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What is blepharoplasty and why should I consider it?
Blepharoplasty is a specific cosmetic procedure that is used for repairing droopy eyelids. At the T.Y. Steven Ip Clinic in Newport Beach, blepharoplasty is done routinely as an outpatient procedure. To be able to restore the eyelids, excess skin and tissues will be removed. As a person ages the eyelids are stretched and the underlying muscles become weak. This results in excess fat gathering above the eyelids and causes the eyebrows to sag, or below the eyelids, which causes eye bags. The combined result of the fat accumulation and the drooping skin makes the patient look older and, in more severe cases, can already impair peripheral or side vision. Excessive drooping or sagging of the eyelids will also prevent the patient from being able to open their eyes completely and will cause the lower lids to be pulled down. In blepharoplasty, removing excess tissues from the upper and lower lids can cause a great improvement in vision as well as make the eyes appear younger and more alive.
Are there risks involved in blepharoplasty?
Risk occurs with all types of surgery and blepharoplasty is no exception. Possible risks of the surgery may include a temporary numbing on the skin, dry irritated eyes after the operation, temporary vision changes such as double vision right after the surgery, scarring, impaired eyelid function, or eye muscle injury. Discussing the risks with the doctor and weighing them against the benefits of blepharoplasty can help the patients decide whether this procedure is right for them.
What should I expect from blepharoplasty?
Local anesthesia will be administered to the patient to numb the area to be treated and to help the patient relax and facilitate the operation as well. If the procedure is to be done on both the upper and lower eyelids, the work will usually be done on the upper lid first. The surgeon will proceed to make the strategic incisions along the natural folds of the patient’s upper lids to be able to remove the excess fat, tissue, and some muscles beneath the skin. The incision will be closed by tiny stitches that will leave a barely noticeable scar. Work on the lower lid will begin next by making an incision right below the lashes or just inside the lower lid. The doctor will remove excess fat and skin as necessary and redistribute muscle tissues and the remaining fat as needed.
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What about recovery?
To protect the eyes from dryness after the surgery, a lubricating ointment will be prescribed by the doctor, and this may cause temporary blurred vision. The patient will also experience excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, temporary double vision, redness, puffiness, and numbness on the eyelids for several days. Is also normal to have bruising that is similar to having a “black eye” for at least a week after surgery. Cold compresses can help reduce the swelling in this case. Unnecessary strain, heavy lifting, and strenuous activities will not be allowed and patients will also be advised to avoid excessive sun exposure during this time.
If you have any questions, or if you want to learn more about eyelid surgery, please call Dr. Ip at (949) 548-0300. For a consultation, or to setup an appointment click here. Proudly serving Newport Beach and Beverly Hills.