About Eyelid Surgery
The eyes are a unique component of the face that deserve to be shown; however, an abundance of skin above or under the eyes can create an aging look. Plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas offer blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid surgery) to remove excess skin and lift the upper or lower eyelid, creating a look that appears softer and rejuvenated. Countless men and women undergo eyelid surgery at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato to reduce puffy bulges, leading to improved function and appearance. Upper and lower eyelid surgery creates a fresh, youthful appearance and can produce subtle yet striking improvements. If you're interested in rejuvenating your eyes with an eye lift to remove excess skin, schedule a consultation at our office in Novato, CA.
"I have finally found by Med Spa! I have received wonderful service and treatments at Allegro Med Spa's Novato location. Easily situated right of the freeway. Very friendly and helpful staff! Nancy at the front desk is so helpful. Melinda was the person who did my botox. She is very gentle and precise. My results were the best I have ever had and I didn't even have any bruising!"- H.G. / Yelp / Dec 18, 2018
"I Had a Wonderful Experience - Dr. Canales and his wife just did my breast implants (well trade out of old smaller implants to new larger ones) and my tummy tuck and so far I am extremely happy with my results. He is such a caring and kind man who wants his patients to be happy and he is honest. My breasts look super good nice and fake like I wanted them and my tummy is pretty dang flat. I would definetly come to him again..."- M. / RealSelf / Oct 24, 2018
"Wonderful experience - Dr. Canales is amazing, his entire staff is great. From the moment you walk in everyone is very friendly and make you feel comfortable. I am 6 weeks post op and I am very happy with my results so far. I had a tummy tuck and breast augmentation, I had asymmetry and one breast was tuberous. I had Sientra silicone implants above the muscle placement 355 in left breast and 485 in right..."- N. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2018
"I look Like your Wish Pics! - It has now been 19 years since my breast augmentation and I wanted to give a review to this incredible pair of Doctors - Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales. My breasts look like the “wish pics” on this site for so many other women. I simply love them and have gotten scores of compliments on how good they look. Judge for yourself. Their work is impeccable. If I ever had them replaced with silicone, (th..."- T. / RealSelf / Jan 21, 2018
"27 YO, 5’1”, 129lbs, 355cc Sientra silicone, Mod+ - Hands down the best experience I have ever had! Every single person in this office is beautiful, knowledgeable and so so sweet-from the ladies in the front to the nurses and the entire surgical staff. Since day 1 they have put my nerves at ease, answered all of my questions and made the entire process easy for me. Before scheduling my consult I did years of research (literally since I was 16) and every single review suggested to get different opinions. After meeting the team and Dr Canales I just knew I didn’t need to see anyone else. I have over 12 close girlfriends who have seen both Dr Canales and Dr Furnas for their BA’s and not only do they all look amazing but they too had the best experience here at PSA. Im currently 1 week post op and have had the easiest recovery-I only needed the pain meds for the first day but have experienced generally ZERO pain. I’ve had no bruising and Dr Canales said everything was healing perfectly. I HIGHLY recommend Dr Canales for anyone considering a breast augmentation. His bedside manner is highly professional, he’s very funny, and down to earth (did not experience white coat syndrome AT ALL like I do at my MD and gyno appts!). If your on the fence just schedule your consult, like me your only regret would be not doing it sooner! I am absolutely obsessed with my new boobies, I feel so much more confident and so happy I finally did it. Thank you Dr C and team!"- T.F. / RealSelf / Dec 19, 2017
Eyelid surgery is a cosmetic surgery that is sought out by both men and women. During your private consultation, treatment alternatives will be discussed with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas based on your symptoms that need to be addressed. In most cases, ideal candidates wish to correct excess, hanging skin and folds above their eyes or bulging skin below their bottom eyelids. These conditions can cause vision impairment that can hinder daily life. For a rejuvenated appearance, eyelid surgery may be the right procedure for you. If you have loose skin that droops on the upper eyelid or bags under the eyes, blepharoplasty can correct this to give you a younger appearance.
Depending on the complexity of the blepharoplasty, general anesthesia or IV sedation will be given. Eyelid surgery may be done on the upper eyelid alone, on the bottom eyelid, or a combination of both upper and lower.
Upper blepharoplasty assists in diminishing the hanging of skin that droops over the eye to create a more appealing eyelid appearance. An incision is usually made along the lash line or crease to trim away tissue and fat.
Lower eyelid surgery is performed to reduce puffy skin under the lower eyelid. The incision is placed just under the lash line to allow access to remove fatty tissue, and the skin is delicately lifted to produce a smoother look. In some cases, a nonsurgical laser treatment can be applied to assist with discoloration while dermal fillers can be used for added smoothness if necessary.
What to Expect
Eyelid surgery can last up to two hours based on whether one or both eyes are treated. After the procedure, you should expect a few days to rest and avoid strenuous activities. Ice packs can help reduce bruising and swelling. The results from eyelid surgery can last years, but even though they are lasting, the aging process does not stop. To complement your surgical outcomes, facial rejuvenation treatments at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato, such as lasers, chemical peels, and fillers, can be paired to create a fresh appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Cosmetic eyelid surgery costs can vary, depending on whether you are having an upper eyelid lift, lower, or both. As soon as your treatment plan has been developed during your consultation, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas can then discuss estimated costs. To get natural-looking results that last a long time, it is better to focus on selecting a skilled plastic surgeon whom you trust, like Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas, instead of trying to find the cheapest place. To make it easier for you to afford a great eyelid lift, Plastic Surgery Associates Novato accepts many payment methods, and we can help you find low-interest financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
If loose skin is limiting your vision, your insurance may pay for part of your eyelid lift. Please tell us during your consultation if you might be using your insurance. Someone at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato will help you get the needed information and paperwork for your insurance company to process your claim. Typically, you will need a diagnosis from an optometrist or ophthalmologist that an eyelid lift will improve your vision.
What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
An eyelid lift not only helps to refresh your appearance, but it can also improve other aspects of your life. You may find your field of vision expanding when loose, hanging skin from your upper eyelid is removed. It can also be easier to apply eye makeup when your upper eyelid is smooth. Eliminating fine lines, puffy bags, and dark circles under your eyes can make your upper face look brighter and fuller without cosmetics.
Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Forehead wrinkles and Crow's feet may be better addressed with a facelift or brow lift since the results of the eyelid surgery are confined to the eyelids only. Eyelid surgery can be combined with a nonsurgical procedure, such as BOTOX, which combats wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. An injectable filler can also be effective because it adds volume to hollow areas for a fuller appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will create your custom treatment plan based on your goals.
What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Skin tightening without surgery and injectable treatments (such as Juvéderm, BOTOX, and Restylane) can provide some improvements. However, if you have moderate to severe sagging skin or want long-lasting results, an eyelid lift would be better than nonsurgical treatments. When you have talked to Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas about your concerns and goals for your eyes, they can explain their recommendations for your nonsurgical or surgical treatment plan. They may also suggest both surgical and nonsurgical procedures for your best results.
Plan Your Procedure
If you are having a hard time seeing due to hanging skin on the upper eyelid, or you suffer from puffy bags under your eyes, then blepharoplasty at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato may be right for you. This surgery can help you look youthful and awakened while offering a gorgeous answer to your vision impairment concerns. We invite you to contact our office in Novato, CA to schedule a consultation today.