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The Most Common Questions About Eyelid Surgery

Posted On 05/14/2019 by Dr. Christopher Zoumalan

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What is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is cosmetic or plastic surgery performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. The surgery rejuvenates the area around the eyes. Patients have this surgery for both cosmetic and functional reasons.

What is the Difference Between Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery?

Many people think cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are “the same thing.” The confusion stems from the fact that many plastic surgeons practice cosmetic surgery. As a result, people often use these terms interchangeably– but they are not the same.

The main difference is that cosmetic surgery enhances the appearance. Plastic surgery, by contrast, repairs defects to restore a natural appearance. Some examples of cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are as follows:


Is Eyelid Surgery Considered Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery?

Eyelid surgery is, in fact, both cosmetic and plastic surgery. This is because many people experience functional difficulties due to sagging eyelid skin. They may not see well or keep their eyes open enough. Other patients seek eyelid surgery as a way to enhance their appearance and look younger. Since there are different reasons for having eyelid surgery, falls into both categories.

What is “an Oculoplastic Surgeon?”

Certification by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) requires a rigorous level of training. Many years of a residency training in Ophthalmology followed by a rigorous set of written and oral boards are required to be taken and passed in order to allow for board-certification first in Ophthalmology. Following this, a two-year fellowship training certified by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is required. Your Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon, also termed Oculoplastic Surgeon, must pass qualifying exams. To sit for their exams, ophthalmic plastic surgeons must fulfill high-level requirements. They have to pass an oral exam and a written exam. The exam tests them on their knowledge base, their ethical standing, and their safe and effective approach to multiple reconstructive and cosmetic challenges.

It is crucial to choose an eyelid surgeon in Beverly Hills who has undergone extensive training in eyelid plastic surgery. Doing this helps to avoid error and ensure a great, long-lasting result. Have a healthy and happy surgery by choosing someone qualified.

Am I a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

If you have any of the following conditions, you are a candidate for cosmetic eyelid surgery:

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
  • Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

Health Concerns

You are a good candidate for plastic surgery if you are healthy. Remember to know the risks associated with your procedure and have reasonable expectations.

You are not a good candidate if you have serious health problems. If you smoke, drink, are obese or have depression, you may also be at risk. If you are a smoker, your doctor may ask you to quit for two to four weeks before surgery, and two to four weeks afterward.

Your eyelid surgeon will review his or her criteria at your consultation.

How Long is the Recovery Period?

Recovery from eyelid surgery is quick. The first day after surgery, bruising and swelling should disappear. Patients can apply a cool compress during the first 2-3 days to reduce swelling and bruising. Light activity like walking will also help with healing. The surgeon will take out the stitches after a week. Patients can return to normal activity seven to 10 days after surgery.

Eyelid Surgeon in Beverly Hills

Dr. Christopher Zoumalan is a Board-Certified cosmetic eyelid surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Zoumalan’s goal is to provide the best solutions with the best results possible. Dr. Zoumalan uses the registered Natural Looking Blepharoplasty technique to rejuvenate the eyelids. This technique decreases recovery time and creates realistic-looking results. Contact Dr. Zoumalan today to request a one-on-one consultation via Skype!

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