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Can I have upper eyelid surgery without looking like I have been operated on?

Published on September 3, 2012

This questions cuts both ways. What you are hoping for in having surgery is an improved look. What the question gets at is whether you will end up with the operated look. No one wants the surgical results of famous people talked about in the tabloids, such as the singer Kenny Rogers or the socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein. As much as it would be great to say that overaggressive, unnatural surgery results are a thing of the past, it is simply not true. Avoiding this type of result not simply a matter of choosing a surgeon with the right training and credentials. The advice of seeking a board certified general plastic surgeon does not guarantee any level of expertise when it comes to eyelid surgery. In fact general plastic surgeons are poorly trained in eyelid plastic surgery compared to oculoplastic surgeons. Even training in oculoplastic surgery is not guarantee of natural results. The truth is that good people are were you find them, and this is true for highly qualified cosmetic eyelid surgeons.

The Surgical Look

The surgical look can come from removing too much tissue in the upper eyelid, or creating an upper eyelid crease that is too high. Dr. Steinsapir advocates for a more conservative approach that preserves as much tissue as possible, complimenting your natural eyelid structure. “Surgeons misunderstand the goal of cosmetic eyelid surgery. The surgery should be invisible leaving the eyes natural and alive,” notes Dr. Steinsapir.

A carefully planned surgery takes into account your goals, the balance of all your facial features, and functionality. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, so take time to find a doctor who individualizes each treatment and makes upper eyelid surgery a major focus of his or her practice. A specialized physician will be able to answer your questions, discuss your options, and show you before-and-after photos of eyelid surgery examples, without special lighting, retouching, or camera tricks. Provided you take the time to seek out a great surgeon, don’t opt for shortcuts, and are willing to listen to expert medical advice, there is no reason to expect nothing but the best.

In medicine there is no such thing as a no-risk surgery. For this reason, your potential surgeon needs to spend time talking with you to investigate your personal history in detail. They need to perform a very detailed and comprehensive examination. This should be followed by an equally detailed discussion regarding risks, benefits, alternatives and the likelihood of surgical success. If your surgeon cuts corners in the consultation process, it is reasonable to assume that they may cut corners in the surgery as well. If your surgeon spent only a few moments with you and did not bother to examine your face and eyelids before referring you to the practice closer, it is reasonable to ask yourself if your are in the right place.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

The details of your upper eyelid surgery will depend on your individual eyelid contour, the specific improvements you are seeking, and a detailed examination and treatment plan created specifically for your needs by a specialist in oculoplastic surgery. Dr. Steinsapir is respected across the world as a leader in eyelid surgery with natural results, and he practices both in Beverly Hills and at UCLA, where he is an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. He is dedicated to the needs of his patients and provides a rare level of unique personal care. We invite you to consult with Dr. Steinsapir to learn if upper eyelid surgery is right for you. Please call today to learn more about how eyelid surgery can help you improve your appearance and your confidence.

About Dr. Steinsapir

Dr. Steinsapir of LidLift is a board certified eye surgeon and fellowship-trained in oculoplastic surgery and cosmetic surgery in Los Angeles where he specializes in balanced facial cosmetic surgery for natural results, with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques, fast recovery time, and leadership in medical technology. Dr. Steinsapir has a private practice and also serves as an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Contact us today to learn how Dr. Steinsapir’s experience and training make him an expert in cosmetic surgery, which can be a vital part of your evidence-based treatment plan.

Services described may be “off-label” and lack FDA approval. This article is informational and does not constitute an advertisement for off-label treatment. No services should be provided without a good faith examination by a licensed physician or surgeon and an informed consent with a discussion of risks, benefits, alternatives, and the likelihood of treatment success. Only you and your treating physician or surgeon can determine if a treatment is right for you.

To learn more about procedures and treatments performed by Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Steinsapir, contact us at 310-274-7422.

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