At the Eyelid Surgery Center of Excellence, our goal is to make you an active part of the treatment process. Eyelid surgery encompasses a variety of procedures and conditions, and we think it is important for our patients to understand the terms being used and the treatments available. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you have or to schedule a consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a blepharoplasty and what can it be used to treat?
A: Blepharoplasty is the medical term for eyelid surgery. It’s a procedure that removes fat, muscle, or excess skin from the eyelids. It can be used to treat a broad variety of conditions, including drooping eyelids, bags, narrowed eyes, and impaired vision.
Q: How do I know if I’m a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
A: You are a good candidate for eyelid surgery if you have one of the problems treated by the surgery. These include, drooping eyelids, excess or loose skin around the eyes, puffy eyes, bags, and dark circles. A consultation with your doctor can help you determine if you fit these categories or not.
Q: What are the risks of undergoing eyelid surgery?
A: As with any surgery there is always the potential for complications. Every patient should discuss these risks individually with their doctor. Some of the potential complications include infection, changes in sensation, scarring, hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin), allergic reaction, need for revisions or additional procedures, and damage to the underlying structures.
Q: How is eyelid surgery performed?
A: This depends on the particular technique your surgeon recommends. The best way to determine what surgery is right for you and what it will entail is to schedule a consultation with an eyelid specialist.
Q: What are the benefits of blepharoplasty?
A: In addition to correcting vision problems or other eyelid malposition issues, blepharoplasty can also give the patient a younger, more alert look.
Q: How long will the results of my eyelid surgery last?
A: In most cases the results are long lasting. But as you age, the skin may slowly revert to the way it was before the surgery. In this case, a revision can be done.
Q: What is ptosis and what causes it?
A: Ptosis refers to a condition in which the upper eyelid droops downward. In severe ptosis, the eyelid can cover part of the pupil and block vision for the patient. One cause of ptosis is a congenital defect that results in poorly developed muscle. Another, more common cause is age-related fatigue of the muscles that raise the eyelids.
Q: How common is eyelid cancer? What are the risk factors?
A: Eyelid cancer is actually more common than most people think. Because the eyelids are one of the areas on our bodies most frequently exposed to the sun, it is a relatively common form of skin cancer. The main risk factor for eyelid cancer is exposure to the sun. There are also a variety of genetic risks, including having light-colored eyes, a fair complexion, blond or red hair, a tendency to burn, and a family history of skin cancer.
Q: What are the dangers of leaving eyelid conditions untreated?
A: The primary dangers of living with eyelid conditions such as ectropion, entropion, or eyelid paralysis is the potential for irritation and damage to the cornea. The cornea is the part of the eye that covers the iris and pupil. Abrasions or ulcers on the cornea can lead to permanent vision loss. Patients may also experience symptoms such as pain and irritation, excessive tearing, a feeling of something in the eyes, and overexposure of the eye.
Q: Is eyelid surgery common?
A: Eyelid surgery is actually among the top cosmetic procedures in the United States, with an estimated 240,000 procedures performed each year.
Q: Will there be visible scars after my eyelid surgery procedure?
A: For cosmetic procedures there should be no visible scars. The incisions are either hidden in the natural eyelid crease or behind the eyelashes.
Contact a Los Angeles Eyelid Surgery Expert
Are you experiencing trouble with your eyelids? Does it affect your vision or impede your ability to close your eyes? Don’t take risks with your sight. Contact the Eyelid Reconstruction Center of Excellence today to set up a consultation with one of our eyelid experts. You can reach us at (888) 384-0981 or fill out our online form.
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