Blepharoplasty in Los Altos, CA
Located in Los Altos, Mittelman Plastic Surgery, led by board-certified facial plastic surgeon Harry Mittelman, MD, offers blepharoplasty for men and women who live in and around San Jose, Palo Alto and the surrounding areas of California. Eyelid surgery, also referred to as blepharoplasty, removes excessive skin, muscle and fat from the upper and lower eyelid regions to provide patients with a refreshed and youthful appearance. Puffy, drooping eyelids and under eye bags can be eliminated, and vision may be restored if eyelid skin has impaired vision.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a popular cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the eyelid regions, creating a bright-eyed, refreshed appearance.
Am I A Good Candidate For Blepharoplasty?
Good candidates for eyelid surgery should be in good health overall. It is important that you have realistic goals for your facial surgery. Those with ophthalmologic or circulatory issues may not be able to undergo this procedure.
How is Blepharoplasty Performed?
Dr. Mittelman will create an incision in the upper eyelid crease and/or below your bottom eyelashes. He will remove the excess fat, skin and muscle which has given your eyes a puffy, tired appearance. Skin and muscle are cut away through the incisions, and the incisions will be closed with expert care.
In addition to cosmetic benefits, eyelid surgery can restore vision when the excess skin of the upper eyelid has affected your eyesight.
How Long Does Blepharoplasty Take?
Eyelid surgery requires one to three hours total. Depending on the unique needs of your surgery, local anesthesia and sedation will be used, or you will be put under general anesthesia.
What If I Don’t Have Excess Skin?
If you are not affected by excess eyelid skin, you may still have excess eyelid fat which is negatively affecting your appearance. Transconjunctival blepharoplasty may be a better choice for you – excess fat is removed via an incision within the lower eyelid.
Following your eyelid surgery, you may need to wear a bandage temporarily. Bruising and swelling of the eye region is necessary, but will likely resolve within two to four weeks. Your eyelids may feel sore or as if they are particularly tight – this is normal. You will be prescribed a pain medication to alleviate your painful symptoms. In the first week following your eyelid surgery, you may have dry, burning or itching of the eye area, tears and be sensitive to light. It is common to experience double or blurry vision. Any stitches will be removed one week after surgery. Most patients can return to normal activities, such as work, after seven to ten days; strenuous activities may be resumed three weeks following surgery.
When Will My Stitches Be Removed?
Your stitches will likely be removed seven days after your surgery.
When can I return to work?
Most patients can resume working and normal activities in seven to 10 days, though allow yourself three weeks before tackling more taxing activities.
To undergo eyelid surgery, you should be in good health overall. It is important that you have reasonable goals for your surgery results. Patients with ophthalmologic or circulatory conditions may not be candidates for eyelid surgery.
Eyelid surgery lasts one to three hours in most cases. Patients may receive local anesthesia and sedatives, or be put under general anesthesia. The incisions used to remove excess fat, skin and muscle, are typically placed in the upper eyelid crease or below the lashes of the lower eyelid. Dr. Mittelman removes excess fat, muscle and skin through the incisions and once finished, the incisions are closed. If excess fat below your eyes is your only issue, transconjunctival blepharoplasty may be the best surgical option for you – using incisions inside the lower eyelids, fat can be removed to improve lower eyelid appearance.
How Do I Get Started With Blepharoplasty?
First, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mittelman. Prepare for your consultation by making a list of concerns or questions to address with the doctor. After your physical examination, you’ll have time to chat and have your concerns addressed while learning the cost of the procedure, as well as the results you can expect. Each patient will experience a unique recovery, given their individual medical history and the extent of the procedure, though you’ll be able to notice a difference right after surgery. Once swelling and bruising have gone down, you’ll be able to visualize the full effects of your eyelid surgery.
Will My Blepharoplasty Be Covered By Insurance?
Most eyelid surgeries are not covered by insurance because they are considered cosmetic. If your eyelid surgery is due to reduced vision, it may be considered medically necessary and may qualify for insurance coverage. Speak with your insurance provider regarding your coverage to learn your benefits.
How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost in San Jose?
Mittelman Plastic Surgery aims to make eyelid surgery affordable to the residents of San Jose. We offer financing and take major credit cards, personal check, and cash as payment for blepharoplasty procedures.
Harry Mittelman, MD, is recognized as a pioneer in facial plastic surgery. As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, specializing in both surgical and non-surgical or non-invasive cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Mittelman provides his patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on blepharoplasty or to schedule a private consultation at Dr. Mittelman’s office, please contact us today. We serve the entire Southbay and Bay Area including Los Altos, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Mountain View, San Mateo, San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and the surrounding areas.