Your eyes are not only a window to your soul; they can also be a dead giveaway to your age. Do you want to look as good as you feel? Eyelid surgery, clinically known as blepharoplasty, is the surgical solution to droopy, puffy or abnormally shaped eyelids. If you’re seeking eyelid surgery in Mission Viejo or the surrounding Orange County areas, consult our Mission Viejo plastic surgery team at Tayani Institute for more information.
You may be a candidate for blepharoplasty if you have one or more of the following:
If you are considering eyelid surgery, you should be in good health and free of any conditions which could affect your healing, including eye conditions (e.g., glaucoma, dry eye) and certain types of thyroid disorders (e.g., Graves’ disease).
As a general rule, insurance does not cover cosmetic surgery. However, if your eyelids are encroaching on your field of vision, the procedure may be covered as “medically necessary” surgery. Prior to surgery we will evaluate the condition and health of your eyes and discuss your personal expectations. Together, a plan will be discussed regarding the surgical technique, amount of surgery, and type of anesthesia to be used.
When surgery is performed on your upper eyelids, our plastic surgeon will remove the excess skin, muscle, and fatty tissue that tend to accumulate in the inside corner of the eye, next to your nose. The incisions are made along the natural folds in your skin so that as they heal, they become difficult (if not impossible) to see with the passage of time.
When performed on your lower eyelids, providing there is not too much excess skin, our plastic surgeon will make the incision inside or behind your eyelid. This technique, called transconjunctival blepharoplasty, allows for the removal of fatty deposits and eliminates the need for an external incision. If there is excessive skin or muscle folds below the eye, an incision may also be made just below the eye. An incision may also be made just below the base of the eyelashes. As this incision heals, the small scar should also become barely visible.
After the procedure, you will need to have someone drive you home. Bruising and swelling are common after the surgery and are usually noticeable for a week to a month after the surgery, but may last longer in some cases. Cold compresses as well as head elevation will help reduce swelling and bruising and minimize discomfort. Postoperative discomfort is usually relatively mild, although this will vary from patient to patient. Most patients require little, if any, pain medication.
Our plastic surgeon usually removes stitches within five to 10 days after surgery; self-absorbing stitches will dissolve on their own. If you feel self-conscious about bruising, make-up or a pair of sunglasses may help you feel better when going out in public. Be sure to follow all postoperative instructions to speed healing and reduce the risks of incurring complications.
If you would like to learn more about upper and/or lower eyelid surgery, please contact our team at Tayani Institute. Our plastic surgeon can explain the surgery in greater detail and give you a better idea of what you can expect during a one-on-one consultation at our plastic surgery offices in San Clemente, Mission Viejo, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Big Bear and Arrowhead.