Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids. It entails the removal of excess skin and fat on the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can be performed strictly for cosmetic reasons or to correct vision impairment or other medical problems.
Anesthesia type: Local or general if combining with other procedures
Facility type: In-office surgery suite or outpatient surgery center if done under general
Recovery time: A few days up to 1 or 2 weeks depending on amount of bruising
What to expect during recovery: Bruising, mild swelling, some redness or itching along incision site.
Deciding to have eyelid surgery –
If you are considering upper or lower eyelid surgery, read through this section to become educated about the procedure, then call our office to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Hurvitz at his Long Beach, CA. office. During your visit, let Dr. Hurvitz know what bothers you about your eyes and what you would like to change. Dr. Hurvitz will examine your eyes, brow, temple and other facial features, followed by explaining how specific changes will enhance your appearance. He will also let you know if your expectations are realistic and achievable. During your consultation, Dr. Hurvitz will review your overall health and discuss with you the risks, recovery time, and costs involved with having a blepharoplasty. All of this information will help you decide whether having eyelid surgery is right for you. In some cases, severe eyelid hooding (sagging skin which droops over the eyelid) could be causing vision impairment. If this is the case, eyelid surgery may qualify for some health insurance reimbursement. Please discuss with Dr. Hurvitz or his staff to find out if your surgery could be deemed a medical necessity. Health insurance does not pay for procedures that are performed strictly for cosmetic reasons.
About upper and lower eyelid surgery –
Eyelid surgery, such as an upper and lower blepharoplasty, is fairly straight forward and relatively easy to recover from in comparison to other cosmetic procedures.
Whether you want to improve your appearance or have functional problems with your eyelids, eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the eyes and surrounding areas.
Eyelid surgery improves:
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision due to severe hooding
- Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Droopy lower eyelids that cause the lid to pull away from the eye
With modern advances, plastic surgeons such as Dr. Hurvitz can perform eyelid surgery under local anesthesia as an in-office procedure. General anesthesia is always available, however it is much easier to recover from a local anesthetic. It is also cost effective and carries less risk. If Dr. Hurvitz combines multiple procedures into one surgery, he may recommend general anesthesia.
General – Administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist in an outpatient surgical facility. Patient is put completely asleep. Usually groggy for several hours after surgery and may feel nauseous.
Local – Typically performed in-office. Patient is given a sedative to relax then the surgical site is injected with a local anesthetic to completely numb the area before surgery. This option is very similar to having dental work done that requires numbing of the area. Patient is coherent after surgery and rarely, if ever, gets sick afterwards.