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Many people develop pronounced eye bags, considerable skin laxity, and excess fat in the lower eyelids as they age. The most effective way to resolve these unwanted changes is with a surgical procedure called lower blepharoplasty. At the medical practice of Dr. Jason Emer in Beverly Hills, lower blepharoplasty is frequently recommended for patients who desire dramatic, long-lasting lower lid rejuvenation.
What Is Lower Blepharoplasty?
Lower blepharoplasty, or eye bag surgery, is a cosmetic surgery that smooths and refreshes the lower eyelid area. Common reasons for lower eyelid surgery include:
- Under-eye bags
- Excess skin
This procedure should only be performed by a qualified facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Emer works with double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and blepharoplasty specialist Dr. Akshay Sanan to provide his patients with exceptional lower eyelid surgery results.
Right for you?
Am I a Good Candidate for Lower Blepharoplasty?
Candidates are typically men and women who are over the age of 40. It is less common for younger patients to seek lower eyelid surgery since they generally will not have experienced a significant loss of skin elasticity.
Cosmetic lower eyelid concerns in younger patients can often be resolved with non-surgical eyelid rejuvenation. However, the aging process affects everyone differently, and eye bag surgery can be an appropriate intervention for younger patients who develop puffiness and under-eye bags at an earlier age.
To be considered a good candidate for this procedure, you must be free of any health conditions that interfere with the body’s healing process. Smoking impedes healing, so you must also be a non-smoker or willing to abstain from smoking for an extended period of time.
How Is Lower Eyelid Surgery Performed?
Every lower blepharoplasty procedure requires the use of anesthesia to ensure the comfort of the patient. Prior to your surgery, your options for anesthesia will be explained to you, so you and our plastic surgeon can select the best choice for your needs.
The next step is to make the necessary incisions. Incisions will be made on the inside of the eyelid or right below the lower lash line, depending on which surgical approach is optimal for you. Based on your facial structure and tissue, one of the following methods will be used:
- Transconjunctival blepharoplasty with fat repositioning
- Transcutaneous blepharoplasty with fat repositioning
This approach leaves no visible scar and is only used when skin excision is not required. A discreet incision on the inside of the lower lid provides access to the under-eye fat pads. The fat pads can then be repositioned to restore youthful contours and fill under-eye hollows.
This technique, which involves creating a skin flap to access and reposition fat, is often preferable for patients with more aged skin in the lower eyelid.
In addition to repositioning fat, lower blepharoplasty can tighten the muscles of the lower eyelids to resolve eyelid laxity. Skin removal and/or skin tightening may also be needed to achieve a smooth, youthful look.
The doctor emer difference
Our Approach to Lower Blepharoplasty
Our holistic approach to facial enhancement consistently delivers natural looking improvements. When developing a treatment plan for a patient, we consider how rejuvenating one area of the face will affect the surrounding areas and the overall facial appearance. We strategically combine treatments that target multiple treatment areas.
Though lower blepharoplasty can be performed as a stand-alone procedure, that approach is rarely advisable when the objective is a natural, harmonious facial appearance. Instead, eye bag surgery is often combined with additional facial plastic surgeries such as upper blepharoplasty (upper eyelid surgery), facelift, and/or brow lift procedures.
Non-surgical treatments can also complement a lower blepharoplasty. Dermal fillers, neuromodulators, laser skin resurfacing, and other energy-based treatments can be used to complement a lower blepharoplasty and achieve comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
Eyelid Lift Recovery
Eyelid surgery recovery typically involves seven to 14 days of downtime. Dr. Emer will closely monitor your recovery and provide guidance regarding when you can return to work and resume your normal activities.
To accelerate the healing process following eyelid surgery, Dr. Emer recommends various restorative treatments, including IV Hydration Therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), oxygen facials, LightStim LED Light Therapy, and a customized skincare protocol.
Eyelid Surgery Results
You can expect to see initial eyelid lift results after about two weeks. Final results are typically achieved after two or three months when the area has healed completely.
Blepharoplasty results last many years. Dr. Emer can help you maintain your youthful look by recommending skincare and in-office cosmetic treatments.
Lower Blepharoplasty Recovery
Some discomfort, bruising, and swelling can be expected during the first several days of your lower blepharoplasty recovery. Patients may also experience dry eyes following their procedure. When used as recommended by your surgeon, eye drops, cold compresses, and other therapies can provide relief from these symptoms.
It is important to follow all aftercare instructions carefully and to allow your body time to rest. Follow-up appointments will allow us to monitor your recovery and advise you when you can safely increase your activity levels and return to your normal routine.
How Long Do Lower Eyelid Lift Results Last?
Your lower blepharoplasty results can last a decade or more. A healthy lifestyle, proper skincare, and periodic collagen-stimulating treatments can help you extend your youthful look for even longer.
Dr. Emer encourages patients to adopt a targeted anti-aging skincare regimen. He can help you select quality products that hydrate, nourish, and protect the skin to prevent visible signs of aging.
Dr. Emer also offers many non-surgical, in-office treatments that work to boost your body’s natural collagen production and prevent sagging and wrinkling. His minimally invasive, patient-specific, anti-aging protocols often include:
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Thread lifting
What Is the Cost of Lower Blepharoplasty in Beverly Hills?
Factors affecting the price of lower eyelid surgery include the surgical techniques, length of the procedure, and complexity of accomplishing your cosmetic goals. Your consultation will include a review of your treatment plan and the associated cost.
Find Out if Lower Eyelid Surgery Is Right for You
If you are tired of looking tired due to eye bags and loose lower eyelid skin, we are here to help you reclaim your more youthful facial appearance. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and access the best lower blepharoplasty in Beverly Hills.