Frequently Asked Questions
What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, medically termed blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure which addresses loose, hanging skin and loose creases on the eyelids, or puffy lower lids. If the skin of your upper eyelids has become lax, it can even affect your field of vision. Eyelid surgery addresses loose hanging skin by removing excess skin and fatty tissue to create a more refreshed, renewed look.
What are the Types of Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty can address either the skin of the upper eyelid, the lower eyelid, or both. These are two separate procedures.
- Upper Eyelid Surgery: This procedure addresses issues of skin laxity in the upper eyelid. An upper eyelid lift allows Dr. Morrissette to remove excess skin and fatty tissue in the upper eyelid and redefine the crease. When it is finished, you are left with eyes that appear awake, alert, and attractive – but not overdone.
- Lower Eyelid Surgery: This procedure addresses the skin and tissue beneath your eyes. It can remove excess skin beneath the eyes, remove excess fat, and smooth deep hollows, tear troughs, or undereye bags.
What Benefits Can I Experience with Eyelid Surgery?
Your Santa Barbara eyelid surgery can restore the skin around your eyes to a more natural, youthful position giving your face a more vital and youthful look. In addition, eyelid surgery provides other benefits:
- Refreshing the overall facial appearance
- Restoring self-confidence
Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Men and women who are in generally good health and are experiencing skin laxity in the eyelid who would like to restore a more rested appearance to their eyes are usually ideal candidates for eyelid surgery. Dr. Morrissette is available to answer any of your questions or concerns about the procedure and what to expect.
Will my Insurance Pay for Eyelid Surgery?
In many cases, your health insurance will pay some portion of eyelid surgery – when drooping skin is affecting vision. Our friendly administrative staff is available to assist you with any health insurance questions or discuss our financing options.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Michael Morrissette?
Dr. Michael Morrissette has a keen eye for facial balance and beauty. His excellent surgical skills and warm, caring demeanor come together in a highly-skilled surgeon who is not only gifted, but who has genuine interest and care for his patients. In fact, Dr. Morrissette only performs facial cosmetic surgery and no other types of cosmetic surgery. Coupled with his Board Certification in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, you can trust him to perform your surgery with the highest level of professionalism, and to focus on achieving a result that looks natural.
What Can I Expect During Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery is performed in the comfort of our Ventura, California facility under twilight or local anesthesia. With upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Morrissette will place the incision discreetly in the crease of the eye so no scars will be visible once healed. For lower eyelid surgery, the incisions are placed within the lower lid. Dr. Morrissette will remove any excess skin and fatty tissue, smooth hollows or deep tear troughs, and then close the incisions with sutures (stitches). Eyelid surgery typically takes between one and two hours. When your eyelid surgery is finished, and you have healed fully, you will be left with a more youthful, rested appearance.
What Is The Recovery Time From Eyelid Surgery?
Since each eyelid surgery is tailored to the needs of the individual, every patient responds differently. You will experience mild to moderate swelling and bruising for up to one week following surgery. Any discomfort can be easily managed with pain medication. A gently-applied cold compress can further aid in reducing swelling. You should be able to return to work approximately one week following your procedure. You may resume light exercise in about one week but should wait two weeks following eyelid surgery to engage in vigorous exercise.