If you have droopy eyelids that are affecting either your appearance or your vision, you may benefit from blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery. Omar Ozgur, MD, an ophthalmic plastic surgeon practicing in Mission Viejo, California, offers state-of-the-art blepharoplasty to remove excess skin that impairs your vision or detracts from your appearance. Call Dr. Ozgur or schedule a consultation online today to find out if eyelid surgery is right for you.
Blepharoplasty, commonly called an eye lift, is an operation that repairs droopy or baggy eyelids. The procedure lifts and tightens your upper and lower eyelids and may involve the removal of extra tissue.
Dr. Ozgur has extensive training and experience in performing blepharoplasty. He can restore your youthful appearance and remove any loose tissue that droops over your eye and blocks your vision.
As you age, your skin loses collagen and elastin, the fibers that keep your skin smooth and taut, so your skin begins to sag. This sign of aging is most apparent on the delicate skin around your eyes, including your eyelids. You may have droopy or baggy upper eyelids, or your lower eyelids may sag with excess skin.
In addition to the cosmetic purposes of blepharoplasty, baggy eyelids can also interfere with your vision. If your eyelids droop so severely that they cover your pupil, they block light from entering your eye and reduce your field of vision.
Before your surgery, you have a consultation with Dr. Ozgur. He talks to you about your medical history and provides physical and vision exams. He takes photos of your eyelids and gives you instructions on how to prepare for your blepharoplasty.
In most cases, blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure. You need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment as Dr. Ozgur provides a sedative that may leave you groggy or disoriented after your surgery.
After you’re prepared for surgery and the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Ozgur begins by making incisions along the folds of your upper eyelids. He removes excess tissue and closes the incision. He repeats the process on your lower eyelid.
If you’re having blepharoplasty because your eyelids cover your eyes, he may also perform ptosis surgery to add support to your eyebrow muscle and prevent future drooping.
Dr. Ozgur gives you personalized aftercare instructions, but in general, you can apply ice packs to reduce swelling for up to 10 minutes every hour. You should avoid rubbing your eyes or wearing contact lenses for about two weeks after your blepharoplasty.
If you’re interested in having blepharoplasty, call Dr. Ozgur or make an appointment online today.