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The eyes are the most captivating feature of the human face. As “the window to the soul”, the eyes are one of our most important tools for communicating thoughts and emotions. However, as the years pass, our eyes can become hidden under excess wrinkles, puffiness, and droopy eyelids. Our eyelids also have some of the thinnest and most delicate skin found anywhere on our bodies, which makes them especially vulnerable to the effects of aging, gravity, environmental damage, and other factors. This is why Dr. Tansavatdi offers eyelid surgery, including ptosis repair, in the Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village area.
Our Westlake Village blepharoplasty surgeon, Dr. Tansavatdi, performs surgery to restore sagging eyelids, remove excess fat, and rejuvenate the overall appearance of the eyes. Dr. Tansavatdi is a dual board-certified facial plastic surgeon and specializes in helping her clients achieve beautiful results that enhance their natural features. By reversing unwanted signs of aging, eyelid surgery can remove 10 to 15 years from your face and give you a more rested, alert appearance.
Eyelid lift surgery can rejuvenate your eyes by removing the droopy skin on your upper eyelids and puffiness under the eyes. Blepharoplasty procedures fall into two broad categories: cosmetic blepharoplasty and functional blepharoplasty.
Cosmetic blepharoplasty is performed solely to erase signs of aging and improve your appearance.
Functional blepharoplasty is undertaken for medical reasons. In most cases, it’s performed to remove the skin from the upper eyelid that is so heavy and droopy that it impairs your vision for driving and other visual tasks. Functional blepharoplasty may also be needed if you are experiencing irritation from folds of excess eyelid skin rubbing together, forehead discomfort from overused muscles straining to lift sagging skin over your eyes, or decreased function of the muscles that keep your eyes open.
In general, eyelid surgery has the ability to:
Depending on your unique concerns, Dr. Tansavatdi can perform both upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery procedures simultaneously. In fact, the most dramatic results occur when upper and lower eyelid surgeries are completed together. After carefully examining your eyes and discussing your aesthetic concerns, Dr. Tansavatdi will explain how eyelid surgery can help you and what type of results you should expect.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Tansavatdi, you will discuss your concerns and your reasons for pursuing eyelid surgery. She will evaluate your facial structure and skin, discuss the likely outcomes of blepharoplasty and the potential risks, educate you about blepharoplasty techniques, and if relevant, recommend other treatments that may be better suited to your needs.
It’s natural to feel a mix of anxiety and excitement as you anticipate your surgery and your new look. Don’t be shy about asking questions or raising concerns with Dr. Tansavatdi. This in-person meeting is your time to get to know her and thoroughly familiarize yourself with the details of your procedure so that you can make informed decisions about your surgery and move forward with confidence.
Once Dr. Tansavatdi is made aware of your goals, she will create an outline of your personalized surgical plan. This plan will include the technique to be used, your options for anesthesia, your financial investment for the procedure, what you need to do to prepare for the surgery, and post-operative instructions to follow for a safe and smooth recovery.
Ptosis is the drooping of the upper eyelid. As a facial surgeon, Dr. Tansavatdi can improve this condition. She will make an incision in the crease of the upper eyelid skin, or the inside of the eyelid, where the scar post-surgery will be hidden. This is also where the muscles are that are lift the eyelid. One of these muscles will be either tightened or re-attached to the upper eyelid to correct the ptosis. The patient’s end result will depend on exactly how the tissue heals, but Dr. Tansavatdi will make adjustments as needed. If you’re looking for ptosis repair in the Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village area, Dr. Tansavatdi can help you.
Immediately after your eyelid surgery, you may experience blurry vision and mild discomfort. This is a normal and expected part of the healing process. Blepharoplasty patients may experience a range of symptoms during the first few days of recovery at home, including redness, swelling, discomfort, dry eyes, eye fatigue, and mild bruising. Pain can typically be managed with over-the-counter medications, though Dr. Tansavatdi may prescribe pain relievers if necessary. She will also provide you with specific instructions for post-operative care that may include the use of cool compresses and lubricating eye drops, use of eye ointment at night, taking antibiotics, sleeping on your back, and avoiding strenuous physical activities for a period of time.
Patients can expect to require one week away from work and daily activities after eyelid surgery. Sutures are removed 5 to 7 days after the procedure. Makeup can then be used to conceal the incisions and any bruising or redness. Contact lens use can be resumed in 1 to 2 weeks. Dr. Tansavatdi recommends patients use specific vitamins to diminish the amount of bruising and swelling and accelerate healing.
Blepharoplasty is often combined with other procedures to enhance its anti-aging benefits. Eyelid lift surgery pairs well with facelift surgery—which is designed to address aging concerns in the lower half of the face—for complete facial transformation. It’s also common to combine an eyelid lift with a brow lift for comprehensive rejuvenation of the upper face.
Non-surgical treatments can also complement the results of your blepharoplasty. Botox and/or dermal filler injections, or treatments like microneedling and laser resurfacing, can further enhance your youthful appearance by smoothing wrinkles and improving your skin.
Dr. Tansavatdi is an experienced Thousand Oaks facial plastic surgeon with training in otolaryngology (Head & Neck Surgery). She has extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and aesthetics and can manipulate the structure of the facial features for beautiful, natural-looking results. For more information, please contact our office at (805) 715-4996 or contact us online to schedule a consultation for arguably the best eyelid surgery Thousand Oaks has to offer. Dr. Tansavatdi and her team are here to guide you through every step of your journey to a rejuvenated appearance and renewed confidence.