.

Please also visit Dr. Ebroon’s personal website: www.ebroon.com

What can eyelid surgery do for me?

Blepharoplasty is ideal for the correction of:

  • Loose, sagging, and/or folded upper eyelids that may limit vision
  • Puffy fat deposits in the upper eyelids
  • Under-eye bags
  • Sagging lower eyelids that may show the white of the eyes below the iris
  • Excess skin in the lower eyelids
  • Fine wrinkles in the lower eyelids

Forehead & Brow Lifts

A brow lift raises the forehead and eyebrows through tiny incisions made behind the hairline and is ideal for patients with droopy eyebrows. Often done with eyelid surgery to raise the eyebrows and reduce forehead wrinkles.

Forehead & Brow Lift FAQs

Browlifts can revitalize drooping or lined foreheads by tightening skin and muscles above the eyes, smoothing wrinkles and raising the eyebrows, helping you to look less angry, sad or tired.

The procedure is often combined with other operations such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and facelifts to improve the look of the eyes and other areas of the face.

The main difference lies in the type of incision made. In a traditional browlift the surgeon makes a coronal (headphone-shaped) incision behind the hairline, stretching between the ears and across the top of the forehead. In a minimally invasive endoscopic browlift the surgeon makes three to five short incisions (less than an inch long) behind the hairline. The endoscope — a slim instrument with a camera on the end — is placed in one incision so the surgeon can see beneath the skin, while he or she lifts the skin and adjusts muscles through the other incisions.

Many patients return to work or school in 7-10 days or less.

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