The Eyes Have It — Blepharoplasty

BlepharoplastyYour eyes are critical components when you interact with others. Studies show that most people say the eyes are the part of the face they notice first when meeting a new person.

Question is — what are your eyes saying about you?

If you’re like most of us over the age of 50, your eyes are maybe saying you’re tired all the time. They may be saying, “Damn, I’ve had a ton of sun exposure!” They may even be saying you’re irritated or mad.

It could be time for eyelid surgery with Dr. Lavey to turn back the clock on your eyes.

What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery can involve either the upper or lower eyelid, or both at the same time. Dr. Lavey removes excess skin and usually repositions fat deposits to take a decade or more off the person’s face.

How is blepharoplasty done?

Upper and lower eyelid surgery usually takes about one hour with the patient under general or twilight anesthesia.

Upper eyelid surgery almost always involves the removal of excess skin. The incision is made in the upper eyelid crease, extending into the crow’s feet area, but is basically invisible afterwards. On the lower eyelid, Dr. Lavey may or may not remove excess skin. Often the incisions here can be made on the inner eyelids (the side that faces the eye), so they are invisible. If excess skin needs to be removed on the lower eyelid, the incision will be made just below the eyelash, also in a natural crease. Rather than removing fat deposits, which can leave the patient with a hollow look, Dr. Lavey usually repositions fat to ensure a natural look.


Recovery after eyelid surgery is not difficult. Pain is minimal. Swelling can be managed with a cold compress. There will be bruising for a week to 10 days, possibly a few more days on the lower eyelid. This can be easily covered with makeup. Otherwise, after just a week or so you can return to work and your co-workers will wonder why you look younger. But they’ll have no idea you had eyelid surgery.

Want to take a decade off your face? Call Dr. Lavey at 925-820-3633 and schedule your consultation.

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