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Eyelid Surgery San Francisco

The eyes play an important role in communication.

They reflect our emotions and can make us look happy, sad or angry. The skin around the eyes changes with age as it loses elasticity, giving the skin a loose or sagging appearance. Eyelid skin is the thinnest in the body with relatively sparse subcutaneous fat, allowing free movement of the lid in closure and blinking. Blinking is a normal and necessary function of the eye function, but as a result, the eyelid skin is more prone to stretching and sagging.

Other factors, aside from the natural aging process that affect the tissue around the eyes are genetic predisposition, lack of sleep, sun exposure, habitual squinting, allergies and other medical conditions such as thyroid or renal disorders, which all can cause the muscles around the eyes to weaken. When the muscle around the eyes become weak it causes the skin to lose elasticity and appear loose and redundant making the excess fat in the pockets above and below the eyes become more prominent. Excess eyelid fat also retains water, which is why bags often appear puffier in the morning, or when there are inconsistent sleep patterns.

Cosmetic plastic surgery of the eyelids where fat, excess skin, bags, pouches, and wrinkles in the area of the eyes are removed will produce a more open and “awake looking” appearance which is a major benefit of eyelid plastic surgery.

Cosmetic Blepharoplasty can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids to remove skin, protruding muscle, and or, fatty tissue. In both of these procedures, incisions are made in the natural skin folds of the eyelids, making them virtually unnoticeable after healing. Healing time is minimized by careful surgical technique, which in many cases, can be performed in the office, or as an outpatient procedure. Eyelid surgeon Dr. Corey S. Maas regularly performs upper eyelid and or lower eyelid surgery in San Francisco as a (stand alone) procedure, or as part of a more extensive procedure, such as a brow lift or a facelift.

Upper Blepharoplasty (upper eyelid surgery)

When the skin of the upper eyelids hangs over the eyes (giving a hooded appearance) they appear less youthful. Tired looking eyes with excess skin can also interfere with vision. In order to rejuvenate the eyes, incisions are made with a scalpel or a carbon dioxide laser along the natural creases of the eyes. The excess skin is first removed exposing the underlying muscle. A small strip of the exposed muscle (5mm to 8mm) is removed to create a deeper eyelid crease. When the muscle has been removed the fat pads are visible and the excess fat is carefully removed. The incision is closed with fine sutures that are either absorbable, or are removed within three to five days. The upper eyelid skin is very thin and the skin itself has many fine hairs as well as sebaceous and sweat glands, therefore healing occurs quickly in this area and scarring is barely visible. Some swelling and bruising will occur immediately after surgery with minimal discomfort. Patients are able to return to normal activities within a week or less.

Lower Blepharoplasty (lower eyelid surgery)

There are two techniques used to perform lower eyelid surgery and rejuvenation, a transconjunctival technique or an external incision technique.

Can a Blepharoplasty be combined with other procedures?

An Upper Blepharoplasty and or a Lower Blepharoplasty is often combined with a Brow Lift in San Francisco, or a Facelift in San Francisco, to achieve a natural look.

“My recommendations are to ask the following questions while having a consultation with surgeon.” Dr. Maas

  1. How many blepharoplasty surgeries have you performed in the last month as the surgeon in charge or primary surgeon?
  2. How many upper blepharoplasties and or lower blepharoplasties have you performed in the last year as the surgeon in charge or primary surgeon?
  3. Are you Board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery or the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  4. Have you ever had a complication with blepharoplasty surgery? If the surgeon responds no – be suspicious while significant complications are quite rare, any surgeon having done enough facial procedures to be an expert will have experienced at least some complication and this should be discussed.
  5. What is the worst complication you have experienced with blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery and how did you manage this complication?
  6. Ask to speak with patients that have had a blepharoplasty in San Francisco with the surgeon in the last month or two. They can give a first hand account of their experience and whether their expectations were met.
  7. Ask to see before and after pictures and make sure that the pictures are of patients that your consultation surgeon was the primary surgeon.

Dr. Corey Maas and the staff at The Maas Clinic look forward to answering any potential questions you have about your blepharoplasty surgery in San Francisco. To schedule an appointment, please call (415) 567-7000.

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