Although our eyes communicate who we are to the world, that can change when we get older. As we age, our skin loses precious elasticity, making our eyelids droop and sag. Our eyelid muscles and the fat pads around the eye can also shift and droop, creating a puffy, hooded look to the eyes. These changes all add up to a perpetually tired, exhausted look that doesn’t reflect who we really are.

But with blepharoplasty surgery, Dr. Josh Waltzman can lift drooping lids to give you a more vibrant, refreshed look. Patients no longer have to worry about puffy lower lids, saggy upper eyelids, or obstructed vision. With an eye lift in Long Beach, they can look as vibrant as they feel.

Dr. Waltzman is a board-certified plastic surgeon known for his natural appearing blepharoplasty results. It’s not just his immense knowledge of facial aesthetics and extensive training that allows him to create stunning outcomes – it’s his dedication to tailoring the blepharoplasty for his Long Beach patients’ particular needs. By customizing each procedure, Dr. Waltzman can rejuvenate you without changing your unique eyes.

What Can Blepharoplasty Do?

Blepharoplasty will remove excess skin, tighten muscle, and sculpt the fat in the eyelids to create a more youthful look. It can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or even both at the same time.

Eyelid surgery can also help patients whose vision has been obstructed by drooping lids. 

Is blepharoplasty always the ideal choice for aging eyes? Not necessarily. Dr. Waltzman knows that facial aging is much more complex than that. There are some cases where a brow lift might be more apt.

Why is it so essential to determine whether you also need a brow lift? One reason is that heavy, drooping eyelids are sometimes caused by a drooping brow, too. If a patient needs both a brow lift and an eye lift and only a blepharoplasty was performed, the patient’s issues may be exacerbated.

The quality of your skin may not be necessarily addressed by a blepharoplasty, either. Luckily, an eyelid lift can also be combined with many non-surgical procedures. If you want, Dr. Waltzman can perform a peel that’s gentle enough to work around the eyes to improve fine lines and dark circles.

The Ideal Candidate for Blepharoplasty

Patients who seek an eye lift tend to have the following characteristics:

  • Wants to stop looking older or tired than they really are
  • Loose, excess skin on the lower and upper eyelids
  • Puffy lower and upper eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes

Your Consultation for Blepharoplasty

We pride ourselves on creating a warm, relaxed atmosphere during our consultations. They’re also highly informative; Dr. Waltzman will meet with you one-on-one, and he’ll take the time to answer every question and concern. The consultation will last as long as you need it to, and Dr. Waltzman won’t move the process forward unless he knows you’re ready.

To plan your eyelid lift, Dr. Waltzman will analyze your tissues and take measurements of your face. He’ll also take a picture to use as a reference. The planning aspect of the consultation is crucial because the quality of your skin and severity of the drooping will decide which technique Dr. Waltzman will use.

The consultation is also the perfect time for Dr. Waltzman to explain the different aspects of your blepharoplasty. He’ll go over the blepharoplasty’s outcomes, possible risks, and what your recovery process will be like.

Dr. Waltzman’s main goal for your eyelid lift? Helping you feel confident and whole again. We’ll make sure you’re supported and guided throughout your entire blepharoplasty journey.

How the Blepharoplasty Is Performed

The blepharoplasty will be performed in a surgical center or a hospital where Dr. Waltzman has privileges. The surgery itself can be performed using a local anesthetic, IV sedation, or general anesthesia. Dr. Waltman will make a recommendation for which anesthetic to use during your consultation.

To perform an upper blepharoplasty, Dr. Waltzman will create an incision in your eyelid crease. Dr. Waltzman will then remove excess skin and fat.

For the lower blepharoplasty, Dr. Waltzman can create an incision on the inside of the eyelid, which covers up any scar that appears. This incision will give him access to the fat pads covered by the inner lining of the lower eyelid. Then, he’ll reposition the fatty tissue until the lower lids look nice and smooth. If there’s an issue with excess skin in the lower lid, Dr. Waltzman will create an incision along the lash line and remove some skin.

Your Recovery from the Eyelid Lift

Dr. Waltzman will give each patient detailed instructions for their recovery from surgery. It’s crucial that patients follow their instructions closely – the success of your blepharoplasty results depends on a seamless recovery.

In general, patients take a week or two off work to recover from eyelid surgery. The first few days of their blepharoplasty recovery should be dedicated relaxing and no strenuous activity.  Dr. Waltzman will let patients know when they can return to work or their regular exercise regimen.

Patients will experience some bruising and swelling after their blepharoplasty. But after 10-14 days, side effects should have dissipated enough that you’ll be comfortable joining social events. The incisions from your blepharoplasty should take a week to close, but it will take a few months before they fully fade.

Dr. Waltzman has the skills and the training to help you achieve a brighter, younger look. He stands out in the Long Beach community because of his reputation as a caring, compassionate physician. To work with Dr. Waltzman, contact The Waltzman Institute Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics for a consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Eyelid Surgery

A blepharoplasty can address excess skin on the upper eyelid or underneath eyes known as “eye-bags.”

About 5 to 7 days after your procedure, you will be seen for a post operative appointment and suture removal. About 7 to 10 days after your procedure, you will be able to resume applying make up, concealer, and skincare products as normal. Patients typically return to work after about one week of their procedure.

No, patients will be required to have transportation to and from their blepharoplasty procedure, regardless of that procedure being in an office procedure room or a surgery center under anesthesia.

Each patient is different; if you are prone to bruising and swelling, then it is likely you will experience some bruising and swelling after your procedure. Both should subside in about 3-5 days after your procedure. However, it is important you refrain from using make up or concealer to hide any bruising for at minimum of 7 days.

An upper blepharoplasty addresses skin laxity on the upper eyelids and can alleviate excess skin on the upper eyelids. A brow lift lifts the eyes and other areas of the face to alleviate skin laxity in multiple regions of the face. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will determine which is better for you based on your desired outcomes.

Like any surgical procedure, if you are the right candidate for surgery and have created a surgical plan with Dr. Josh Waltzman, you will next be in communication with our Patient Care Coordinator to plan your surgical date, discuss payment options, and schedule pre and post-operative appointments.

Schedule a Consultation

Ready to book a procedure with Dr. Waltzman? Contact us today to schedule a consultation and begin your new aesthetic journey today!

Schedule a Consultation

Ready to book a procedure with Dr. Waltzman? Contact us today to schedule a consultation and begin your new aesthetic journey today!