Eyelid skin is normally smooth, but with time the eyelid tissue stretches and the muscles weaken. This can leave eyelids looking puffy. Patients often notice that they appear angry or tired. An outpatient eyelid blepharoplasty (eye lift) can address these issues and help to restore a more youthful, rested appearance.
Ptosis (“toe-sis”) may be present along with excess skin of the upper eyelids. Ptosis is the medical term for drooping of the upper eyelids. Patients often note that their eyes look partially closed even when they are fully awake. It is important to have an evaluation with an Oculoplastic surgeon to ensure you do not have an underlying ptosis. If this is not addressed during the time of blepharoplasty, the lids will continue to have a “tired” appearance. Ptosis can be corrected at the time of blepharoplasty to give the patient the optimal outcome.
During an upper lid blepharoplasty, the incision is marked along the contour of the eyelid crease. Dr. Hui takes great care to mark the eyelid crease in a precise location in order to mask the incision site within the upper eyelid fold. Excess skin is then removed, and the incision is closed with fine sutures.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty may be covered by your insurance plan if it is of sufficient severity. A short office evaluation consisting of examination, visual field testing and photography are needed to determine if this is possible.
Recovery: Blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis. For the first few days after the procedure Dr. Hui will ask that you apply ice packs and cool compresses to minimize the swelling. Most patients experience minimal discomfort and are able to return to their normal routine in approximately 1 week. Dr. Hui also asks that you protect the eyelids from the sun for 3 months after the procedure to achieve the optimal outcome.
Contact Dr. Hui at 760.610.2677 to learn more about blepharoplasty surgery for drooping eyelids and eyelid bags.