Our eyes are windows into how we feel and who we are. Unfortunately, they’re also among the first facial features to convey signs of aging—something our blepharoplasty patients from the Walnut Creek, Danville, and San Ramon areas know all too well. Fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon Dr. Prem Tripathi performs blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) in Livermore to lift drooping upper eyelids and smooth puffy lower eyelids to create smoother, more refreshed-looking eyes that reflect the youthfulness you feel inside.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a facial plastic surgery procedure that rejuvenates the eyes by addressing concerns such as drooping or sagging upper eyelids, puffy fat deposits or “bags” in the lower eyelids, and crepey or wrinkled skin around the eyes.
Dr. Tripathi performs 2 forms of blepharoplasty:
- Upper blepharoplasty lifts sagging upper eyelids, better defines the upper eyelid crease, and may even reduce vision impairment caused by hooded eyelid skin. This creates a more awake and revitalized expression.
- Lower blepharoplasty reduces fat deposits under the eyes and smooths the area for a more youthful look. The procedure can also lift sagging skin along the lower eye that may be contributing to a fatigued appearance.
These procedures can be performed separately or together, depending on the correction you’re looking for. Dr. Tripathi may include fat transfer to enhance the results.
Who Is a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
Ideal blepharoplasty candidates are nonsmokers who are in generally good health without existing health issues or eye conditions that may pose risks for complications. Though eyelid surgery is typically performed as a rejuvenation procedure, it may be right for younger patients with naturally hooded or puffy eyelids.
How Is Blepharoplasty Done?
Dr. Tripathi performs your blepharoplasty while you are under either local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of your procedure.
- For upper blepharoplasty, he makes a small incision along your natural eyelid crease to conceal any scarring. He uses this incision to trim away skin, remove fat, and reposition muscles as needed.
- For lower blepharoplasty, he makes an incision either just below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid (transconjunctival). He then removes or repositions fat and tightens the skin.
He closes incisions with tiny sutures that will be removed within a week of your procedure.
What Is Blepharoplasty Recovery Like?
Most people return to work within 1 to 2 weeks after surgery, as this is typically when bruising and swelling subside. You may experience temporary dryness or eye fatigue during this time. The Silhouette team will provide you with detailed instructions and any medications you may need to recover as quickly and comfortably as possible. You’ll need to avoid vigorous exercise and other strenuous activities for 3 to 4 weeks.
How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost?
The cost of blepharoplasty varies depending on factors such as the approach, the complexity of the procedure, and whether you choose to combine your eyelid surgery with other treatments. Following your consultation with Dr. Tripathi, we will provide you with a personalized pricing estimate. Financing is available through Enhance Patient Finance.
Are There Nonsurgical Alternatives to Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is typically the most effective solution for concerns such as drooping eyelids and undereye bags. However, injectable treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic can reduce wrinkles around the eyes, while dermal fillers can disguise bags and fill in hollows on a temporary basis.
If you’re considering eyelid surgery in Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, or elsewhere in the East Bay, please request a consultation with Dr. Tripathi using the online form or call (925) 579-2510. We look forward to hearing from you.