Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) In Orange County

Regain a youthful, energetic look with a simple surgical procedure – lower and upper eyelid lift. Dr. Furze is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon, with extensive training in blepharoplasty. He operates with extreme precision in this delicate area to deliver patients a beautiful and youthful appearance.

Why Do You Need Eyelid Surgery?

Many of our female and male patients notice that the skin around their eyelids and eyes begins to sag as they get older. People around them feel they are always angry, sad or tired looking. As part of the aging process, the eyelids stretch as the muscles around them begin to weaken. Fat may gather above or below the eyebrows causing pronounced under eye bags, droopy eyebrows, and sagging upper eyelids. In some individuals, peripheral vision is affected.

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a facial plastic surgery procedure that is designed to correct the signs of aging above and under the eyes. Dr. Furze, who recently won the 2017 Orange County Medical Association Physician of Excellence, provides patients with a more youthful, refreshed appearance while helping improve vision problems. After blepharoplasty, patients feel they look more alert and “awake.”


Goals of Blepharoplasty

When Dr. Furze performs blepharoplasty, his goal is to improve the aesthetics of the eye and improve vision, while preserving the critical function of the eyelids. The eyelids are very sensitive structures that are controlled by a complex muscle and nerve system. Dr. Furze has trained extensively in blepharoplasty and is able to operate carefully and precisely in this delicate area.

Ideal Candidates for Blepharoplasty

Candidates for blepharoplasty must be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved through surgery. Candidates for blepharoplasty will have one more of the following concerns:

  • Droopy or saggy eyelids that prevent the individual from opening his/her eyes completely
  • Excess skin on upper eyelids that may interfere with vision
  • Pronounced bags under the eyes
  • Excess skin on lower eyelids
  • Droopy lower lids (this may cause the whites of the eyes to show beneath the iris)

Patients must also be able to cope with the demands of surgery and the recovery process. Many patients choose to combine blepharoplasty with another facial surgery, such as a facelift or brow lift.

Dr. Furze’s Eyelid Surgery Technique

Dr. Furze typically performs blepharoplasty at his outpatient clinic using local anesthetic and intravenous medications. It typically takes less than two hours to perform the entire surgery. An important consideration during blepharoplasty is how the underlying tissues, fat, and muscles are accessed. Dr. Furze takes great care when making cuts on the eyelids to ensure that the incision will not be apparent once it. Once the eyelids have healed, the incisions are rarely visible to the casual observer.

When surgery is performed on both the upper and lower eyelids, Dr. Furze typically operates on the upper lids first. He begins by carefully making an incision along the natural crease of the eyelid and then removes excess skin, muscle, and/or fat to achieve the desired effect. He then closes the incision and begins working on the lower lids. Incisions may be made on the lower lids under the lashes in a natural crease or inside of the lower lid. Again, he removes excess skin, fat, and/or muscle and then sutures the incision closed.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery Process

After surgery, you will remain in the outpatient clinic until Dr. Furze decides that you are well enough to return home. Most patients are able to leave within a few hours. Patients must arrange transport home ahead of time as they will not be able to drive after surgery.

Most patients experience mild to moderate discomfort for up to 3 days following blepharoplasty. This can be managed with pain medications and cold compresses. You can expect swelling and bruising to last up to two weeks following surgery. Swelling and bruising will dissipate much quicker (within 5 days) in patients who only had skin removed during their blepharoplasty. Most patients are able to return to work after 5 days and use makeup to conceal any redness or bruising. Within 2 – 3 weeks, you should be able to go makeup free. Exercise and other strenuous activities can be resumed after 3 weeks. The final results of your surgery will be apparent within 1 – 2 months after surgery.

To speed your recovery, we recommend the following:

  • Keep your head elevated for the first few days after surgery, especially during the night.
  • Use cold compresses at regular intervals for 1 – 3 days following surgery.
  • Avoid excessive blinking as this is known to increase swelling.
  • Don’t drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes, which can hinder the recovery process.
  • Avoid prolonged periods of reading, watching TV, using the computer, and other activities that can dry the eyes.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from irritants, such as the sun and wind, while outside.
  • After the incisions have healed, wear sunscreen for the first 6 months so that scars do not become visible.

Risks Associated with Blepharoplasty

As with all surgical procedures, there are some risks associated with eyelid surgery. These risks include:

  • Risks common to all surgeries, including adverse reaction to anesthesia, infection, excessive bleeding, and blood clots
  • Dry or irritated eyes
  • Eyelid problems, such as inability to completely close eyes
  • Visible scarring and/or variation from normal skin color
  • Injury to eye muscles
  • Temporary blurred vision

You can minimize these risks by working with a qualified and experienced surgeon like Dr. Furze and by following all pre- and post-operative instructions.

Eyelid Surgery FAQ’s

Q Will insurance cover the cost of my blepharoplasty?

If you require surgery because sagging eyelids are impairing your vision, then your insurance company may cover all or a portion of the cost of your surgery. Blepharoplasty that is being performed for purely cosmetic reasons is unlikely to be covered. Your insurance company will make you undergo some testing to prove that your peripheral vision has been distributed by sagging skin. They will sometimes request us to take photos of your eyelids and send them in to illustrate the sagging skin. Each insurance company is different. Each patient is evaluated by physician and tested for surgery approval.

Q Can blepharoplasty improve my vision?

If your peripheral vision has been negatively affected due to droopy eyelids or hanging skin around the eyes, then blepharoplasty may improve your vision. Once sagging skin has been corrected, many of our patients report that they are able to see better, because they don’t have visual disturbance from eyelids sagging.

Q How soon after surgery can I wear glasses or contact lenses?

If you wear eyeglasses, you will be able to wear them immediately after your surgery. Contact lenses should not be worn for at least one week following upper eyelid blepharoplasty or two weeks if you have had lower eyelid blepharoplasty.

Q Will blepharoplasty get rid of wrinkles at the corners of my eyes?

A blepharoplasty will not eliminate crow’s feet, the wrinkles that form at the corners of your eyes. If you wish to correct these, Dr. Furze may recommend that you undergo additional treatments during or soon after your eyelid lift.

What Our Patients are Saying

“I am a rhinoplasty surgery patient and it took me 9 years to finally choose a surgeon to trust with my nose”

Dr. Alexis is a pleasant young doctor who is knowledgeable and willing to take the time to answer your questions and cover all your concerns so that you feel good when you leave his office. I definitely recommend him if ever need his services.

Dr. Furze is easy to communicate with, and is meeting all my post op needs. Of course this is after a successful surgery that I fully understood and was scheduled on my terms as immediate as was needed.

Written by Dr. Furze
Last updated: Wed 8 May, 2019
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