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Droopy eyelids can make you appear tired all the time, but can also be more than a cosmetic concern. Excess fat and skin may impede your vision. That’s one of the most common reasons men and women get eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). In the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Chase Lay, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, specializes in surgery on both the upper and lower eyelids. He has performed more than 2,000 of these surgeries, in addition to numerous eyelid reconstruction procedures.
If you’ve been looking for a plastic surgeon to perform eyelid surgery in San Jose, request a consultation online with Dr. Lay. Or call his office at (408) 358-3888 to schedule an appointment.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
Although cosmetic eyelid surgery can be performed on women and men of any age, eyelids typically start sagging as we get older. This is when the muscles controlling the eyelids begin to weaken, and extra skin and fat start accumulating, causing the eyelids to droop and appear puffy.
If you’re in generally good health and sagging eyelids are making you look older or are affecting your vision, blepharoplasty is an appropriate procedure. Dr. Lay performs upper and lower eyelid surgery with almost equal frequency and he often combines the surgery with a brow lift or facelift for a complete facial rejuvenation.
Dr. Lay also specializes in Asian eyelid surgery for women and men who want a more defined upper eyelid crease.
What Should I Expect?
Upper or lower eyelid surgery can be performed using local anesthetic in Dr. Lay’s comfortable surgical suite. Dr. Lay offers various blepharoplasty procedures and techniques, depending on your anatomical, functional, or cosmetic needs. Incisions are hidden in the natural folds and creases of the eye, so they are unnoticeable once healed.
Sutures are removed anywhere from 5 to 7 days after surgery and patients typically experience only mild discomfort after surgery with moderate swelling and bruising. Some patients may have visible swelling, while bruising is less common. The recovery time after blepharoplasty depends partly on whether you prefer to wait until all signs of the surgery are gone. People who are more private will probably want to wait between 10 and 14 days before being in social situations.