LOS ANGELES EYELID SURGERY (BLEPHAROPLASTY) FAQ’S

What is blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery?

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid lift surgery, can restore the youthful appearance to your eyes by removing unwanted fat and excess muscle and skin from the eyelids. The Los Angeles eyelid surgery results in a more youthful, well rested and attractive appearance to your eyelids. The procedure can make you appear years younger, which can improve your appearance and self-confidence.

What are the benefits of eyelid surgery?

Los Angeles Blepharoplasty or Eyelid surgery removes unwanted or undesirable excess skin and fatty tissue. Eyelid surgery may also have additional functional benefits. It can restore vision that has been obscured by correcting droopy and sagging eyelids.

Will blepharoplasty correct the fine lines around my eyes?

Fine wrinkles or facial lines around the corner of the eyes, termed “crow’s feet,” are generally not corrected by the Los Angeles blepharoplasty procedure. However, they can be improved with our Los Angeles BOTOX® treatments.

Does eyelid surgery require incisions?

During blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, small incisions are made within the natural skin creases or edges of the eyelids to minimize any scarring. Careful and meticulous dissection and closure results in incisions that become nearly invisible in time.

What is transconjunctival or “scarless” eyelid surgery?

Transconjunctival eyelid surgery is a specialized technique in which a small incision is made inside the lower eyelid, and thus avoids any external incisions or the use of sutures. Lower lid herniated fat is removed, thus correcting the puffy lower eyelid appearance. No skin is removed.

Where does Dr. Hoefflin perform my eyelid surgery?

Dr. Hoefflin performs all operations are performed in fully credentialed and state-of-the-art surgical facilities in Beverly Hills.

What types of anesthesia are used for eyelid surgery?

Dr. Hoefflin performs Los Angeles blepharoplasty as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia with deep sedation, as administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. When performed in combination with other plastic surgery procedures, general anesthesia may be used. The procedure usually takes about one to two hours, depending upon whether both the upper and lower eyelids are being performed together.

Is it possible to have eyelid surgery awake and in the office?

Yes. In patients demonstrating mild to moderate excess upper eyelid skin, upper eyelid surgery can be performed comfortably and safely under local anesthesia, thus avoiding the operating room and any associated costs. Dr. Hoefflin maintains a dedicated procedure suite in his office for such procedures.

Can laser resurfacing of the eyelids be performed instead of surgery?

There are currently a number of both ablative and non-ablative lasers that can provide some level of improvement in you eyelid appearance by tightening the skin. However, laser surfacing does not address the deeper structural or functional components of the eyelid. These include herniated fat, eyelid ptosis, and septal laxity. Only true blepharoplasty surgery can improve these components and lead to the most natural and youthful result.

Can my blepharoplasty surgery be performed at the same time as other cosmetic procedures?

Yes. Dr. Hoefflin frequently performs blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery in combination with other complimentary cosmetic procedures, such as facelifts, browlift, necklift, breast augmentation, or liposuction.

What is the recovery process like after eyelid surgery?

Head elevation and ice compresses are encouraged for the first 24 hours to diminish any post-operative bruising or swelling. Patients can typically return to their normal daily routines about seven to ten days following their blepharoplasty procedure. All sutures are removed within 5-7 days after surgery. Bruising usually subsides after one week. Camouflaging eye makeup can be applied after your sutures are removed.

Should I expect pain after the procedure?

Our patients are surprisingly free of pain due to the long-acting local anesthetics that are used. Any pain is easily controlled with oral medication. Most patients describe the recovery process as a mild to moderate discomfort. Most patients tell us they feel much better than expected following their surgery and are able to return to work and social activities within several days to one week following surgery.

When can I resume working out?

Patients can return back to light or non-strenuous workouts after three weeks, with a full return to all activities after four to six weeks.

How long do the results of eyelid surgery last?

The results can last for many years. As long as you maintain your ideal body weight through a balanced diet and routine exercise, you will be able to maintain your contoured appearance.

What are the risks of eyelid surgery?

When performed by a properly qualified plastic surgeon, the risk of serious problems after eyelid surgery are rare. Most complications are minor, temporary, and can be easily resolved with conservative treatment and time. Complications may include infection, prolonged swelling, scarring, or unsatisfactory aesthetic result. You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon’s before and after surgery instructions.

Why is important to chose a board-certified plastic surgeon?

Your selection of a surgeon is as important as your decision to undergo cosmetic surgery itself. Many patients do not know that in most states, a licensed physician may perform plastic surgery without being board-certified in plastic surgery. This means someone not trained in Plastic Surgery could be performing your surgery.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Selecting a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery provides that your physician has completed the necessary and extensive training to perform plastic surgery and help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

What can I do to best prepare for my upcoming blepharoplasty?

Dr. Hoefflin and his staff will supply you with a list of pre-operative instructions, including medications to avoid, in the days and weeks leading up to your Los Angeles arm lift. Importantly, These instructions include quitting smoking as it can have deleterious effects on wound healing and your final result.

What can I do to minimize my risk of bruising?

Aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, Advil, and virtually all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents thin the blood and can promote bruising. In addition, anything herbal, red wine, and homeopathic medications can do the same. To minimize bruising, it’s advisable to avoid these products for 10 days before your blepharoplasty procedure.

Does insurance cover eyelid surgery?

If your eyelid surgery is being performed for functional benefits, it may be possible to have a portion of the operating room and anesthesia fees covered by your insurance carrier.

Does Dr. Hoefflin offer financing?

Dr. Hoefflin offers several financing programs to make our blepharoplasty procedure more affordable to his patients. To find out more information about Dr. Hoefflin’s financing options, click here.

How can I get more information about a blepharoplasty?

You can read more information about our eyelid procedures by clicking here. To learn if you are a candidate for the blepharoplasty, contact the offices of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hoefflin for a complimentary consultation