About an Eyelid Lift
A person's eyes are a beautiful feature of the face that deserve to be visible, but sometimes an excess of skin around the eyes can produce a tired and unflattering facial appearance. Triple board-certified plastic surgeon William P. Aiello uses eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) to reduce excess skin and rejuvenate the lower or upper eyelid, creating an awakened appearance. Many men and women receive eyelid surgery at Ocean Plastic Surgery Center to eliminate saggy eyelids, which leads to improved facial functionality and appearance. Blepharoplasty, whether lower or upper, creates a more "bright-eyed" look and can give you natural-looking yet noticeable improvements. If you want to learn more about refreshing your eyes with eyelid lift surgery, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aiello at his practice in Los Alamitos, CA.
Eyelid Lift Reviews
"I highly recommend Dr. Aiello for his great surgical skills. I had my upper and lower eyelids touched up. As a make, I wanted to look natural and not artificial. I wanted a natural refreshed look not a look that screams I had cosmetic surgery. Dr. Aiello was able to create just the right amount of corrections so I looked refreshed and age-appropriate. Meaning, I did not want the face of a 30-year-old on a 50-year-old body and nor did I want the eyes of a 30 year old on the otherwise face of a 50 year old. After my surgery wounds had healed my eyes were in synch with my the rest of my face. I looked refreshed and received MANY compliments. So much so, two of my friends also had Dr Aiello perform the same surgery. The office manager, front desk, and head nurse are all top notch. They respond immediately and professionally, and have the ability to efficiently resolve complex problems."- N.N. / Yelp / Feb 03, 2022
"Ocean Plastic Surgery is a professionally run office with a staff that is friendly, compassionate, and non-Judgemental. I’ve recently transitioned from a stuffy Newport Beach Dr to Dr Aiello, who is fun and light hearted, and humbly talented. He is an expert in his field, and I’m absolutely in Love with the results of my upper and lower eyelid surgery. I will be going back for more of his magic.As for the staff he keeps, they all have their roles and I am compelled to shout out a huge thank you to Megan, my consultant, a perfect first impression for a new patient. She was an easy, "Yes, this is the place for me" She smoothly presented an estimate and followed up with assistance in using Care Credit, but never overselling anything. Katie, my operation recovery nurse who expertly eased my discomfort upon waking with her familial bedside manner. The best recovery nurse I’ve ever had! Finally, and most of all to TRACY! She has been with Dr. Aiello for 16+ years, and I get the sense she is the powerhouse of the team. She makes things right when there’s been an oversight, and she does amazing Botox. I feel very safe in her care and I love having conversations with her. She’s like an old friend and that is a great comfort when you’re altering your appearance. Thank you Ocean Plastic Surgery! I’m a huge fan"- C.D. / Yelp / Jul 20, 2022
"I had an eye lift a year ago and it was by far the best decision I have ever made. My eyes look better then they did when I was a teenager. I would and definitely will be back."- C.N. / Yelp / Aug 05, 2022
"I’ve been a long time patient of Dr. Aiello and have had two surgeries with him. Both of them came out great! I always feel comfortable with him that’s why I’ve scheduled my facelift and blepharoplasty surgeries with him as well. I’m booked and excited to have these procedures done. The office will be taking before and after photos and video to pos on their website so others can see as well. If you want to work with nice office staff and Megahan who are all fabulous and an excellent Plastic surgeon this is exactly the right place to come to. I never get charged for consultation and he owns his own surgery center so they are able to give a better price."- J.H. / Yelp / Sep 11, 2022
"Soooo- I decided to have some work done by Dr. Aiello in September. I had a quad blepharoplasty and my results are amazing. Dr. Aiello is extremely talented and made me feel completely at ease. His staff- Megan, Katie and Tracy were my biggest support system and I am forever grateful. Fast forward- two weeks ago I had Nurse Tracy do upper lip filler and Dysport to my forehead. I’ve had Botox injections for at least 15 years and nobody has ever done a better job than Tracy. As for my upper lip, I could not be more thrilled. It was my first time and the experience was fantastic. I was terrified of looking like a duck and she made sure that didn’t happen. My lips look beautiful and natural. I can’t imagine having anyone else take care of my injections. If you want quality- beautiful lips/injections go see Tracy!!!!!"- L.S. / Yelp / Sep 28, 2022
Ideal Candidates for an Eyelid Lift
Many patients who seek blepharoplasty feel that their eyes make them look old or tired. Many problems with the eyelids can be due to aging skin, but blepharoplasty is not reserved for older patients. Younger people with hereditary traits, trauma, and even chronic eye infections can also greatly benefit from this surgery. Upper or lower blepharoplasty is a surgical facial enhancement that is performed on both women and men. It can help improve the shape of the eyelids by trimming excess skin and sculpting the deeper layers of fat and muscle. It can correct:
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid
- Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
- Bags and/or hanging excess skin under the eyes
- Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
These irregularities can cause function and vision difficulties that can get in the way of normal, everyday activities. For a more awake, youthful, and rested appearance, blepharoplasty may be the appropriate surgery for you. For some patients, a drooping upper lid may also be caused by laxity in the forehead or eyebrow. In these cases, Dr. Aiello may recommend a brow lift instead of or in conjunction with blepharoplasty. At your first visit, your treatment options will be explained by Dr. Aiello based on your areas of concern.
Surgical Technique for an Eyelid Lift
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.
Eyelid correction on the lower lid is performed to improve puffy and bulging skin beneath the lower lid. In most cases, an incision is carefully made along the lash line to surgically remove tissue and fat, and the skin is subtly lifted to allow for a softer, flatter look. Sometimes a nonsurgical laser procedure may be incorporated to help with discoloration while fillers can be used for more smoothness and softening if desired.
What to Expect from an Eyelid Lift
Blepharoplasty can take up to two hours, depending on whether one or both eyes are treated. After this outpatient surgery, you should plan about a week to recover and rest at home. A cold compress can assist in reducing discomfort, swelling, and bruising. The outcomes from blepharoplasty may last a decade or longer, but while they are long-lasting, aging does not stop. To preserve your surgical outcomes, other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments at Ocean Plastic Surgery Center, such as fillers, peels, and lasers, can be used to maintain your youthful-looking appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions for an Eyelid Lift
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Blepharoplasty costs will vary based on whether you're getting a lower eyelid lift, upper eyelid lift, or both. When your surgical plan is decided in your initial consultation, Dr. Aiello can go over cost estimates. For results that look natural and last for many years, it's better to concentrate on choosing an experienced surgeon you are comfortable with, like Dr. Aiello, rather than looking for the lowest cost. To help you afford great results, Ocean Plastic Surgery Center takes several payment methods, including low-interest financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
When hanging skin is affecting your sight, your insurance might cover some of your blepharoplasty. Please talk to Dr. Aiello in your initial consultation if you are considering applying for an insurance claim. A team member at Ocean Plastic Surgery Center can help you submit the required paperwork and information to your provider to consider your claim. Generally, you will require a letter from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that blepharoplasty is medically necessary to restore your vision.
Will my scars be hidden?
Yes! The incision lines for eyelid surgery are designed so the scars will be well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid. The upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision within the natural crease on the eyelid. This allows for removal or repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles, and removal of excess skin. Conditions of the lower eyelid may be corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin in the lower eyelid is removed. Again, the excess fat can be repositioned or removed.
Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles, Crow's feet, or dark under-eye areas?
Wrinkles on your forehead and the corners of your eyes (Crow's feet) might be better corrected with a brow lift or facelift because the improvements of blepharoplasty are limited to the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty may be combined with nonsurgical treatments, like BOTOX, or dermal fillers to smooth wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. Darkness under the eyes is often a familial trait but can worsen with lack of sleep and other lifestyle factors. Fat grafting or fillers may be used to soften depressions and eliminate darkness under the eyes.
Are the results from blepharoplasty long-lasting?
When performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Aiello, blepharoplasty is designed to achieve results that not only look natural now but will also age naturally with you. While nothing can stop the normal aging process, after a blepharoplasty, you will always look years younger than you would have without the surgery. However, there are certain things you can do to keep your results looking their best. You should adopt a consistent, quality skin care regimen and avoid excess sun exposure to keep your skin healthy and protected from unnecessary aging.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 4 – 7 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
brighter, younger Eyes
If you find it difficult to see or to apply makeup because of folds of skin on your upper eyelids, or if you are frustrated by bulging bags underneath your eyes, then upper or lower blepharoplasty at Ocean Plastic Surgery Center 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 encourage you to get in touch with our surgical center in Los Alamitos, CA to learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Aiello.