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Santa Barbara Skin Institute

Dermatology & Mohs Surgery located in Santa Barbara, CA & Solvang, CA

Sagging eyelids not only make you look older, but they can also limit your peripheral vision. Skilled dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Roberta Sengelmann, MD, performs blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) procedures at Santa Barbara Skin Institute in Santa Barbara and Solvang, California. If you’re concerned about loose or sagging skin around your eyes, call or book an appointment online.

Blepharoplasty Q & A

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes excess skin, muscle, and fat from around your eyes. Reducing droopy eyelids improves your vision while also making you look younger.

Why would I need blepharoplasty?

Over time, your eyelids stretch and the muscles that support them begin to weaken. This may cause excess fat to collect above and below your eyelids, creating a saggy or droopy appearance.

Dr. Sengelmann uses blepharoplasty to improve numerous signs of aging around the eyes, such as:

  • Bags under the eyes
  • Excess skin on the lower eyelids
  • Droopy upper eyelids
  • Fine wrinkles around the eyes

Blepharoplasty may also improve visual impairments due to loose or sagging skin in the upper eyelid. After a blepharoplasty procedure, your eyes look younger and more alert.

What should I expect from a blepharoplasty procedure?

First, Dr. Sengelmann carefully examines the skin around your eyes and reviews your medical history to ensure you’re a good candidate for blepharoplasty. She may ask questions about your particular cosmetic concerns and goals in order to develop the best treatment plan for you.

Before your procedure, Dr. Sengelmann may request that you stop taking any medications or herbal supplements that are associated with increased bleeding, such as ibuprofen. If you’re a smoker, you should stop smoking several weeks before surgery as this may reduce your ability to heal.

Dr. Sengelmann performs blepharoplasty as an outpatient procedure at Santa Barbara Skin Institute. You should arrange for someone else to drive you home after surgery.

Most of the time, Dr. Sengelmann only numbs your eyelids with a local anesthetic, but in some cases, she may use general anesthesia.

If you’re getting blepharoplasty on your upper and lower eyelids, she addresses the upper lids first. She makes a small incision to remove excess skin, muscle, and sometimes fat. She may move these tissues to other areas of your eye before closing the incision.

It’s important to rest for the first few days after your blepharoplasty procedure to ensure proper healing. Short-term side effects may include blurry vision and sensitivity to light. These symptoms should fade within a day or two.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for blepharoplasty, call Santa Barbara Skin Institute or book an appointment online.

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