Patients seeking to improve the appearance of their eyes for age-related or aesthetic reasons often find that eyelid surgery is the most effective and long-lasting solution. Not only does Dr. Madorsky have extensive experience in these procedures, he teaches and mentors UCLA Oculoplastic Fellows on the anatomy and surgical approach to the eyelid area.
Signs of aging in the upper and lower eyelid stem from two key factors: the body's tendency to produce less collagen and elastin in the skin, and the body's tendency to lose or displace fat as we age.
With the upper eyelid, aging is marked by a heavy brow and sagging or looseness in the skin above the lash line. In extreme cases upper eyelid skin can droop over the lash line. This is referred to as "hooding." In the lower eyelid, aging is marked by moderate to severe wrinkling, excess skin, hollowing and heaviness beneath the eye. Hollowing and heaviness often create what is commonly referred to as "eye bags."
Procedures recommended for surgical eyelid rejuvenation include one or more of the following:
Sometimes patients have concerns that are not related to aging. These patients wish to alter or modify the shape of their eyelids for purely aesthetic reasons. This may include:
If you are experiencing one or more of these physical characteristics listed below, you are a candidate for an eyelid surgery consultation.
After surgical eyelid rejuvenation, patients can expect to experience mild to moderate bruising and swelling. This will typically last for one to two weeks. Temporary effects may include dryness or itchiness of the eyes for up to 1 week. If necessary, some sutures used may need to be removed 5-7 days after the procedure.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery is an elective procedure. Insurance does not cover elective surgery. In some instances, though, eyelid surgery can serve a functional purpose. These are in extreme cases of eyelid hooding, where the eyelids are physically blocking or impairing vision. There are specific medical steps to complete to see whether a patient is a candidate for partial insurance coverage. For more information speak with Dr. Madorsky at an individualized consultation.
Yes. Dr. Madorsky is extremely skilled in both eyelid reconstruction and eyelid revision surgery. As we never stop aging, patients who had surgery several years prior can feel that they need additional upkeep and maintenance. For those who have had a surgery they are dissatisfied with, they are in particular need of a specialist who can provide them with the best treatment possible. There are several factors that Dr. Madorsky must consider when creating a customized plan for correction of a previous surgery, drawing on his experience, skill, and knowledge of the anatomy of the eyelid.
Some of the most common treatment combinations done in conjunction with eyelid surgery are: