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Your Step-By-Step Guide to Eyelid Surgery

Drooping, sagging skin and wrinkles around the eyes are all normal signs of aging. The skin in this area is very delicate and faces significant repetitive movement over your lifetime, making the eyes particularly susceptible to signs of aging. In addition to aging signs, it is not uncommon for patients to feel dissatisfied with their natural eye shape, whether they are looking for a more elegant or flattering look or have puffy or dark under eyes. An eyelid lift, also called eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, reshapes the area for a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Before you schedule your consultation, learn more about the basic procedure steps.


Anesthesia for Blepharoplasty

Before your blepharoplasty begins, you will be given twilight sedation and local anesthesia, without the need for general anesthesia. Dr. Sadati often recommends twilight sedation for eyelid surgery patients, as you will be comfortable throughout the surgery but can avoid the potential complications, side effects, and longer recovery associated with general anesthesia.

Eyelid Surgery Incisions

Once your local anesthesia for numbing has taken effect, incisions can be made.

For Lower eyelid lift: Dr. Sadati utilizes modern techniques, making small incisions along inside the lower lid for a lower blepharoplasty. Through these incisions, excess fat is removed and repositioned to fill the hollowed area reducing the sagging and puffy appearance. Dr. Sadati often utilizes CO2 Laser resurfacing to tighten the loose skin and reduce the dark circles.

In upper blepharoplasties, incisions are made along the creases of the upper lids so that excess skin and excess fat can be removed, and the tissues can be repositioned accordingly.

The details of your blepharoplasty plan will be explained during your consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Lounge.

Closing Incisions

Once the eyelid surgery has been completed, the incisions will be closed. Dissolvable sutures are used so that stitches do not have to be removed following the procedure.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery and Results

After your eyelid surgery, you will notice some swelling, bruising, and redness around the eye area. It can be helpful to wear dark sunglasses, especially on your way home from surgery, as some light sensitivity can occur in the early stages of recovery. Despite swelling and bruises, patients often find that their recovery is not painful and Tylenol or another over-the-counter pain medication is sufficient. Dr. Sadati will explain what you can expect from your recovery period and any aftercare considerations during your consultation. On average, patients have about a week of downtime after their surgery.

Once the healing process is complete, you will have a more refreshed and youthful appearance. Sagging, wrinkles, and puffiness will be diminished, giving you a more alert and pleasant look. These results are typically seen about a month after your eyelid lift surgery.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about eyelid surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sadati at the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Lounge. Call our Newport Beach, CA office at (949) 577-8180 or contact us online to set up your first appointment. For out-of-town patients, virtual consultations are also available.



Call (949) 706-7776 or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation with us. Conveniently located near Fashion Island, the airport and the beach. Please visit us while you are out in the beautiful area of Newport Beach.

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