16 Mar Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty for Increased Peripheral Vision
A popular Long Beach surgical procedure known as eyelid surgery (or blepharoplasty) is where excess tissue such as skin or fat is removed or strategically repositioned to create a more youthful, awake appearance around the eyes. In some instances (especially for the lower eyelids), fillers such as Juvéderm™, Restylane®, or liquid silicone can be used in lieu of surgery.
It is a common misconception that eyelid surgery is always optional. Although eyelid surgery is most often done as an elective procedure for common nuisances such as undereye bags or moderately loose skin, there are instances where performing this procedure is needed for functional reasons. It is true that lower eyelid blepharoplasty is almost always elective, but surgery for the upper eyelid can be both cosmetic and functional.
One instance of this is when a loss of peripheral vision is involved. Excess upper eyelid skin can sometimes bulge over the eyelashes and partially block peripheral vision. Decreased peripheral vision can cause difficulties with everyday tasks like driving, reading, using the computer, or watching TV. Opting for upper eyelid surgery is a necessity for the life of those affected to get back to normal.
Luckily, upper eyelid surgery is a quick, safe procedure that causes minimal scarring and very little downtime (a day or 2 at the most) – unlike other more invasive plastic surgery procedures like breast augmentation. Reading, driving, watching TV, and computer use can be resumed after 2 or 3 days. Stitches are usually removed 2 days post-op. Patients remain awake and alert during the procedure and all attempts are made to keep him or her comfortable throughout the process.
External eyelid incisions are typically made along the creases of the upper lids in the case of upper eyelid blepharoplasty, to blend with the natural creasing of the eye and remain virtually undetectable. The procedure itself normally takes between 1 to 3 hours and swelling tends to satisfactorily subside within 1 to 2 weeks. It may be a few weeks before optimal results are seen, so it is best to remain patient after the procedure. Peripheral vision may continue to improve over the course of a few weeks as swelling begins to totally subside.
Several things can influence the final outcome of a blepharoplasty procedure. For example, the physical anatomy of the eyelids can affect the results. The condition the patient’s skin is in as well as age and nearby tissue can play a role in the outcome as well.