Congratulations, your eyelids are likely a product of the genetic lottery, and they are your gift from either mom or dad. However, a wide range of genetic and age-related factors can lead to bothersome changes, such as bulky upper lids, droopy lids, and more. Besides the bothersome appearance, these changes can also negatively impact your day and cause functional problems. Our eye surgeons specialize in advanced eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) in Bakersfield to address these concerns and reform the eyelid structure.

What is eyelid surgery/ blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, involves numerous procedures and techniques to address the cosmetic and functional problems related to your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. The surgery usually involves making strategic incisions to remove excess fat and skin tissues to restore your eyelid structure. However, just as all eyes are unique, all eyelid surgeries are also unique. Our cosmetic and functional eye surgeons will carefully assess your condition to curate the ideal eyelid surgery plan.

Why is eyelid surgery necessary?

Your eyelids can undergo numerous problems, both functional or cosmetic. Excess tissues in the upper eyelids, for example, can lead to droopy eyelids and obstruct your peripheral vision. In some cases, these eyelid problems may arise as a natural part of aging. The loss of collagen and elastin can lead to deep tear troughs that make you look tired and haggard. Other issues can also arise due to genetic factors, such as a genetic predisposition to ptosis. Eyelid surgery in Bakersfield can help you if you have functional or cosmetic problems related to the eyelids.

man after blepharoplasty in Bakersfield

What does eyelid surgery treat/ correct?

  • Excess fat deposits above or below the eyes
  • Extra skin above the upper eyelids
  • Drooping eyelids (ptosis)
  • Tear troughs below the lower eyelids
  • Sunken appearance below the eyelids
  • Excess or bulging fat deposits
  • Tired, old, and haggard appearance
  • Wrinkles and creases around the eyes
  • Loss of volume around the eyes

How is eyelid surgery performed?

With a blepharoplasty/ptosis surgery, your surgeon will make a small incision along the upper eyelid. Your surgeon artfully hides the incision in the natural skin folds of the upper lid. For a lower eyelid blepharoplasty, the incision is made along the inner tissue of the eyelid to ensure there is no visible scarring. After the incision, your surgeon skillfully removes the excess tissue and fat pads with careful attention to avoid a “hollowed” out look. The incision is closed with sutures that will typically be removed in 1-2 weeks after your blepharoplasty in Bakersfield.

womans eyes after eyelid surgery in Bakersfield
womans eyelid after blepharoplasty in Bakersfield

What happens after eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery involves a recovery period of 1 to 2 weeks. You’ll experience post-treatment bruising and swelling, which is completely normal and should recede in a few days or weeks. The bruising will collect along your cheekbones since gravity pulls things down. You should take at least 1 to 2 weeks off work to relax your eyes and recover properly. Your surgeon will provide a list of guidelines that you must follow to the letter to ensure optimal healing.

Schedule your eyelid surgery in Bakersfield, CA

West Coast Eye Institute is a state-of-the-art ophthalmology practice led by Harvard-trained eye surgeons. We understand that no two eyes are the same. That’s why we avoid cookie-cutter treatments and favor personalized treatments based on your unique anatomy, goals, and lifestyle. Please schedule an appointment to explore your options for eyelid surgery in Bakersfield, CA.