About Eyelid Surgery
A person's eyes are a beautiful feature of the face that deserve to be visible, but sometimes an excess of skin around the eyes can produce a tired and unflattering facial appearance. Plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas use eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) to reduce excess skin and rejuvenate the lower or upper eyelid, creating a more "alert" look. So many men and women receive eyelid surgery at Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa to eliminate saggy eyelids, leading to improved functionality and facial appearance. Blepharoplasty, whether lower or upper, creates a more awakened appearance and can give you natural yet noticeable improvements. If you want to learn more about refreshing your eyes with eyelid lift surgery, contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our seasoned plastic surgeons at our practice in Santa Rosa, CA.
"I have known Dr. Furnas for many years and just had my second surgery with her. The first was an upper eyelid surgery when I was 51 and now, at age 68, I had a facelift, CO2 laser and fat injections. I was out and about one week post surgery and back at the gym after 2 weeks. The results are amazing (and subtle) and my friends are impressed....those that know that is. For such a lot of surgery, it was a non event. At week 3, other than a bit of residual redness from the laser, I am fully back in my life. Thank you Heather, you continue to amaze."- R.R. / Yelp / Feb 22, 2019
"I have known Dr. Furnas for many years and just had my second surgery with her. The first was an upper eyelid surgery when I was 51 and now, at age 68, I had a facelift, CO2 laser and fat injections. I was out and about one week post surgery and back at the gym after 2 weeks. The results are amazing (and subtle) and my friends are impressed....those that know that is.For such a lot of surgery, it was a non event. At week 3, other than a bit of residual redness from the laser, I am fully back in my life.Thank you Heather, you continue to amaze."- R.P. / Google / Feb 22, 2019
"Recently I had to go in to get a Capsular contracture. In Layman terms it means my skin easily stretches. So my perfect breast augmentation done by the amazing Dr Furnas about 3 years ago started to hang lower then my pocket. They use a mesh if needed to give my skin a little more back bone and extra sutures! They are perfect! I would say it’s like having the breasts I had as a teen....But I never had any so I wouldn’t know. LOL All I know is I’m beyond grateful. Im beyond happy with the results. And my confidence has a little more boost. My post op was quicker then the first time as well. I was up and moving the same day!!! I came in and Dr Furnas and her team gave me better results tan I could have ever imagined.?? Thank you Dr Furnas and psa, I love you."- A.H. / Google / Feb 19, 2019
"Dr. Canelis and his staff are amazing and anyone who goes to them are in the best hands! He truly cares about his patients desires and listens so he is able to give his patients the best possible results. Can’t thank him enough!"- C.R. / Google / Feb 18, 2019
"Dr Canales and his staff are absolutely outstanding! Dr Canales did a superb job at making sure all my questions and concerns were addressed on top of his amazing work !! I highly recommend Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa & Allegro MedSpa"- T.M. / Facebook / Jan 25, 2019
Upper or lower blepharoplasty is a facial cosmetic enhancement that is performed on both women and men. At your first visit, treatment options will be explained by Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas based on your areas of concern that need to be corrected. Generally, ideal candidates have excess drooping skin and folds that exist on the top eyelid, or bloated skin just under the bottom eyelid. These irregularities can cause functional and vision difficulties that can get in the way of normal, everyday activities. For a more awake look, blepharoplasty may be the appropriate surgery for you. If you have hanging skin that folds over on the upper eyelid or bulging bags under the eyes, blepharoplasty can treat this to provide you with a more youthful appearance.
Depending on the type and complex nature of the eyelid surgery, some form of anesthesia will be provided. This treatment may be done on the top eyelid by itself, under or on the bottom eyelid, or a blend of both eyelids.
Upper eyelid surgery assists in decreasing the folds of skin that impair vision to produce a more awakened and appealing look. The incision point is often placed along the lid crease to excise loose skin and fatty tissue.
Eyelid correction on the lower lid is performed to improve puffy and bulging skin beneath the lower lid. In most cases, an incision is carefully made along the lash line to surgically remove tissue and fat, and the skin is subtly lifted to allow for a softer, flatter look. Sometimes a nonsurgical laser procedure may be incorporated to help with discoloration while fillers can be used for more smoothness and softening if desired.
What to Expect
Blepharoplasty can take up to two hours considering whether both eyes or one is treated. After this outpatient surgery, you should plan about a week to recover and rest at home. A cold compress can assist in reducing discomfort, swelling, and bruising. The outcomes from blepharoplasty may last a decade or longer, but while they are long-lasting, aging does not stop. To maintain your surgical outcomes, other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments at Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa, such as fillers, peels, and lasers, can be added to create a youthful-looking appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Blepharoplasty costs will vary based on whether you're getting a lower eyelid lift, upper, or both. When your surgical plan is decided in your initial consultation, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas can go over cost estimates. For results that look natural and last for many years, it's better to concentrate on choosing an experienced plastic surgeon whom you are comfortable with, like Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas, rather than looking for the lowest cost. To help you afford great results, Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa takes several payment methods, including low-interest financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
When hanging skin is affecting your sight, your insurance might cover some of your blepharoplasty. Please let Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas know in your initial consultation if you are considering applying for an insurance claim. A team member at Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa can help you submit the required paperwork and information to your provider to consider your claim. Generally, you will require a letter from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that blepharoplasty is medically necessary to restore your vision.
What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Eyelid surgery doesn't just help to rejuvenate your face, it can also give you other benefits. You may discover your vision field is greater once excess, hanging skin on your upper eyelid is gone. It is also easier to put on eye shadow and other makeup once your upper lid is smooth. Getting rid of fine lines, paper-thin skin, dark circles, and puffy bags on your lower eyelid may help your eyes appear fuller and brighter without a lot of makeup.
Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Wrinkles on your forehead and the corners of your eyes (Crow's feet) might be better corrected with a brow lift or facelift because the improvements of blepharoplasty are limited to the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty may be performed with a nonsurgical treatment, like BOTOX, which can smooth wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. Wrinkle fillers, like Juvéderm or Restylane, may help to add volume for a smoother appearance. In your initial consultation, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will develop your personal treatment plan to fit your goals.
What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Noninvasive skin tightening procedures, plus injectable treatments (for example, BOTOX, Juvéderm, and Restylane) may give you mild improvements. Although, if you want to fix moderate to severe loose skin or would like to see results that last a long time, eyelid surgery is better for your needs. After you tell our plastic surgeons about your needs and goals, they will give you their suggestions for a surgical or nonsurgical treatment plan. They might also recommend both nonsurgical and surgical procedures for ideal results.
If you find it difficult to see or apply makeup because of folds of skin on your upper eyelids, or you are frustrated by bulging bags underneath your eyes, then upper or lower blepharoplasty at Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa may be the answer for you. This enhancement can allow you to look and feel refreshed and youthful while offering a beautiful answer to your vision impairment concerns. We encourage you to get in touch with our office in Santa Rosa, CA to learn more and schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.