Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty Newport Beach
WHAT IS UPPER EYELID BLEPHAROPLASTY? WHAT IS EYELID LIFT SURGERY?
As we age, the skin of the upper eyelid can become stretched and excessive. This skin can roll over the natural eyelid crease causing our eyes to appear heavy or tired. In severe cases, the skin can even block the peripheral vision. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a short, outpatient procedure. It is the most common procedure performed in the United States to improve the effects of aging of the eyes and face.
WHAT DOES UPPER EYELID BLEPHAROPLASTY – UPPER EYELID LIFT DO?
The goal of upper eyelid blepharoplasty – upper eyelid lift is to make your eyes appear more rested and vibrant. The art of this surgery is found in the natural results that Dr. Joseph can achieve. After surgery, many people will comment on your how rested you look and your improved appearance, without knowing that you had anything done.
HOW DO I ACHIEVE NATURAL RESULTS WITH MY EYELID SURGERY?
There are three main factors that contribute to the ability to reliably deliver natural results with eyelid surgery.
- Experience- Dr. Joseph focuses his practice on both aesthetic and reconstructive procedures of the eyelids. He also helps to train the residents in training at UC Irvine, where he is an assistant professor.
- Ability- In order to reliably achieve desired results from each eyelid surgery, one must have the physical skills to perform surgery on the most fragile, delicate area of the face. Dr. Joseph is a trained microsurgeon and posseses the skills and ability to achieve these results.
- Knowledge- The last and most vital factor is an understanding of the eyelids and their ideal balance and relationships to the surrounding areas, the eyebrow, the cheek, and the eye itself. Dr. Joseph is one of a small group of doctors who focuses his practice in this area. He has unsurpassed knowledge of the anatomy in in this area and this knowledge is paramount in delivering your desired results.
DO I NEED AN UPPER EYELID BLEPHAROPLASTY – EYELID LIFT?
This question can only be answered by you. If you are trying to improve the appearance of tired, puffy, or heavy eyelids, then upper eyelid blepharoplasty – upper eyelid lift may be a good option for you. During your consultation with Dr. Joseph in his Newport Beach office, you will learn about the unique treatments he offers, and discuss your individual goals. Together you will develop a plan to optimize your results.
WHAT DOES UPPER EYELID BLEPHAROPLASTY – UPPER EYELID LIFT COST?
The cost of the surgery varies depending on the specific technique or techniques needed to achieve your goal. Dr. Joseph tailors his approach to each of his patients.
IS UPPER EYELID BLEPHAROPLASTY – UPPER EYELID LIFT COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Many private health insurance plans in Orange County will cover the cost of upper eyelid blepharoplasty – upper eyelid lift. In addition, if you have Medicare coverage, you can qualify for coverage of the cost of surgery. If you have upper eyelid skin that is resting on, or hanging over your lashes, surgery may be covered by insurance. Dr. Joseph can perform an examination and specialized testing to determine if you qualify.
WHAT TYPE OF SURGEON PERFORMS UPPER EYELID BLEPHAROPLASTY – UPPER EYELID LIFT?
Surgeons from different specialties may offer this procedure to their patients. As an oculofacial plastic surgeon specializing in eyelid surgery, Dr. Joseph focuses his practice on this area and this type of surgery. This enables Dr. Joseph to tailor the surgery to your specific needs and goals. Dr. Joseph is excited to bring this level of specialized care to Newport Beach.
DOES UPPER EYELID BLEPHAROPLASTY – UPPER EYELID LIFT LEAVE A SCAR?
Any surgery requiring an incision will leave a scar. Unsightly scars occur when the surgeon does not plan, create, or stitch the incision in an ideal fashion. Dr. Joseph’s experience and focus around the eyes enables him to hide any incisions making any scars virtually invisible.
WHERE IS THE INCISION PLACED?
Dr. Joseph places the incision for your eyelid surgery in the natural fold or crease of the upper eyelid. This perfectly hides the incision so it heals invisibly.
HOW IS THE INCISION MADE?
The incision is made using an engineered surgical scalpel. This same scalpel is used for many delicate surgeries where fractions of a millimeter make huge difference, for example coronary artery heart surgery.
WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA IS USED FOR UPPER EYELID BLEPHAROPLASTY – UPPER EYELID LIFT?
This surgery can be performed with minimal anesthetic. Often only a local anesthetic is needed. If desired, sedatives delivered intravenously by an anesthesiologist can be used to maximize comfort and relaxation. Dr. Joseph will discuss all of your options with you during your consultation.
WHAT TYPE OF SUTURES ARE USED FOR UPPER EYELID BLEPHAROPLASTY?
There are two main types of stitches that are used for upper eyelid blepharoplasty: absorbable and non-absorbale sutures. Examples of absorbable include plain gut, Monocryl, and Vicryl. Examples of non-absorbable sutures include nylon, and Prolene. Dr. Joseph prefers to use non-absorbable stitches on the thin eyelid skin, as this minimizes scarring. The sutures remain in place for 5 to 10 days and are then easily removed in the office.
HOW LONG DOES UPPER EYELID BLEPHAROPLASTY – UPPER EYELID LIFT TAKE?
The average surgery usually requires between 30 to 60 minutes. However, this time will vary depending on the specific goals that you and Dr. Joseph set forth. Every surgery is unique and to achieve the absolute best result, no surgery is ever rushed.
WHAT IS RECOVERY LIKE FOR UPPER EYELID BLEPHAROPLASTY – UPPER EYELID LIFT?
Recovery varies by individual. The eyes are usually swollen and bruised for 1 to 2 weeks. There can be some pain after surgery, but it is usually well controlled with ice compresses and over-the-counter medications.
HOW CAN I CONTACT DR. JEFFREY JOSEPH, M.D.?
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