Heavy, droopy upper eyelids can impair vision and affect the health of your eyes. Blepharoplasty performed in Yuma County, Arizona, by Dr. Patrick Aiello restores your full field of vision while resulting in cosmetic changes that make you appear rested and alert.
Eyelid surgery also helps correct uncomfortable conditions such as entropion, ingrown eyelashes, and skin growths. Regardless of your reason for seeking treatment, Dr. Aiello is a highly skilled eye surgeon with the experience necessary to repair or restore your eyelids.
To meet with Dr. Aiello in Yuma County to discuss functional eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, request an appointment or call (928) 782-1980 to speak with one of our eye care professionals.
Dr. Aiello's unique combination of compassion and qualifications sets him apart as one of the leading ophthalmologists in the field.
Restoring vision is the primary goal of functional eyelid surgery. In Arizona, Dr. Aiello performs blepharoplasty for patients with conditions ranging from age-related droopy eyelids to younger men and women with suspicious lesions or other conditions that impair vision. An improved appearance, which is one of the main reasons people undergo blepharoplasty, is a related benefit for most patients.
Dr. Aiello is a highly skilled ophthalmologist and eye surgeon with specialized training. He understands the complex anatomy of the eye and orbital area and will develop an effective treatment plan based on his assessment of your concerns.
Eyelid surgery techniques depend on the specific condition being treated. In most cases where eyelids impair vision, the reason is often excess eyelid skin that affects your peripheral, or side, vision. Surgery to correct this condition is done as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia and sedation, so you won't be uncomfortable. Incisions are usually well hidden within the natural eyelid structures, such as the lash line or eyelid crease. Excess skin and fat is normally removed from the upper eyelids. That reduces the heavy-lidded appearance and increases your field of vision.
Recovery from eyelid surgery generally takes about 2 weeks and is usually tolerated well by patients. Sutures are removed 1 to 2 weeks after surgery, and most people can return to work in 7 to 10 days. Side effects such as bruising and swelling are to be expected and should progressively improve over the course of a few weeks. Topical ointments, drops, or medication may be provided to assist with the healing process.
Depending on how severely your eyelids affected your vision, the results can be dramatic. Even if eyelids only slightly impair peripheral vision, lifting the lids will provide a noticeable change in how you see. You'll also notice less sagging and drooping in the upper eyelids. The eyelid contour is smoother and more defined, reflecting a youthful, rested appearance. Wrinkles around the eyes should also show a visible reduction in prominence and depth.
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