Dr. Kobienia discusses the blepharoplasty procedure and how it can correct drooping eyelids. Occasionally, drooping eyelids can cause visual problems. Drooping eyelids happen as a natural part of the aging process.
Blepharoplasty or an eyelift is a procedure where we remove the redundant skin that develops over the upper eyelid, and this happens naturally through normal aging. It also happens as a byproduct of natural dropping or drooping of the forehead.
Occasionally, this is bad enough where it actually can interfere with peripheral vision. And when this happens and it's documentable, some insurance companies will pay for this procedure to be done.
It's a relatively simple, hour long procedure. It can be done under local anesthetic, although most patients tend to like to have a little sedation, given that we're working near the eyes. The recovery is minimal in terms of pain. Most people just take Tylenol or Motrin. How long you're out of work or social activities is primarily related to how bruised you get. You can aid in your recovery by staying off of medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E. Anything that would help you minimize bruising will get you back into doing normal things the quickest.
The lower eyelids are also called a blepharoplasty, and those are done primarily for when you have bags under the eyes. That makes you look very tired, and as you well know, if you're salt intake the night before is high, you'll wake up much puffier in the lower eyelid region, and it makes you look much more tired than you feel. So, in that procedure, we're making an incision underneath the eyelashes or in the eyelid itself, removing the herniated fat and then closing it back up. We get rid of that bulge, and then you don't have the shadow there any longer. It makes you look much younger and much more well-rested.