Surgery is available to treat a variety of conditions involving the tissue surrounding the eye. Whether the issue is an unsatisfactory cosmetic appearance or a physical disorder affecting function, we will provide a personalized recommendation to address your concerns.
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid rejuvenation can be achieved with surgery, such as upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty, and non-surgical interventions, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic or fillers. These are reliable options for achieving a fresher, more youthful and rested appearance. As we age, the fragile tissues around the eye become lax. The effect is often a tired or sad countenance which may not reflect how we actually feel. Conversely, the active lines in our forehead or around our eyes and mouth can convey disapproval without our intent. BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes the active lines; cosmetic fillers soften the angles and provide youthful fullness. Cosmetic blepharoplasty restores the natural, youthful contour of our eyelids. The wide-eyed, ‘surprised’ effect is not a desirable outcome and usually indicates over-correction. Our ophthalmic plastic surgeon, Dr. Tim Heffernan, takes great care to avoid this unwanted result.
Functional Eyelid Surgery
Functional eyelid surgery (also known as medically necessary) is for the sole purpose of restoring vision and function. There are a variety of conditions that require surgery to restore function or to relieve symptoms. Some cosmetic procedures such as blepharoplasty can become medically necessary when the excess tissues of the eyelid interfere with vision and disrupt the superior and peripheral visual field. The criteria for determining a procedure as functional verses cosmetic is published by the insurance companies and so may vary from one plan or carrier to another. Our surgeons and staff will document findings and perform tests to accurately determine the nature of your condition.
What to Expect
Most surgeries are performed at Eye Associates Surgery Center, adjacent to the Mount Vernon clinic. On occasion, the nature of the surgery will require deeper sedation and those will be performed at a surgery center in Seattle. Regardless of the facility, all procedures are out-patient and most take less than an hour to perform. You will briefly meet with the surgeon immediately prior to surgery to confirm the surgical site and to answer any final questions.
Following eyelid surgery, you can expect bruising and swelling for approximately two weeks. Discomfort is usually mild and relieved with ice, rest and Tylenol. Your vision may also be temporarily affected by blurring, double-vision, light sensitivity and tearing during the early days of the recovery process. Most patients return to work or other normal activities within 4-5 days following surgery. Certain activities, such as swimming or strenuous workouts, are prohibited until the sutures are removed. In any case, your surgeon will give specific instruction prior to discharge.
Am I a Candidate?
The very best way to know whether your symptoms can be relieved is to schedule a consultation. Visits of a functional or medical nature are billable to your insurance (even if the results do not yet meet medical necessity criteria set by your insurance). Dr. Heffernan provides cosmetic consultations at no charge. In either case, we will provide recommendations based on your needs and desires and make sure all your questions are addressed.
If you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today! Our team at Cascadia Eye can help you reach your goals with beautiful, natural-looking results.