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Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Eyelid Reconstructive Surgery?

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital we have gathered the best board-certified plastic surgeons with a vast experience in using the latest technology and techniques available in order to provide the best medical treatment to you, our patient.

Being performed by highly-skilled oculo-facial plastic surgeons at one of the greatest health centers in Los Angeles, the eyelid repair will give you a long-lasting rejuvenated look and along with it an overall improvement of your well-being.

Eyelid reconstructive surgery, also known as blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects the eyelid defects, and improves the overall appearance of your eyes.  Eyelid defects may occur as a result of traumatic injuries, excision of tumors or as a part of the aging process. Complex reconstructive surgeries may be necessary to repair larger defects involving the entire eyelid. In most complex cases, the surgeon will use tissues from adjacent areas (flaps) or skin from other region of your body (skin grafts) to reconstruct the eyelid. More complex reconstructive surgeries need more than one operation, which are called "staged reconstruction".

Eyelid surgery is performed on either upper or lower eyelid or both to rejuvenate the area around your eyes. Blepharoplasty can specifically treat aging problems such as loose, sagging upper eyelids interfering vision, fine wrinkles and drooping of the lower eyelids, and puffiness in the eyelids due to excess fat.

Blepharoplasty is performed by our highly-skilled oculo-facial plastic surgeons. The surgical procedure will be carried out under general anesthesia for your comfort.

Your surgeon will make the incisions in a way that scars will remain hidden within the natural crease of the upper eyelid region.

For the lower eyelid blepharoplasty, an incision is made on the inner portion of the eyelid.

Or in the case of excessive skin on the lower eyelid, the incision is made just below the lash line.

Removal or repositioning of excess fat or skin is conducted.

The incision is then closed using removable sutures, surgical tapes, or skin adhesives.

The benefits of blepharoplasty are long-lasting and the appearance of final results is gradual and may take several weeks.

After the post-operative swelling and bruising subsides, one can appreciate a well-defined eyelid with a more youthful look. These results need to be maintained through protection from sun exposure.

As the upper eyelid is in proximity with the eyebrow and the lower lid continues with the cheek, brow lifts or cheek lifts may be required to obtain the best possible results along with eyelid surgery.

You can expect permanent correction of certain conditions from eyelid surgery, but as you continue to age, following certain specific instructions from your surgeon is important for a more beneficial outcome.

As you heal and recover from surgery, it is essential that you avoid excess force, abrasion, or movements around the incision. During the recovery period, you will be advised to apply lubricating ointment and cold compresses over your eyes, or occasionally your eyes may be kept covered with gauze. Your surgeon will prescribe certain medications to be taken orally, in order to facilitate the healing process and reduce any chances of infection.

You will be scheduled for follow-up visits with your surgeon. Initially, problems such as: swelling, discomfort, bruising, irritated or dry eyes, or irritation at the incision site may arise. These can be managed with ointments, medication, and cold compresses. Protect your eyes from harmful sun rays by using dark tinted, UV blocking sun glasses until the healing is complete.

As with any surgical procedure, there may be potential risks and complications involved in eyelid reconstructive surgeries, which include:

  • Risks associated with anesthesia
  • Infection and bleeding in the area of the incision
  • Persistent pain
  • Poor healing of the wound or unfavorable scarring
  • Sensitivity to sunlight or bright light
  • Difficulty in closing your eyes
  • Outward rolling of your eyelid
  • Lid lag or pulling down of the lower eyelid (temporary)
  • Changes in vision, either temporary or even permanent with rare chances of blindness
  • Changes in skin sensation

You can further consult our oculo-facial plastic surgeons and discuss about blepharoplasty. We are one of the leading facilities providing eyelid reconstructive surgery. If you consider yourself a good candidate for blepharoplasty or have queries regarding the technique and its results, please feel free to reach us at 310.823.8911.

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