There are many similarities between functional and cosmetic blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery), but the main difference is that functional blepharoplasty is specifically designed to remove sagging skin that blocks your field of vision. As we age, the skin loses elasticity, resulting in volume loss and skin sagging. Excess fat also builds up and this can add to the heaviness of droopy eyelids.
Severe skin laxity on the eyelids results in eyelid skin that hangs over the lash line, partially obstructing your peripheral vision (side vision). This can make it difficult to drive, play sports, and perform other daily activities. Functional blepharoplasty mainly treats the upper eyelids, but both the upper and lower eyelids can be addressed if you are concerned with puffy bags or sagging skin on the lower eyelids.
Patients who are in overall good health with no underlying medical conditions are often candidates for functional blepharoplasty (an eyelid lift). Eyelid surgery candidates are often 60 years or older, once skin aging starts to set in. Most patients undergo eyelid surgery for the following concerns:
- Drooping upper eyelids
- Limited side vision
- Moderate to severe skin laxity on the upper lids
The functional blepharoplasty procedure can be performed under local anesthesia administered through an IV. This puts patients into twilight sleep, meaning they will feel relaxed and hardly notice the procedure happening. Once you are sedated, Dr. Ghafouri will make an incision in the eyelid crease at the top of the upper lid. Excess skin and tissue will be excised (removed) and the remaining loose skin will be pulled up to tighten and smooth the upper eyelid. This surgery typically takes about 30 minutes.
The benefit of placing patients in a twilight sleep, rather than going under general anesthesia, is that they can expect a quicker recovery coming out of surgery. For the first two days, swelling and bruising will be at their worst so you should rest and relax at home. Patients typically take 4-5 days off work and more strenuous exercise should be avoided for 10-14 days. Dr. Ghafouri will carefully monitor your recovery and advise you on when it is safe to start resuming more strenuous activities. Most swelling and bruising will reduce within two weeks and after that time, you can enjoy your rejuvenated look and improved quality of life.
Dr. Ghafouri MD, FACS, is a board-certified ophthalmologist with specialized training in oculoplastic and orbital surgery. His exclusive specialization in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid and facial surgery sets him apart from other plastic surgeons who practice a larger range of facial and body surgeries. The eyes are a complex and dynamic structure that requires the trained eye of an eyelid surgeon like Dr. Ghafouri to achieve the best possible results. He has performed over 12,000 aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries, each with a personalized approach and commitment to exceptional results.Learn More
“I couldn’t be more pleased. A week after my procedure my nephew came over and asked why I looked so much younger. I shared that I had surgery on my upper lids. There was minimal discoloration with following the information to the letter. I’m still wondering how Dr made me look like myself only younger. I told my husband my vision has gone from a regular movie theater to a I Max. The facility is beautiful and the staff very kind and welcoming. I had an eye specialist tell me he wouldn’t let anyone but Dr. Ghafouri do his Oculoplastic.”
“Dr. Ghafouri and his team are very professional and knowledgeable. Very well-educated in his specialty and very helpful. His office environment is clean, bright and efficient.”
“I had a consultation for an upper and lower blepharoplasty with Dr.Ghafouri. He was very attentive and suggested some other minor procedures that would improve the overall results. He answered all my questions.”
Dr. Ghafouri offers virtual consultations for out-of-town patients. We see patients from all across the country who trust Dr. Ghafouri’s unique skills and expertise for their facial or eyelid surgeries. If you choose to travel to Arizona for your surgery, we can also recommend hotels and other resources to make your stay comfortable.
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