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Nothing ages a person’s appearance more than hooded upper eyelids and bags under the eyes. As we grow older, the muscles around the eyes start to weaken, causing the skin to sag. This can give the face a perpetually tired and older-looking appearance. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a cosmetic surgical procedure to correct puffy, droopy, or wrinkled upper and lower eyelids to restore a more youthful appearance to the eyes and the face.

Dr. Alexander Sinclair is a board certified plastic surgeon who has many years of experience serving the greater Los Angeles area in a wide range of plastic surgery procedures, and who is known for his commitment to surgical excellence. At Sinclair Plastic Surgery in Whittier or Beverly Hills, you can expect the agreed-upon results from your plastic surgery or non-surgical procedure performed in a warm, comforting, non-intimidating environment.

How is eyelid surgery performed

Although eyelid surgery is sometimes called an “eyelift,” this is a misnomer, as the eyelid is not actually lifted during surgery. In upper eyelid surgery, incisions are made to allow for removal of excess fat, skin, and tissue. Fine sutures are then used to bring the skin together and create an eyelid crease.

In lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made either just below the lower lash line or on the inside of the lower lid (transconjunctival approach). The latter approach leaves no visible incisions. Fat can be removed or added to improve the contour of the eyelids. The lid may need to be tightened to eliminate sagging. This procedure may be combined with laser resurfacing to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the texture of the skin.

Functional reasons for eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery can take years off a man or woman’s appearance, but this procedure is also performed for non-cosmetic reasons. Loose, sagging skin in the upper eyelids can create folds, affect the natural contours of the upper eyelid, and impair a person’s vision. Blepharoplasty may become a medical necessity, particularly in older patients.

If excess skin on the upper eyelids is blocking your field of vision, your medical insurance may cover the eyelid surgery procedure. Check with your insurance provider to find out if you are covered. Our office can assist you with your medical insurance claim.

What to expect with eyelid surgery

Blepharoplasty is typically performed on an out-patient basis under local anesthesia with sedation. General anesthesia is also available for this procedure, which can take approximately 1 to 3 hours, depending upon whether the surgery is being performed on one lid, or both upper and lower eyelids.

Mild to moderate pain and discomfort for 1 to 3 days after eyelid surgery can be alleviated with prescription or over-the-counter medication. Sutures are generally removed within approximately 4 to 6 days after surgery. Results often last 5 to 10 years, or longer.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

PRACTICE POLICY UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated - June 26th 2020

The COVID-19 epidemic has created unprecedented circumstances for our community. Our practice has been paying close attention to the guidelines put in place by the government and

With this in mind, we are offering virtual consultations to patients via face time, however, face-to-face in-office consultation are still available. We are still seeing post-operative patients and patients requiring ongoing treatments. To schedule, a virtual consultation or in-office consultation call our office.

Please know that we are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and doing our part to make sure that you are protected

  • We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. Our preventative measures include:
  • Fully training all staff members to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • Appointments will be staggered to avoid congestion in the waiting room.
  • Checking temperatures of every patient that comes into the office.
  • Asking all staff, vendors and ancillary personnel to refrain from coming to the office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Asking every patient to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms and inquiring about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing, as this continues to be the most important mode of prevention.
  • Although it is something that we have always constantly done, we are now doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • Constantly sanitizing all surfaces (which we have always done as an accredited facility).

However, we have now increased this routine and are wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities multiple times each day.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this country even better than it currently is. We are closely monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will update our practice’s guidelines as needed to protect our patients.

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