About Eyelid Surgery
Sometimes called "the window to the soul," your eyes should reflect the youth and confidence you feel. As you age, a variety of things can cause your eyes to look tired, sad, or angry. Fat cushions around your eye globe begin to herniate, creating unnatural bulges or deep grooves (tear troughs) around the eyelids. The eyelid itself stretches over time creating excess skin that can hang over your lashes. The muscles that open and close the eyes can stretch out or tear over time resulting in an unnatural drooping of the eyelid, called ptosis (TOE-sis). This can make it difficult to open your eyes and impairs your vision.
Medically known as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery addresses excess skin, bulges of fat, and drooping muscles in your upper and/or lower eyelids. Some of the most common issues addressed in the lower eyelids are tear troughs, dark circles, under eye bags, as well as thin or crepey skin. In the upper eyelids, excess, puffy skin can make you look tired or sad while also limiting your field of vision. Las Vegas, NV plastic surgeon Dr. Chris Costa uses an individualized approach with each patient to diagnose and treat the specific issue that is causing a problem to create a natural awakened and refreshed appearance. Many men and women receive eyelid surgery at Platinum Plastic Surgery to help them both look better and allow them to expand their field of vision. To learn more about cosmetic eyelid surgery, contact our office in Las Vegas to schedule a consultation with Dr. Costa.
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"I had weight loss surgery back in 2017 and lost 200+ pounds over the last 3.5 years. I’ve done everything to keep the skin tight as possible but it got to the point I needed skin removal surgery. I visited a few local surgeons that handled this belt lapectomy. I felt most comfortable with Dr Costa. He listened to me story. Asked me about my goals and what I hoped the outcome would be. He put together a game plan and worked with me to consider a few options. I am now 3 weeks removed from the belt lapectomy. Everything has gone as he explained it would. Their office has been super responsive and i test their patience (with numerous questions). Dr Costa is phenomenal. His office and staff follow his lead. I would strongly recommend Platinim Plastic Surgery if you are considering that type of work to be done."- J.S. / Google / Aug 09, 2020
"Great Experience- Highly Recommend. I am now 3 weeks removed from the belt lapectomy. - I had weight loss surgery back in 2017 and lost 200+ pounds over the last 3.5 years. I’ve done everything to keep the skin tight as possible but it got to the point I needed skin removal surgery. I visited a few local surgeons that handled this belt lapectomy. I felt most comfortable with Dr Costa. He listened to me story. Asked me about my goals and what I hoped the outcome would be. He put together a game plan and worked with me to consider a few options. I am now 3 weeks removed from the belt lapectomy. Everything has gone as he explained it would. Their office has been super responsive and i test their patience (with numerous questions). Dr Costa is phenomenal. His office and staff follow his lead. I would strongly recommend Platinim Plastic Surgery if you are considering that type of work to be done."- A. / RealSelf / Aug 09, 2020
Upper or lower blepharoplasty is a facial cosmetic surgery that is performed on both women and men. At your first visit, treatment options will be explained by Dr. Costa based on your areas of concern that need to be corrected. Generally, ideal candidates suffer from excess, drooping skin and folds that exist on the top eyelid or bloated skin just under the bottom eyelid. These irregularities can cause functional and vision difficulties that can get in the way of normal, everyday activities. For a more awake and youthful look, blepharoplasty may be the appropriate surgery for you. If you have hanging skin that folds over on the upper eyelid or puffy bags under the eyes, blepharoplasty can treat this to provide you with a more refined appearance. This surgery is commonly performed with other procedures for facial rejuvenation so that the different aspects of the face blend together in harmony.
Depending on the type and complex nature of the eyelid surgery, some form of anesthesia will be provided. This surgery may be done on the top eyelid by itself, under or on the bottom eyelid, or a blend of both eyelids.
Upper eyelid surgery assists in decreasing the folds of skin that impair vision to produce a more awakened and appealing look. The incision point is often placed along the lid crease to excise loose skin and fatty tissue. As it heals the scar is virtually invisible in most people.
Eyelid correction on the lower lid is performed to improve puffy and bulging skin beneath the lower lid or to treat hollowed out lower eyelids or tear troughs. In most cases, the incision is completely hidden behind the eyelashes or sometimes carefully made along the lash line to surgically remove excess tissue and fat. The skin is subtly lifted to allow for a softer, flatter look. Sometimes, a nonsurgical laser procedure may be incorporated to help with discoloration or fine lines and wrinkles, while fillers can be used for more smoothness and softening if desired.
A canthopexy may be performed alone or with a lower blepharoplasty to correct malposition of the eyelid (ectropion or entropion). During a canthopexy, Dr. Costa will strategically place sutures to tighten and hold the tendons and muscles of the lower eyelid. This creates a lasting support for the outer corners of the eyes to improve sagging (ptosis), drooping eyelids, and under eye bags.
What to Expect
Blepharoplasty of the upper or lower eyelid is a short procedure commonly performed within one hour. After this outpatient surgery, you should plan for about a week to recover and rest at home. Patients report minimal pain after the procedure. A cold compress can assist in reducing discomfort, swelling, and bruising. While recovering you will use prescription eye drops to keep your eyes moist while healing. The outcomes from a blepharoplasty will give you a refreshed appearance, but natural aging will continue. To maintain your surgical outcomes, other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments at Platinum Plastic Surgery such as fillers, peels, and lasers can be added to create a youthful-looking appearance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
If you find it difficult to see or apply makeup because of folds of skin on your upper eyelids, or you are frustrated by bulging bags underneath your eyes, then upper or lower blepharoplasty at Platinum Plastic Surgery may be the answer for you. This enhancement can allow you to look and feel refreshed and youthful while offering a beautiful answer to your vision impairment concerns. We invite you to get in touch with our office in the Las Vegas, NV area to learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Chris Costa.