Aging and the eyelids
As we age, our skin loses elasticity, becoming loose and less supple. Excess skin in the upper eyelids reveal this aging process, contributing to a tired and worn out appearance. With excessive skin in the upper eyelid, a “hooding” effect of skin hanging over the eyelashes may obstruct peripheral vision and cause chronic irritation. Fortunately, upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a minimally invasive and effective method to restore a more youthful and rested look.
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure that removes the excess skin of your upper eyelids. Patients notice improvement in their ability to see peripherally, feel less fatigue and appear more alert.
Diagnosis and Testing
The presence of excess upper eyelid skin and the need for blepharoplasty will be determined during the office examination. This procedure may be covered by your health insurance. Certain diagnostic tests are required such as visual fields and external photographs to obtain approval for insurance coverage. The tear film is also evaluated as this procedure may worsen Dry Eye.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is normally performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia with sedation, or “twilight”. This is administered by an anesthesiologist with the benefit of greater comfort and fast recovery.
You will go home the same day as the procedure. There is minimal pain after the procedure, although some discomfort is expected usually due to swelling. Temporary blurred vision is normal. Ice packs are recommended the first 24 hours. Bending and heavy lifting should be minimized.
Swelling and bruising around the eyes lasts for one to two weeks. You will be asked to stop aspirin and other blood thinners prior to surgery to minimize bruising and prevent excess bleeding during the operation. Most patients can return to work after one week.
Eyelid tissue tends to heal very well with little scarring. Since the incision is made in the crease of the eyelid, any residual scar is naturally hidden.
At LOC, we have been performing Blepharoplasty surgery for years. You can rely upon our expertise in letting you know whether or not you are a candidate for this procedure.