What is

Eyelid Surgery?

We can express a full range of emotions through our eyes without speaking a word. Are your eyes sending the right message? As we age, sagging of the upper eyelids or bagginess of the lower lids can tell the world we’re tired, disinterested or even angry, while also adding years to our face. There is a solution. Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift, removes or tightens sagging skin around the eyes. Surgery can also be used to alter the shape of the eye, such as with Asian eyelid surgery or to address droopy lids. The result is a fresher, more youthful look that accurately expresses who you are.

Benefits

of Eyelid Surgery

Eliminates puffiness and bags under the lower lids and the hooded skin on the upper lids

Creates a smoother, more taut appearance making you look younger and brighter

Vision issues due to overhanging eyelids will be remedied

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Before + After

Results

This 23-year-old Asian female was unhappy with how tired she always looked. Since her mother and sister both had puffy lower eyelids, the problem was likely genetic. Dr. Jung performed lower eyelid surgery to recontour and reposition her lower eyelid fat pads. The result is smoother, tauter skin, reduced puffiness and a more alert, bright appearance.

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Treatment

Considerations

Dr. Jung will evaluate you and discuss your treatment goals to customize his approach. An eyelid lift won’t fix dark circles, fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes, so if those issues concern you, you may want to combine the procedure with laser resurfacing or a chemical peel. Additionally, Dr. Jung may also recommend a browlift or facelift to help you achieve maximum aesthetic results.

An eyelid lift is generally performed under general anesthesia or I.V. sedation. Dr. Jung places incisions in the crease above each eye to address the upper lid. To remove the fatty deposits beneath the eyes, incisions are made just inside the lower eyelid. After the fat is taken out, the incisions are closed with tiny absorbable sutures. When excess skin and muscle need to be removed from the lower lids, Dr. Jung places the incisions in the natural smile crease below the lash line. The procedure takes between one and two hours.

In most Asian eyelid surgeries, Dr. Jung creates a fold in the upper eyelid and places tiny incisions where the crease would normally appear. The position and slope of this incision may vary depending on the patient’s cultural preferences. Next, he removes a thin crescent of excess skin, fat and muscle and closes the incisions with very fine sutures.

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Pre + Post

Op Care

Dr. Jung will provide you with instructions to follow prior to your eyelift to ensure the best possible outcome. After surgery, the area around each eye will be bruised and swollen for a week or two and eyes may feel dry and scratchy. Patients should keep their heads elevated and periodically place cold compresses on their eyes. Dr. Jung might prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointment. We recommend patients wear dark sunglasses for a few days to remind themselves not to touch their eyelids. Most people are able to resume their normal activities a week post-surgery. Bloody tears and drainage are normal with increased activity. You should wait ten days to wear makeup again and two to three weeks after surgery to wear contact lenses.

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