One of the hallmark signs of aging is the gradual drooping of your eyelids. Besides making you look older, drooping lids can significantly affect your sight by decreasing your peripheral vision. At Ventura Eye Institute in Camarillo, California, the practice specializes in blepharoplasty, or eyelid-lifting surgery. A blepharoplasty can restore your peripheral vision and improve your appearance, allowing you to drive with confidence again. If you’ve noticed that your eyelids are becoming baggy with age, call or schedule an appointment online with Ventura Eye Institute to find out if you qualify for a blepharoplasty surgery. Ventura Eye Institute serves patients in the following surrounding areas: Ventura, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, and the greater Ventura County.
A blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, is a type of surgery that involves changing the shape of your upper or lower eyelids. It can be used to make a cosmetic change only or to improve your vision, as droopy eyelids can impede your vision.
Before your blepharoplasty, your provider will inject a numbing medication into your eyelids. He will also give you an intravenous medication that will allow you to relax while he performs the procedure.
Next, your provider will cut along the fold of your eyelid and remove excess skin or tissue that makes it look wrinkled and droopy. Then, he’ll close the incision. If you need surgery on both your upper and lower lids, the upper will come first. He may also perform a procedure to lift your eyebrow muscle to help correct the sagging. Furthermore, he may perform a procedure to resurface the skin that has been treated to reduce scarring caused by the surgery.
After the procedure is finished, you’ll spend some time in the office recovering while your provider monitors you for any complications. You’ll be able to leave the office the same day with a recovery plan to follow at home. You may need to come back to the office in a few days so your provider can remove any stitches.
Like any surgery, blepharoplasty can have risks. Possible risks include:
Before committing to a blepharoplasty, your provider will discuss the risks with you so you can make an informed decision. He will answer any questions you have about the likelihood of these risks affecting you and how you can best prepare for the surgery.
If your baggy eyelids affect your vision, your insurance may cover the costs of the procedure. If it’s for cosmetic reasons, you should discuss the procedure with your provider to see if it’s right for your budget and needs.
If you’re in need of an eyelid lift, blepharoplasty may be a good option for you. Call or schedule an appointment online with Ventura Eye Institute today to see if you’re a good candidate.