Blepharoplasty is one of Dr. Zelken’s top three favorite operations to perform, as it yields instant results, rewards perfectionism and meticulous technique. Optimal results should leave your friends wondering, did you have something done?
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift can involve rejuvenation or reshaping of the upper, lower, or both eyelids. Many patients complain of puffy eyelids, looking tired all the time, or shadows on their faces. Blepharoplasty procedures range from straightforward to complex, and in many cases, can be performed in the Zelken Institute’s procedure suite under local anesthesia.
Blepharoplasty for aging should preserve your appearance. Dr. Zelken believes eliminating shadows is the most important goal of blepharoplasty, not so much excision of tissue. For example, in lower lid blepharoplasty, many patients complain of bags or festoons. Rather than excising the fat that causes these festoons (which may not eliminate shadows), Dr. Zelken will consider repositioning that excess tissue to a more desirable location like your cheekbone to efface folds and enhance your cheeks.
Dr. Zelken prefers his Lumenis AcuPulse laser to assist his upper eyelid lifts, also known as blepharoplasty. In this video, he performs upper eyelid skin and fat resection, and lower eyelid skin, fat, and muscle resection and resuspension. The patient did very well with oral sedative pills and local numbing, but we also offer twilight sedation in our office by a board-certified anesthesiologist.
Sutures come out at 1 week. Bruising can be avoided with discontinuation of aspirin and alcohol. Socially presentable by 2 weeks, at the very least with some cover-up. Read more about what to expect.Watch Video
Ethnic blepharoplasty, including Asian eyelid surgery, should improve appearance without insulting ethnic identity. It is very possible to do this while establishing symmetrical folds, opening your eyes further, and effacing the epicanthal fold. Dr. Zelken has observed eyelid surgery in Taipei and Seoul and appreciates the meticulous technique used and subtlety in Asian outcomes after blepharoplasty.
I just had a Blepharoplasty and my ears done and now every time I look in the mirror it makes me want to cry from happiness!
– Lori M.
In this video, Angels hall-of-famer Chuck Finley describes why he chose Dr. Zelken and quadruple blepharoplasty to enhance (but not change) his look. He was back on his game in no time, thanks to wide awake surgery, meticulous technique, and compliance with postoperative instructions.Watch Video
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At the Zelken Institute we welcome patients from across the world and there is a Mandarin Chinese translator available. If you are interested in exploring this further, call (949) 432-4730 and press option 3 for our Chinese hotline to speak with a Mandarin-speaking physician and schedule your appointment.
In many cases, blepharoplasty is paired with injectable treatments to further enhance appearance and freshen up your look. Other topical, non-surgical options can also be used to enhance eyelash fullness and length.
If you are interested in eyelid surgery to improve your vision because of sagging brows and excessive upper lid skin your surgery might be covered by insurance and we can explore this further.
Written by Dr. Jonathan Zelken
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