Overview of Surgical and Non-Surgical Eyelid Procedures in the Los Angeles Area
Surgical Eyelid Lift Procedure
Eyelid surgery, also referred to as blepharoplasty, removes excess skin and fat pockets from the upper and lower eyelids. It may be performed as a single procedure or together with other facial procedures such as a brow lift, facelift, or laser resurfacing. Patients can undergo eyelid surgery under local anesthesia or general anesthesia if requested.
During non-surgical upper eyelid lifts, Botox is injected into the corrugator supercilii and the orbicularis oculi muscles, which work to pull the eyebrows down. The injection weakens their pulling action, giving the brow a lift. As a result, the upper eyelids are opened. It’s very important for the injector to be familiar with all the muscles in this area because a misplaced injection can make the eyebrows droop. Dr. Nguyen is a very experienced injector and is very familiar with the anatomy of these muscles.
This procedure works best for patients whose brow and upper eyelid drooping is less severe. It won’t be highly effective on a person with heavier upper eyelids and more advanced aging. An endoscopic brow lift or upper eyelid surgery are better options. Dr. Nguyen will thoroughly evaluate you to determine whether a surgical or non-surgical eyelid lift procedure will suit you better.
How Eyelid Surgery Works
Lower Eyelid Surgery
In lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Nguyen makes the incision in an inconspicuous area just below the lower lash line. Excess, skin, fat, and muscle are removed. The fat may be redistributed to get rid of bulges or puffiness. Other existing problems such as muscle laxity are also rectified during surgery.
The scars from blepharoplasty heal quickly and are well hidden by natural creases. The surgery usually lasts one to two hours depending on the amount of work being done. Blepharoplasty surgery is a very personalized procedure. Your consultation with Dr. Nguyen and your specific goals will determine whether your surgery will include the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid, or both.
Who are good Candidates for Eye Procedures?
Upper Eyelid Surgery
In upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Nguyen marks all the individual lines and creases of the eyelids to keep scars hidden along natural folds. An incision is made and excess skin, fat, and muscle that are contributing to the tired or droopy appearance are removed. In some cases, the muscle or fat is repositioned. The remaining skin is then lifted and reattached. The incisions are closed with fine sutures.
Non-Surgical Eyelid Lift Procedure
A non-surgical eyelid lift is done without cutting, removing excess fat or skin, or modifying the eyelids’ orbicular muscle. It involves the use of injectable treatments to rejuvenate tired-looking eyes and restore youthful proportions. A combination of Botulinum toxin, often referred to as Botox, and temporary fillers are often used.
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Actual Los Angeles Area Eyelid Patients of Dr. Nguyen’s
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What are Dr. Nguyen’s Patients Saying?
We feel that the approach to facial plastic surgery by both patient and doctor should be a conservative one, and the result should appear natural and balanced.
There are several core philosophical principles that drive our practice. We feel that the approach to facial plastic surgery by both patient and doctor should be a conservative one. We feel that results should appear natural and balanced so that a patient looks like the best version of his or herself, not a bizarre approximation of someone else. We believe that the best outcomes are achieved when a patient and surgeon share a common objective and when there is consensus regarding aesthetic taste. We encourage a holistic approach to anti-aging because true youthfulness requires a combination of attitude, physical well being, as well as appearance.
While facial plastic surgery is often pursued to restore a youthful appearance, its results are most effective when a patient is vigilant about preserving mind, body, and spirit alike. Last, and perhaps most importantly, we believe that each of our patient’s needs is unique and that their course of treatment should reflect that of uniqueness. We strive to give the utmost in personalized care and service. From your first phone call to our office through your final follow-up visit, you will be given the time and attention needed to help you realize your individual aesthetic goals.
About Dr. Nguyen
Davis B. Nguyen, M.D. grew up in southern California, where he graduated from the University of California (UCLA), summa cum laude. He then earned a Whipple Scholarship to attend medical school at the University of Rochester in New York. While in medical school, Dr. Nguyen completed a one year research fellowship in general surgery at Harvard Medical School. This was followed by an internship in general surgery and a five year residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Yale University.
Dr. Nguyen then completed a fellowship at the USC affiliated Lasky Clinic with Dr. Frank M. Kamer in Beverly Hills, under the auspices of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.