Blepharoplasty Orange County Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to rejuvenate the eyes by removing excess skin or fat and by repositioning and reinforcing surrounding tendons. Blepharoplasty can be both a functional and cosmetic surgery. Your surgeon at Orange County Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach will utilize the latest, most innovative techniques with years of experience to produce visually stunning results.
The following information has been prepared to familiarize you with facts about the surgical procedure known asblepharoplasty. You are requested to read this information thoroughly and to discuss any questions, which might arise, with your surgeon before you proceed with the surgical procedure known as blepharoplasty. You are also requested to keep this form as a reference for instructions in the post-operative period.
Blepharoplasty is designed to remove excess skin and bagginess, or to rearrange the fatty deposits, to give the eyes a more youthful appearance.
It must be understood that most of the wrinkles around the eyes are etched into the skin and cannot be removed by a blepharoplasty procedure, without the addition of a skin wrinkle treatment.
You may visit your surgeon as many times as you wish to have all of your blepharoplasty questions answered. At your final preoperative visit, your final blepharoplasty questions will be answered and you will confirm that you have understood the procedure to be performed, that this material has been explained to you, that you have read and understand these information sheets, and that you accept the risks by signing the informed consent forms. You will be given prescriptions for pain and anti-nausea medication and instructions for their use.
As with all other elective procedures, the patient should avoid ibuprofen (Advil®), all Aspirin® products multi-vitamin preparations is not harmful), and all anti-inflammatory products for two weeks before blepharoplasty surgery, as these inhibit the clotting mechanism, increase your chances of unnecessary operative bleeding and subsequent bruising. All blepharoplasty patients will be asked to stop smoking at least a month prior to blepharoplasty surgery in an effort to maximize your body's ability to heal the incisions following the blepharoplasty operation.
The blepharoplasty operation is performed using local anesthetics with intravenous medications, or under a light general anesthetic, to make you comfortable throughout the blepharoplasty procedure. The anesthesiologist will administer the medications and monitor you to ensure your safety and comfort.
The blepharoplasty incisions are placed in the normal skin folds of the upper lids, and or beneath the eyelashes of the lower lids or just inside the lower eyelid. Because incisions are placed in natural skin creases and such creases are not symmetrical from one side to the other, each patient’s blepharoplasty incisions will look significantly different during the healing phase. The approximate operating time is two hours for four eyelids. The delicate sutures are removed five to six days post-operatively. In most instances, these scars will be difficult to see after healing has occurred.
All external incision should be cleansed with peroxide on a Q-Tip and a light layer of Vaseline applied four times per day. Patients can expect bruising and swelling of the face, especially if combined with an eyelid procedure. The discoloration will be most noticeable on the second and third days, and diminishes anywhere from one to six weeks after surgery, depending on ancillary procedures performed at the same sitting. Most patients who only have a midface lift, with perhaps light makeup, can resume everyday tasks approximately three to four days after surgery. Bruising and distortion will be minimal with a thread lift of the neck, and many patients can return to work or their normal social routines within a few days.
All surgical procedures entail some degree of risk. It is unethical for any doctor to guarantee a favorable result from the operation you are considering. We can only promise to do our best for each individual patient. Complications and bad results from this operation are uncommon, but they do sometimes occur.
It is possible that this blepharoplasty operation will not improve your appearance or help the function of your eyelids as much as you had expected. It is even remotely possible that your appearance and the function of your eyelids will be worse after the blepharoplasty operation than preoperatively.
The surgical scars are permanent; however, the incisions are placed so that they are barely discernable on normal visual observation, barring complications. If this problem occurs, treatment by excision or steroid injections may be indicated, but it may be impossible to improve an unsightly scar.
The wearing of makeup may be resumed a day after suture removal. Our office staff located in Orange County Newport Beach, will not only be able to assist you with makeup application to help hide bruising and incisions, but will also give you guidance regarding skin care as you are healing and thereafter.
Vigorous activity should be limited for a week or two after the blepharoplasty operation, basically until all bruising and swelling have subsided. All other activities can be undertaken as your bruises subside and you feel comfortable with your appearance.
All fees will be discussed freely in advance by the office staff. Financing may be arranged if desired. Occasionally, in cases demonstrating severe “hooding” due to excess upper eyelid skin, which causes visual impairment, a small portion of the fee may be covered by your insurance carrier. In some instances, it may be possible to verify the amount covered by your insurance carrier in advance; the office staff can assist you in making this determination, but cannot guarantee a level of payment. The office staff will provide you with the necessary information to submit to your insurance carrier. Your insurance company may cover a part of the fee if the operation is designed to correct a deformity caused visual field obstruction. Payment of all fees, however, is the patient's responsibility; all fees are due prior to surgery and the proceeds of the insurance check will go to you when the check arrives (minus a 6% billing fee if you chose to use our billing service). If requested, the office staff will assist you with forms, but recovery of any insurance benefits is between you and your insurance company. Insurance companies never pay for the entire fee and never pay for eyelid operations which are solely designed to improve your appearance.