What Is Functional Upper Eyelid Surgery?
An individual can receive functional upper eyelid blepharoplasty to minimize and tighten excess eyelid skin, resulting in more natural-looking and youthful eyes. Functional upper eyelid surgery can help an individual raise the position of the upper eyelid, reducing or eliminating the appearance of a droopy eyelid.
Functional upper eyelid surgery may be necessary to eliminate loose skin from the upper eyelid. If upper eyelid skin droops low enough to impair a person’s vision, functional upper blepharoplasty may be performed to correct this problem.
Other conditions that may require functional upper eyelid surgery include:
- Excess folds of the upper eyelid skin that rub together to cause skin irritation
- Overused muscles that strain to lift sagging skin in the upper eyelid area, resulting in excess forehead discomfort
- Difficulty to wear glasses and/or contact lenses due to baggy upper eyelids
The eyelids are a very delicate and complex area of the face, so it is important to find a surgeon who is well experienced with this type of surgery.
Recovery from Functional Upper Eyelid Surgery
In most instances, functional upper eyelid surgery is performed with local anesthesia or a light sedative, it just depends on the extent of the surgery and the preference of the patient. It is administered on an outpatient basis, and a patient likely will be able to return home soon after the procedure is finished.
The initial recovery period for functional upper blepharoplasty lasts one to two weeks. Swelling and bruising may occur in the days after functional upper eyelid surgery, but these symptoms usually will disappear on their own. It can take four to six weeks for all of the swelling to subside.
An individual should be able to return to work within five to seven days of functional upper eyelid surgery. In addition, a person should be able to resume a regular exercise routine within two to three weeks of treatment.
What Is Upper Eyelid Ptosis?
Ptosis refers to drooping of the upper eyelid and causes the upper eyelid to partially cover the pupil. As such, an individual who experiences ptosis may appear tired and sleepy and suffer from impaired vision.
There are two common causes of ptosis:
- Involutional: Involves gradual stretching of the tissue that supports the upper eyelid.
- Muscular: Refers to ptosis caused by a weakened levator muscle, which raises the upper eyelid; both children and adults may experience muscular ptosis.
Furthermore, a person may develop a droopy upper eyelid after cataract surgery or other eye surgeries due to manipulation of the eyelid during a procedure. Stroke and other trauma also has been shown to cause ptosis.
What Is Upper Eyelid Ptosis Repair?
Upper eyelid ptosis repair is designed to correct ptosis by minimizing excess skin and fat in the upper eyelid.
Like functional upper eyelid surgery, upper eyelid ptosis repair often is performed by an facial plastic surgeon or oculoplastic surgeon. Upper eyelid ptosis surgery requires comprehensive expertise, and as a result, the procedure commonly is performed by surgeon who specializes in eyelid surgery.
Recovery from Upper Eyelid Ptosis Surgery
An upper eyelid ptosis repair patient may experience blurred vision in the days after surgery. The upper eyelid may be swollen, and an individual should try to keep the head elevated and use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
Also, the upper eyelid may be stiffer than normal following upper eyelid ptosis surgery. A patient may require lubricating ointment and/or drops for several weeks after treatment to manage upper eyelid dryness.
A patient will need to consult with a doctor at least one week after surgery to ensure the upper eyelid is properly lubricated. This individual should complete follow-up doctor appointments regularly until he or she can fully close the upper eyelid.
Are You a Candidate for an Upper Eyelid Treatment?
A person should meet with an eye doctor before meeting with Dr. Babak Azizzadeh to discuss functional upper eyelid surgery or upper eyelid ptosis repair. By doing so, an individual can learn about various eye surgeries and evaluate a variety of treatment options.