Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Procedure

It’s often said that “the eyes are the window to the soul.” As individuals, we communicate and convey emotion through our eyes. As a result, the eyelids are often the area where the effects of aging first become evident. These effects can make a person look tired or older than their actual age, and may even obstruct a person’s vision. The skin of the upper eyelid can thin and become excessive over time, while the lower eyelid skin can lose elasticity. Fat pouches become pronounced, causing bags beneath the eyes. There is a solution, however. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can mitigate these effects, helping a person look more rested and youthful.

At Moradi MD in San Diego, Dr. Amir Moradi utilizes blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, to bring about subtle rejuvenation to the eye area. With this treatment, patients can look and feel years younger. Interested patients are asked to contact Moradi MD to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more.

Blepharoplasty (Eye Surgery) Treatment Options

No two patients are the same. For this reason, Moradi MD offers multiple eyelid surgery treatment options at our San Diego practice.

Laser Treatment

Using modern laser technology, we can greatly improve the appearance of the eyelids with minimal downtime. In fact, this out-patient procedure is typically performed in our office under local anesthesia with sedation, rather than general anesthesia. With our laser, Dr. Moradi can precisely remove excess fat tissue from the eyelids to achieve the desired result. Our state-of-the-art laser is used to excise fat pads (the underlying cause of bags) to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance with little or no bruising or swelling.

For many patients, laser resurfacing alone can rejuvenate the eyelids if fat protrusion is not a problem. However, if necessary, traditional eyelid surgery can be used for a more dramatic change.

Traditional Treatment

In lower eyelid surgery, eyelid puffiness caused by excess fat is corrected by making an incision inside the lower eyelid. Through this incision, excess fatty material is removed. No external incision or scar is produced, and no alterations of the lid positions are necessary. Under normal conditions, blepharoplasty on the lower eyelid can be completed in as little as one to two hours.

In upper eyelid surgery, we do not make an incision on the inside of the eyelid. However, the appearance of scars are kept to a minimum by working along the natural folds of the eye. This, in effect, hides any resulting scarring from view. Once the incision is made, excess fat is removed or repositioned, and loose muscle and skin are then removed. The incisions are then closed.

Ideal Candidates for Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty can enhance a person’s forehead area and boost his or her self-confidence, but won’t entirely alter a patient’s appearance. Candidates for blepharoplasty must discuss their expectations during the consultation with Dr. Moradi.

Most candidates for eyelid surgery are 35 or older, though the surgery can be performed on younger patients who have inherited droopy, baggy eyelids. Candidates should be physically healthy. Those with vision problems, dry eyes or lack of sufficient tears, thyroid problems, or high blood pressure may be at higher risk of complications from eyelid surgery. Candidates should provide our staff with all recent medical records pertaining to your eyes during the initial consultation.

Features of ethnic or racial heritage cannot be erased, though they can be altered through blepharoplasty.

Potential Risks

Blepharoplasty, as performed by a qualified surgeon such as Dr. Moradi, is a safe procedure. However, as with all surgeries, there is a risk for complications. Complications associated with blepharoplasty can include:

  • Swelling, bruising or bleeding
  • Infection
  • Temporarily blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to sun or other bright light
  • Difficulty closing the eyes and eye dryness
  • Ectropion, an outward rolling of the eyelid which may require further surgery

Many complications are temporary and can be treated. Following all post-operative guidelines can also minimize risks.

Recovery

Patients usually have a short recovery time after blepharoplasty. Although bruising and swelling can be significant on the day after surgery, these side effects should begin to disappear quickly. During the first 48 hours, use of cool compresses can reduce bruising and swelling around the eyes and face. Light activity such as walking can also help speed healing. Thin bandages are sometimes placed over the incision sites and removed within several days. Most people return to normal activities within seven to 10 days following blepharoplasty. The majority of the bruising and swelling will fade within two weeks of the procedure.

Contact Moradi MD to Learn More

Blepharoplasty can dramatically improve the eyelids and subtly enhance a patient’s overall appearance. Patients interested in learning more about eyelid surgery are encouraged to contact Moradi MD for a courtesy consultation at our San Diego office. Dr. Moradi is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgeons, and has the experience and professional acumen to bring about improved results.