Droopy eyelids are a common side effect of the natural aging process. If the condition affects your peripheral vision, eye lift surgery can provide relief. At Lowcountry Eye Specialists, board-certified ophthalmologist Phelan Piehota, DO, regularly performs eye lift surgery. To request a consultation at the practice in Ladson, South Carolina, call the office, or request an appointment online today.
Eye lift surgery is an outpatient procedure that treats ptosis, a condition that occurs when the levator muscle detaches from your eyelids, causing them to droop. Ptosis occurs for various reasons, but it’s usually due to the natural aging process or an eye-related injury.
Ptosis isn’t always a serious concern, but if it affects your vision or ability to drive, read, or do other routine activities, don’t wait to make an appointment with the team at Lowcountry Eye Specialists.
At Lowcountry Eye Specialists, the team of oculoplastic-trained ophthalmologists performs eye lift surgery. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the eyes and eyelids.
The only preparation required for eye lift surgery is fasting. Your provider asks you to avoid food and drink (except for water) at least 12 hours before the procedure. If you experience any changes in your general health before the surgery, contact Lowcountry Eye Specialists immediately.
At Lowcountry Eye Specialists, the team performs eye lift surgery on an outpatient basis.
On the day of your procedure, you lie down on an exam table, and your provider administers a local anesthetic and IV sedation to help you relax. When the anesthesia kicks in, your surgeon uses special tools to trim the excess skin, muscle, and fat from your upper and lower eyelids.
The operation takes about two hours. Afterward, the team moves you to a recovery room for observation. When the anesthesia wears off, a friend or family member can drive you home.
After eye lift surgery, most people experience mild side effects, including:
In the days following the procedure, get plenty of rest and apply ice packs to your eyes to reduce swelling. Follow your provider’s instructions, use your eye drops as prescribed, and avoid strenuous activities for at least a week.
To reduce the risk of complications, avoid rubbing your eyes, don’t smoke, and attend each of your follow-up appointments. Your eyes should finish healing within a week.
To explore the benefits of eye lift surgery, book an appointment at Lowcountry Eye Specialists. Call the office or request one online today.