Youthful Eyelid

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Youthful eyelid surgery is a procedure to restore a radiant appearance by correcting signs of aging that affect the eyelids.

Restore Your Youthful Glow

Have you ever been asked why you look so tired even after a good night’s sleep? Your eyes convey meaning, either intentionally or unintentionally. You don’t want your eyes to say something you don’t intend. Time takes a toll on the contours of our faces, and the eyelids are no exception. Droopy eyelids, bags under the eyelids, and puffy eyelids can all impair your youthful vision of yourself. We can’t hide the effects of aging in the eyes behind sunglasses 24/7. Youthful eyelid surgery can restore that spry mien you crave.

Dr. Kenneth Kim earned a reputation as a master of eyelid surgery. His depth and breadth of experience place him as one of the world’s most renowned eyelid surgeons. With a focus on the particular anatomy of Asian eyelids, Dr. Kim understands the intricate nuances required to craft youthful eyelids. You wouldn’t want a mechanic who has only worked on 1950s pick-up trucks to try to fix a tricky problem with a modern turbine-powered helicopter. If you’re looking for eyelid surgery, you want to place yourself in the care of a verified specialist.

Dr. Kenneth Kim earned a reputation as a master of eyelid surgery. His depth and breadth of experience place him as one of the world’s most renowned eyelid surgeons. With a focus on the particular anatomy of Asian eyelids, Dr. Kim understands the intricate nuances required to craft youthful eyelids. You wouldn’t want a mechanic who has only worked on 1950s pick-up trucks to try to fix a tricky problem with a modern turbine-powered helicopter. If you’re looking for eyelid surgery, you want to place yourself in the care of a verified specialist. Dr. Kim is an innovator of leading techniques for eyelid surgery and Asian eyelid surgery.[1][2] Start a conversation with Dr. Kim today by calling 213-700-4297 and his knowledgeable staff can help you schedule a consultation.  

Youthful Eyelid Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA

The “youthful” lower eyelid is the full lower eyelid found in a handful of young Asian women. Called aegyosal in Korean, the word translates to “affectionate and cute skin.” Most apparent when one smiles, the full lower eyelid will nudge the eye toward an inviting crescent-moon shape. A youthful eyelid will induce warmth in your facial expressions and inject hints of the innocence of youth. 

What does youthful eyelid surgery do?

Youthful eyelid surgery will restore vitality to the eyes of a patient who suffers from a loss of elasticity in their lower eyelid muscles. It is also suitable for those who have lost the youthful lower eyelid due to aging.

As we age, our collagen and elastin production decreases. You can think of collagen and elastin as the infrastructure of your face. These two compounds contribute to a youthful appearance by keeping our faces smooth, tight, and full of volume. With diminished collagen and elastin, our faces can show many signs of aging. Fat deposits can form under the eyes giving it a puffy or ‘bags under the eyes’ look. Drooping skin can cause our eyelids to droop and produce a perpetually tired appearance. 

The procedure can be especially appropriate for patients who have bulging eye sockets, as it balances an overly protruding upper eyelid. Together with successful double eyelid surgery, a youthful lower eyelid can dramatically enhance the demeanor of the patient.

Am I a Candidate for Youthful Eyelid Surgery?

There are several obstacles to youthful eyelids. Ideal candidates for youthful eyelid surgery are patients who maintain good health, do not smoke, and possess realistic expectations. It’s important to note that eyelid surgery cannot correct “crow’s feet”. Correcting crow’s feet requires different measures.

Conditions That Youthful Eyelid Surgery Can Resolve

  • Droopy lower eyelids
  • Bulging eye sockets
  • Bags underneath the eyes
  • Excessive skin on the lower eyelid

Benefits

  • Restore a vibrant, youthful appearance
  • Can improve vision 
  • Can brighten the pupils
  • Eliminate a persistent ‘tired’ look
  • Balance the upper and lower eyelids
  • Combines well with double-eyelid surgery

Your Private Consultation with Dr. Kim

Dr. Kim believes in honest and open communication. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kim will go over all your options and devise a plan of action suited to your specific situation. With such a sensitive area as your eyes, you want to be able to trust your face to a surgeon with extensive experience and knowledge. As a foremost expert on eyelid surgery, Dr. Kim has presented at conferences of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). For the ASPS, he serves as the Chairman of the Upper Blepharoplasty and Visual Field Loss Guidelines Task Force. Scientific journals also published his work on refining techniques for double eyelid surgery.[3][4] Dr. Kim specializes in the artistic science of restoring a youthful appearance to eyes from ethnicities from around the world. He’s a leading expert on double-eyelid surgery and Asian eyelid surgery. Asian eyelid anatomy might pose a daunting challenge to some doctors without the requisite knowledge and experience. Dr. Kim, on the other hand, can skillfully revive a youthful appearance to Asian eyelids. Begin a dialogue with Dr. Kim and discuss all your concerns and goals. We love hearing from new patients at 213-700-4297.

Dr. Kim, on the other hand, can skillfully revive a youthful appearance to Asian eyelids. Begin a dialogue with Dr. Kim and discuss all your concerns and goals. We love hearing from new patients at 213-700-4297.

Preparation

It’s most important to refrain from using temporary solutions such as eyelid tape in the days leading up to eyelid surgery. You should also refrain from taking Aspirin, ibuprofen, and certain medications for at least two weeks before your scheduled surgery. Discuss any additional medication you are taking with Dr. Kim during your initial consultation. 

Read more about our complete set of instructions, including all the medications that should be avoided before surgery. 

Types of Eyelid Procedures to Restore a Youthful Look

A youthful lower eyelid can be produced with a fat graft injection, filler injection, and lower complex blepharoplasty.

Filler Injections

Dermal fillers can accomplish youthful lower eyelid fullness. Among all filler options, we prefer Restylane® for this procedure. The composition of Restylane® is ideal for this procedure because it results in less tissue spread than its competitors. 

Filler injections take approximately 10 minutes to complete. 

Fillers can be injected right underneath the eye until a 3mm fullness width is achieved. There is close to no recovery time. One can typically resume their normal schedule immediately after the procedure. One drawback to creating youthful lower eyelid fullness with just the use of filler is that the results can appear overdone and unnatural. To get natural-looking results using this technique, the surgeon must be very skilled and knowledgeable about the intricacies of this procedure. Results typically last up to two years.

Fat Graft Injections

Fat grafting is a great way to create youthful lower eyelid fullness with long-lasting and enduring results. Fat grafting means transferring a patient’s own fat tissue to different areas of the face and/or body to create more volume. The surgeon harvests fat from areas of the body such as the abdomen, thigh, or hip area and then purifies it for reinjection. After this cleansing process, the fat can be injected into the eyelid. A downside to fat grafting is that your body tends to reabsorb 30 to 50% of the injected fat. As a result, fat grafting may potentially require repeated treatments. There also may be a few days to weeks of post-operative swelling and bruising.

Lower Complex Blepharoplasty

This procedure will simultaneously create youthful eyelids through fat transposition, muscle release, and muscle suspension. Dr. Kim can use the same incision site he recommends for a complex lower blepharoplasty. Here, he creates fullness in the lower eyelid by returning the orbicularis oculi muscle to its original position. The advantage of this method is that the surgeon is using the patient’s own muscle to best mimic the natural youthful lower eyelid fullness.

Recovery

Patients can expect some after-effects with eyelid surgery: watery eyes, sensitivity to light, and some minor discomfort. It’s best to avoid smoking and/or rubbing your eyes following the procedure. Don’t use contact lenses for two weeks, and wear sunglasses when outdoors. It typically takes 2 weeks to completely recover from eyelid surgery. Make sure to follow any additional instructions from Dr. Kim. Don’t hesitate to call the office at 213-700-4297 if you have any questions during your recovery.

Results

Eyelid surgery shows proven results. Dr. Kim continues to publish in peer-review medical journals about powerful new techniques in double-eyelid surgery and Asian eyelid surgery.[5] Examine our before and after photos. Find out why Dr. Kim’s eyelid surgery patients enthusiastically praise his technique and surgical philosophy.

“Now when I go to photoshoots I look so much more photogenic!! I am very happy with my whole experience with Dr. Kim. He’s truly a super-specialist in double eyelid surgery because all my friends are blown away as well! Not only is he a highly skilled perfectionist in the operating room but he genuinely cares about his patients.” – Jamie K, Santa Monica

What is the Cost of Eyelid Surgery in Los Angeles?

Eyelid surgery is a highly individualized procedure tailored around your anatomy and your goals. Some patients might benefit from double-eyelid surgery while Asian patients might wish to have specialized Asian eyelid surgery. After a thorough consultation about your goals and anatomy, Dr. Kim can provide you with clear pricing tailored to your specific needs.

FAQ

Can Asian eyelid surgery make me look younger?

Yes. The eyes are one of the biggest indicators of age. Surgery on the eyelids can refresh your appearance and achieve a more youthful look.  

Will scars be noticeable after youthful eyelid surgery?

They shouldn’t be noticeable. Experienced surgeons will place incisions strategically so the scars are subtly hidden in the natural creases of your eyelid. Double-eyelid surgery naturally hides the creases very effectively.

Will I look natural after eyelid surgery?

Yes, with an experienced surgeon your eyelid surgery will look perfectly natural. Dr. Kim focuses on crafting a natural look that matches your face and desired outcome. Some doctors might overcompensate. This can result in creating a “deer in the headlights” look with the eyes too wide open.

Dr. Kim knows the sweet spot in eyelid surgery that balances a natural look with a youthful glow. For a preview of what your youthful eyelid surgery might look like, listen to Dr. Kim’s patients who praise his skill at rejuvenating the eyes. 

References 

  1. Cho I.C., Kang J.H., Kim K.K. (2012). Correcting upper eyelid retraction by means of pretarsal levator lengthening for complications following ptosis surgery. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 130(1):73-81. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3182547f7a.
  2. Byun J.S., Hwang K., Lee S.Y., Kim H.T., Kim K.K. (2017). Levator Aponeurosis and Muller Muscle Plication Reinforced With Levator Sheath Advancement for Blepharoptosis Correction. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 28(7):1849-1851. doi:10.1097/SCS.0000000000003815
  3. Kim, H. S., Hwang, K., Kim, C. K., & Kim, K. K. (2013). Double-eyelid surgery using septoaponeurosis junctional thickening results in dynamic fold in Asians. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. Global open, 1(2), 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1097/GOX.0b013e318293dc69 
  4. Kim K.K., Kim WS, Oh SK, Kim HS. (2017). High Double Eyelid Fold Correction Using Wide Dual-Plane Dissection. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 78(4):365-370. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000000905
  5. Kim, H.S., Kim, K.K. (2020). Subbrow Lift Using Frontalis Sling to Correct Lateral Orbital Laxity. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00266-020-01879-9