If the aging process has led to changes in your eyelids, a procedure called blepharoplasty offers a solution. Mahsa A. Sohrab, MD, offers this surgical treatment as one of many services available to residents of Greenwich, CT. If you’d like to learn more about options for improving the shape of your eyelids, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that addresses excess skin and tissue in your eyelids. These changes are a common part of the aging process. Most men and women begin to notice eyelid changes as they move through middle age, and the condition gradually advances.
The most common reason to seek blepharoplasty is to achieve a more youthful and well-rested facial appearance. In some cases, however, eyelid changes get in the way of proper vision. In those instances, blepharoplasty may be covered by health insurance.
Dr. Sohrab performs more blepharoplasty procedures than any other type of cosmetic surgery. She also brings a wealth of advanced training and experience to the process, which is important. Eyelid surgery requires a delicate touch, and the anatomy of this area of the body allows for a very little margin of error.
The procedure is done in-office under local anesthesia. Light sedation is also an option if you are anxious about the process. Once you’re comfortable, Dr. Sohrab begins by making an incision in the natural crease of your upper eyelid. If the procedure is being performed on your lower lids, the incision can be placed in the natural crease under your eyes or the inside portion of your lower eyelid.
That allows her to remove any excess skin or fat deposits in the area. If needed, fat can be redistributed to create a more appealing eyelid contour.
Once she’s pleased with the shape of your eyelids, Dr. Sohrab closes the incision using special non-dissolving sutures. Antibiotic ointment and small bandages are applied as needed.
As your body adjusts to the surgery, you may experience bruising on both your upper and lower eyelids. Swelling is also normal and can be reduced by applying ice packs to the area for 20 minutes each hour in the first two days after your procedure.
Most men and women are able to manage any postsurgical discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication. Dr. Sohrab will discuss which options are best and will caution against using aspirin, which can make bleeding more likely. Artificial tears can provide optimal lubrication and help reduce eye irritation.
You’ll return to see Dr. Sohrab for a follow-up visit around a week after your procedure. During that appointment, she will check to ensure your body is healing, and she’ll remove your sutures.
If you’d like more information about blepharoplasty and other eyelid treatments, set up a time to sit down with Dr. Sohrab to learn more. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy life, or you are always welcome to call and check appointment availability.