If your eyelids have become so droopy that they interfere with your vision, you may benefit from a blepharoplasty. At Universal Vision Medical Center, Farnoosh Tinoosh, MD, can correct droopiness of your eyelids as well as sagging skin under your eyes. If you want to learn more about blepharoplasty and if it’s right for you, call the office in Costa Mesa, California, or schedule a consultation online today.
Blepharoplasty is the clinical term for eyelid surgery to remove extra skin or fatty deposits that are making your eyelids droopy. The procedure removes extra tissue from both your upper and lower eyelids, including puffy under-eye bags.
Although in many cases, it’s a cosmetic procedure that can help you look younger and more awake, you may also need to have the surgery if your droopy eyelids are impairing your vision or increasing your risk of eye infections. If it’s considered a medical necessity, it may be covered by insurance.
Blepharoplasty is a delicate procedure. You are completely sedated during your surgery to ensure your comfort. In most cases, the upper eyelids are treated first. Small incisions in the creases of your eyelids to remove the extra skin or fatty tissue.
If your eyelids cover your pupil, a ptosis procedure, which increases the support for your upper eyelid to prevent future sagging is done.
After closing the incision in your upper eyelid, the process is repeated on your lower eyelid. However, the incision along your lower lash line and removes, or redistributes, your fatty tissue and skin.
In most cases, blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure. You will spend some time in a recovery room while your anesthesia wears off. Your vision is checked before you are released home.
After your surgery, you may have temporarily blurred vision while any swelling subsides. You may also find that your eyes are more sensitive to light or watery than usual. These side effects usually subside within a few days as your skin heals.
You should use ice packs on your eyes for about 10 minutes every hour for the first night following your surgery. Dr. Tinoosh can give you medicated eye drops to facilitate healing and reduce your risk of infection.
You should wear eyeglasses instead of contacts following your surgery and take care to avoid rubbing your eyes. If you go outside, wear dark sunglasses to protect your eyelids from sunlight, dust, and wind.
If you’re interested in blepharoplasty, call Universal Vision Medical Center or schedule a consultation online today.