Our eyes convey the emotion and meaning behind the words we speak. Beautiful, expressive eyes are assets worth taking care of. Puffy pockets of fat and droopy or sagging eyelid skin have an aging effect that can make you look tired or angry, and affect the way you express yourself to others. Board-certified plastic surgeon Kouros Azar, M.D., offers eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, in Thousand Oaks to help Santa Monica, Westlake Village, and Newbury Park women and men restore a well-rested and refreshed look.
If you are wondering if eyelid surgery is right for you, request a complimentary consultation with Dr. Azar to discuss the possibilities. Or you can call our office at (805) 373-7073 and one of our knowledgeable, friendly staff members will schedule your appointment.
A board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Azar develops innovative surgical techniques to provide exceptional outcomes.
The Eyes You Want
When skillfully performed by Dr. Azar, eyelid surgery can have a subtle, yet significant effect on your eyes. This procedure can renew the eye area in a variety of ways, which include:
- Lifting drooping upper eyelids to restore the natural eyelid crease
- Reducing puffy lower eyelid bags
- Providing an alert, more refreshed look
- Improving peripheral vision (may be covered by insurance)
Eyelid surgery usually involves the removal or adjustment of eyelid skin, muscle, and fat. Incisions are concealed along the crease of the upper eyelids, and along the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelids. The incisions are closed, leaving only very thin scars that will fade over time.
When correcting the lower eyelids, Dr. Azar uses the transconjunctival technique where he removes the pockets of fat that cause puffy under-eye bags through an incision inside the lower eyelids. When appropriate, he combines it with a pinch blepharoplasty which removes a "pinch" of skin from along the lower lash line. This technique reduces skin laxity under the eyes. He prefers the pinch technique over other types of lower blepharoplasty because it does not impact the eyelid muscles and keeps the eyes from looking rounded and wide-eyed.
Your Recovery & Beyond
Dr. Azar performs eyelid surgery in 1 to 3 hours while the patient is under local anesthesia with sedation. When you arrive home the day of your surgery, you can minimize swelling and bruising applying cold compresses regularly and sleeping with your head elevated for the first few days. Stitches are removed 7 days after surgery, at which point you can return to non-strenuous activities, including work. It's important to avoid strenuous activity for at least 3 weeks while you are healing.
Your refreshed and youthful look will last for years to come. If sagging eyelids were obstructing your vision, you will likely enjoy an expanded field of vision as well.