Lower Eyelid Surgery
The eyes are often among the most prominent features of the face, but unfortunately, they are also one of the first areas to succumb to visible signs of aging. The delicate skin and tissues that surround and support the eyes are especially susceptible to the aging process. As you get older, your skin will start to lose its firmness and elasticity, causing the lower eyelids to become saggy and wrinkled. The fat pads located beneath the eyes can also begin to protrude, resulting in a puffy or swollen appearance under the eyes that make you look older or more tired than you feel.
A lower eyelid surgery, also known as lower lid blepharoplasty, is a surgical cosmetic procedure that works to remove excess skin and fat beneath the eyes to create a more youthful and refreshed appearance. If you have noticed a chronic puffiness under your eyes that no amount of sleep or makeup can conceal, it may be time to consider lower eyelid surgery at Dr. Haena Kim Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. An eyelid lift can turn back the clock on your appearance drastically and allow you to look well-rested and rejuvenated for years to come.
Who is a Candidate for a Lower Eyelid Surgery?
A lower blepharoplasty is an excellent solution for healthy adult men and women who wish to restore a more youthful and rested appearance to the area under their eyes. While under-eye bags and droopiness are more commonly a result of the natural aging process, they can also be inherited through genetics and occur as early as your twenties. Whether caused by heredity, aging, or poor lifestyle habits, you may consider a lower eyelid surgery if you have any of the following aesthetic concerns:
- You have constant puffiness and bags under your lower eyelids
- Excess under-eye tissues cause you to look perpetually tired, sad or angry
- You have deep grooves under your eyes
- You have excess skin and lower eyelid wrinkles
- Your lower eyelids are asymmetrical
As long as you are in good overall health and have no pre-existing eye conditions, you are likely an ideal candidate for lower blepharoplasty. A lower eyelid surgery may be combined with additional procedures, such as an upper eyelid lift, brow lift, facelift or facial fat transfer for comprehensive facial rejuvenation. During your in-person consultation, Dr. Kim will carefully assess your aesthetic concerns and goals to determine which procedure or combination of procedures will produce the results you want and expect.
How is a Lower Eyelid Surgery Performed?
Lower eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis with light sedation or general anesthesia depending on the complexity of your surgery and whether any additional surgeries will be performed. Dr. Kim will first create small and discreet incisions just below your lower lash line to avoid any visible scarring after your procedure. Through these incisions, Dr. Kim will remove or reposition the fat under your eyes to create a smooth and natural contour beneath the lower lids.
Depending on the patient, excess, sagging skin may also be removed, or the lower eyelid muscle may be tightened to provide the most natural and long-lasting outcomes. The incisions will then be closed and in most cases should be virtually undetectable after your procedure. Lower blepharoplasty will typically take between one to two hours to complete if no additional procedures are being performed.
Lower Eyelid Surgery Recovery
You will be able to return home for the duration of your recovery a few hours after your lower blepharoplasty is complete. Dr. Kim will provide you with detailed postoperative and aftercare instructions to ensure your recovery process goes as smoothly as possible. Common side effects after a lower eyelid surgery include swelling, bruising, dry eyes, discomfort and temporarily blurred vision, but these effects should resolve on their own within a few days or weeks. Dr. Kim can help to speed up her patient’s recovery time and reduce symptoms like bruising and swelling by recommending oral vitamin C, topical arnica and ice. Patients will also be encouraged to wear sunglasses while outdoors to avoid irritation from wind and UV rays.
Most patients feel comfortable returning to work or normal daily activities within five to seven days of their procedure. Strenuous activities and exercise can typically be resumed after two to three weeks or after receiving clearance from Dr. Kim. While your incisions will take a couple of weeks to heal, any scarring will be hidden within the natural folds of your skin to ensure you achieve the most natural-looking rejuvenation.
What Can I Expect From My Lower Eyelid Surgery Results?
The results of your lower blepharoplasty should be apparent after two to three weeks when most residual bruising and swelling has subsided. However, it can take several months for your eyes to heal completely. The area under your eyes will look more refreshed, rested and youthful with no excess skin, wrinkles or puffiness aging your appearance. While nothing can prevent the natural aging process, you can expect your results to last for years, especially with the help of a healthy lifestyle and proper skin care regimen. After you have fully healed, you may even choose to enhance or prolong the effects of your eyelid lift procedure with nonsurgical treatments such as Botox or dermal fillers.
A lower eyelid surgery can take years off of your appearance and help restore youthful energy to your eyes and face. At Dr. Haena Kim Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, our eyelid surgery patients are consistently amazed at how this simple surgery can make such a difference in their appearance and their confidence. If you’re interested in lower blepharoplasty, let double board-certified Dr. Kim guide you through the process. From your consultation through your aftercare, she will ensure that you are comfortable and completely satisfied with your procedure and results. Contact Dr. Kim today at (925) 891-4135 to schedule your consultation and find out if a lower eyelid surgery is the right solution for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
A lower eyelid blepharoplasty can be performed with additional cosmetic procedures to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Many patients who have concerns with the appearance of their lower eyelids also have concerns with their upper lids as well and may benefit from an upper eyelid lift, or upper blepharoplasty. An upper blepharoplasty will remove any excess skin that has begun to droop, sag and wrinkle on the upper eyelids. A brow lift or facelift can also complement an eyelid lift by providing a complete facial rejuvenation.
If you typically wear contact lenses, you should avoid wearing them for at least two weeks following your lower eyelid lift surgery or until Dr. Kim provides you with clearance to do so. Eyeglasses can be worn immediately after your blepharoplasty procedure.
After your lower eyelid lift surgery, you will want to avoid applying eye makeup such as eyeshadow, eyeliner or mascara and topical creams for at least two weeks after your procedure to avoid irritating the eyes. You can still apply makeup and topical creams to the rest of your face during this time.