SURGERY OF THE UPPER EYELID,CASE STUDY
Upper eyelid surgery (upper blepharoplasty) is a common procedure, done under local anesthesia, to correct excess fullness of the upper eyelid skin.
In majority of cases, the patient has bilateral fullness. However, in this patient, her concern was the excess skin of the right upper eyelid skin compared to the left side. In these cases, it is important to rule out ptosis (actual drop of the eyelid itself). The actor Rufus Sewell has ptosis of his right eye. Interestingly when I googled him, it seems he has had the ptosis repaired! I had to dig into YouTube to find a good video from a few years ago. Notice how his right eyelid is lower than the left. Compare this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VB7YntQ2SE), to his recent photos!
After ptosis has been ruled out, it seems such a case will be easy to do. On the contrary, since the patient wants to match the non-operated side, patient expectation is much higher. I always emphasize, perfect symmetry is NEVER guaranteed. I do my best to come close. However, if God or 5 billion years of evolution could not produce perfect symmetry of our bodies, do not expect me to do it in a half an hour! Nevertheless, I had to really take my time and change my approach as compared to a standard blepharoplasty. Fortunately, both I and the patient are satisfied with the result!
Michael A. Jazayeri, M.D. is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 12 years of experience. His office is located in Orange County, California. To schedule a complimentary consultation, please call 714-834-0101.