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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) is a procedure in which excess skin and fat are removed from the upper and lower eyelids. Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery can correct drooping upper eyelids and remove puffy bags from below the eyes. These features make a person look older and have the potential to interfere with peripheral vision. The current state of the art is to reinforce the anatomical structure of the surrounding eye tissue while removing less fat than was historically done in these procedures.

With the modern technique, fat that was formerly removed during Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery is now repositioned to a more youthful position. The goal is to prevent a hollow appearance of the eye over the long term. Even though Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery does not reduce fine lines around the eyes, chemical peels and laser treatments are very effective with these, especially in combination with the surgical procedure. Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial procedures, such as facelift or brow lift.

Whether you live in Marin County, San Francisco, or anywhere in the Bay area, Dr. Delgado is prepared to develop a unique treatment plan to get the results you desire. Our practice is dedicated to preparing our patients for the expected results and recovery that come with all procedures. Post operative care is also a vital part of any procedure and patients often arrange for follow up visits at either of our Bay Area offices.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE?

Even people in their early-to-mid 30ís will begin to notice a tired appearance around their eyes. This is caused by a fullness or puffiness of their eyelids, caused by the accumulation of fat, as well as progressive laxity of the skin with age. Increase in the size of these fat deposits is generally unrelated to weight gain or loss, but is rather a result of the passage of time. This fat functions as a significant shock absorber around the eyes and provides important protection to the globes. With time, the connective tissue that once held this protective fat in position begins to stretch and lose its tone. Although it appears as if the fat itself is bulging, this phenomenon is actually caused by the relaxation of the tissue that encompasses it.

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The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who are physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in their expectations. Plastic surgeons find that Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery is the most commonly requested procedure by both men and women. Many people feel that their eyes are their most attractive feature. When aging starts to steal that away, Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery is the most reliable and successful means of restoring a youthful appearance to that asset.

WHAT RESULTS CAN BE EXPECTED?

Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery gives a person a more youthful and rested appearance without changing the shape or expression of the eyes. In some cases, peripheral vision will be restored to levels not enjoyed for many years. The results will look natural and balanced without any surgical look. Although the results can be expected to last for many years, the aging process will continue. At some point in the future, a small amount of excess skin or fat could be removed to extend the effectiveness of the original procedure.

While the vast majority of our patients live in or around San Francisco and Marin County, our practice is happy to host people from all over California and around the country. Please don't hesitate to call or read through our "Out of Town Patients" page if there are any questions you may have.

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