Upper Eyelid Surgery
The natural aging process involves the loss of skin elasticity and volume, which can result in droopy skin. While this can affect many areas of the body, sagging eyelids are especially common. An upper eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can remove excess skin tissue, muscle, and fat around the eyes, giving your face a rejuvenated appearance. This treatment is typically covered by insurance if your upper eyelids impair your vision. At our Bethesda, MD, practice, Dr. Roger J. Oldham can work with your insurance company to maximize your coverage.
Who is a Candidate?
Most blepharoplasty candidates are over the age of 35, but the procedure can be performed on virtually anyone with excess skin or fat around their eyes. You may be eligible for upper eyelid surgery if you have:
- Excess upper eyelid tissue
- Puffy upper eyelids
- Loose muscles around the eyes
- Loose skin folds
- Droopy skin that impairs vision
In general, candidates should be in good overall health, and should not have any medical conditions that would make surgery a potential risk. Additionally, individuals should have a full understanding of the surgical process and realistic expectations of treatment.
Benefits of Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery offers a number of cosmetic and functional benefits. This procedure can enhance the overall appearance of the eyes, giving patients a more refreshed, youthful look. Individuals who undergo this procedure often take more confidence in themselves and their appearance afterward.
With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Oldham has the skill and knowledge necessary to deliver optimal results.
As aforementioned, blepharoplasty can be performed out of medical necessity, as well. If the sagging skin in the upper eyelid area obscures your vision, blepharoplasty can remove the problematic tissue and restore proper eyesight. A visual acuity test can be helpful when negotiating with insurance providers about coverage. If necessary, Dr. Oldham can help you with this process.
Blepharoplasty Treatment Process
Because each patient is unique, the surgical technique may vary slightly depending on the individual. However, the general steps usually include:
- Anesthesia: To begin your blepharoplasty procedure, Dr. Oldham administers local anesthesia for your comfort. Other sedation options can be discussed with you in detail during your initial consultation.
- Incisions: Once you are comfortable, a small incision is created in the natural crease of the eyelid. This strategic placement will help minimize post-surgical scarring.
- Tissue removal: After exposing the underlying structures, Dr. Oldham carefully trims away excess tissue and removes stubborn fat deposits.
- Tightening of the muscles: In many cases, the underlying muscles are tightened, as well.
- Stitches: Once the desired goal has been achieved, the incisions are closed with surgical sutures to promote healing.
Once the procedure is complete and you have received your post-surgical instructions, you can leave the surgical facility. We recommend that patients go directly home and rest as much as possible.
Recovery after Upper Eyelid Surgery
Immediately following upper eyelid surgery, patients can expect several temporary side effects. These may include:
- Blurred vision
- A “tight” or “stretched” sensation
In most cases, these side effects begin to diminish within the first few days. However, seven to 10 days of downtime is often necessary to prevent complications. To encourage a speedy recovery, patients should avoid watching television, using a computer, reading, or wearing contact lenses for the first two to three days. In addition, patients should steer clear of strenuous exercise, bending over, or lifting heavy objects until instructed otherwise. Discomfort can be mitigated with over-the-counter pain relievers and Dr. Oldham can provide ointment to alleviate the dryness.
Shave Years off Your Look
If your confidence or quality of life is suffering due to excess skin around the eyes, then upper eyelid surgery could be the solution for you. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Oldham has the skill and knowledge necessary to deliver optimal results. To schedule a consultation at our practice, call us at (301) 530-6100 or contact us online.