Functional Eyelid Surgery Restoring Vision, Confidence, and Quality of Life

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is typically performed for cosmetic reasons to help create a more youthful, inviting countenance. However, a reconstructive form of the surgery can also be instrumental in correcting an obstructed field of vision due to excess hanging skin. Dr. Anaïs Carniciu has extensive expertise in all types of oculoplastic surgery and delivers natural-looking outcomes for her patients in and beyond Westchester, NY.

Dr. Carniciu is amazing. Such a nice doctor and really cares about her patients. She took the time out to explain everything in detail so that I had no problem or any questions.

J.S.

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Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Functional Blepharoplasty?

During your private consultation in Westchester, our team will thoroughly review your medical history to ensure the procedure will be safe and successful for you. We will discuss your goals in-depth to create the ideal treatment plan and perform a physical evaluation at that time. It is essential that candidates for functional eyelid surgery are non-smokers, that they have realistic expectations for their results, and that they do not currently suffer from any pre-existing eye-related or medical health concerns that would interfere with their treatment.

What is functional eyelid surgery?

When redundant skin folds obstruct the patient’s field of vision or inhibit proper eye function, blepharoplasty can be performed to improve comfort, clarity, and overall eye health. While cosmetic eyelid surgery targets either the upper or lower lids, functional blepharoplasty typically focuses exclusively on the upper eyelids, as this area is most often responsible for vision impairment. With the aging process, the upper lid skin may slowly begin to droop down over the eyes, a condition known as dermatochalasis. Dermatochalasis may be responsible for the patient’s poor eyesight, but unlike many other vision problems, it has a simple surgical solution. Functional blepharoplasty may also make it possible for patients to wear contact lenses or glasses, activities that may be difficult for them due to excess skin in the upper lids. The surgery can help relieve tension and pain in the forehead that has developed as the patient perpetually flexes their brow muscles in order to be able to see. Lastly, functional blepharoplasty can mitigate irritation and discomfort associated with the rubbing together of the upper and lower lids.

What Are The Benefits of Functional Eyelid Surgery in Westchester?

  • Improved vision
  • Enhanced comfort when wearing eyeglasses and contacts
  • Greater comfort when blinking
  • A more relaxed forehead (no more forced elevation of the upper lids)
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What Will The Surgery Entail?

Functional eyelid surgery is usually performed under light sedation and/or local anesthesia. Small, discrete incisions are created within the natural folds of the upper eyelids, where scarring will later be inconspicuous. Through these incisions, Dr. Carniciu will remove excess sagging skin, improving the patient’s field of vision. 

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The Recovery Process

Functional blepharoplasty recovery is easy to manage. However, patients may experience mild bruising, swelling, and soreness in the upper lids for several weeks after surgery. Despite this, most patients can resume normal daily activities within 10-14 days. The recovery process will differ from person to person, depending on the extent of the changes needed. Dr. Carniciu will provide detailed information on the recovery process during your private consultation at our Westchester office suites.

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Why Choose New York Eye & Face In Westchester?

Dr. Carniciu is an award-winning oculoplastic specialist who is passionate about delivering natural-looking, personalized results. As the current Vice President of the Westchester County Medical Society, Dr. Carniciu has garnered the trust of her peers and patients alike. She is known for her precision-oriented techniques, finely honed skill set, and her empathetic and compassionate demeanor. She has established a beautiful boutique office setting in Westchester, where patients receive top-tier concierge care and one-on-one attention. Dr. Carniciu is the only oculoplastic surgeon in the area to be certified by the ASOPRS (American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) Oculofacial Society. ASOPRS is a highly competitive and elite organization that has only 750 members worldwide. To gain membership, surgeons must undergo exhaustive written and oral examinations and complete rigorous Fellowship training that prepares them for a career in the complex and delicate art of oculoplastic surgery. This illustrious training background, combined with an exclusive focus on facial procedures, sets Dr. Carniciu apart in a league of her own.

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