Dr. Mobley performs many eyelid surgeries each year, often combined with other procedures such as face lift, fat injections, and laser skin resurfacing. In some cases, patients have thought that their concerns about the eye area would be corrected with an eyelid tuck only to learn from Dr. Mobley that, in fact, their problems would be better addressed with a brow lift, fat injection to restore lost volume to the lower eyelid area, or focused chemical peel or laser resurfacing to tighten lax skin. The explanations given by Dr. Mobley help patients make the most effective and appropriate decisions regarding their surgical options. Whether you are looking to improve your vision or take years off your appearance, Dr. Mobley has the expertise to give you the effect you desire.
Lower eyelid surgery can be performed in a variety of ways, and only a complete medical examination can determine which technique is right for you. Puffy bags in the lower eyelids can be greatly reduced and excess wrinkled skin can be improved.
Patients are encouraged to rest at home for approximately one week following eyelid surgery. After the first week, I will remove any stitches that were placed. Eyelid skin is the most delicate on the human body, and eyelids tend to swell and bruise after surgery. This is most noticeable for the first week but quickly resolves completely after 10-14 days. Within seven to ten days after surgery patients can usually return to daily activities.
For patients who have an excessive amount of upper eyelid skin and have undergone a Visual Field test to confirm that the excess skin is affecting the peripheral vision, the insurance company (and Medicare) may pay for this type of surgery. Only a complete medical evaluation can determine if you might fall into this category.
In my experience, many of my patients are pleasantly surprised by the minimal amount of discomfort they have in the postoperative period. Upper eyelid surgery is not considered painful by most of my patients but they typically experience some bruising and swelling for the week following surgery. Lower eyelid surgery can cause a sensation of dry, scratchy eyes for the week following surgery. We help alleviate this discomfort through eye drops and pain medications.
Based on your individual recovery, you should be ready to go back to work approximately one week after your surgery.
Every type of surgery has risks. It’s my ethical responsibility to educate you on these risks so you can make the best possible decision for yourself while weighing these risks against the benefits of surgery. My training helps me to minimize these risks to the best of my ability, but I cannot eliminate them entirely. Common risks include change in lower eyelid position, residual skin wrinkles or fat bags, and persistent dryness of eyes. Let me know if you have chronic dry eyes, are seeing a doctor for this problem, or are taking medication for dry eyes. The risks above are the most common ones that I think you should be aware of, but they are not a complete list of all possible risks. When I see you in consultation and we begin to formulate your surgical treatment plan, I’ll review with you not only these common risks but also the less likely complications that may occur.
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