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Correcting the Cosmetic Problem of Bulging Eyes

At some point, many adults begin to notice age-related changes around their eyes. The eyes are one of the first areas of the face to demonstrate the effects of age because the tissue around the orbital bones is delicate. In our experience, individuals whose facial anatomy includes naturally prominent eyes or flatter cheekbones, aging eyes can make the face appear intense and, in some cases, angry. Here, we want to discuss what can make the eyes look this way and what can be done to correct this problem.

The Unique Challenges of Prominent Eyes

A non-prominent eye has a greater extent of protection from the eyelid and muscles of the upper cheek. Without an adequate layer of protection, a naturally-prominent eye is more likely to develop more significant hooding of the upper eyelid and bagging of the lower eyelid. The more prominent eyes bulge due to the effects of aging, the more risk there is of eye irritation, redness, and tearing. Ultimately, though, the harsh appearance of prominent eyes are what tends to trouble many of our patients.

Historically, aging eyes have been corrected with blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty is a surgical technique through which the tissue of the upper and/or lower eyelids is tightened and the excess trimmed away. Under normal circumstances, blepharoplasty is a delicate procedure that should only be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with specific experience treating the eyes.

Naturally prominent eyes are not a normal circumstance.

We have treated thousands of patients who have undergone blepharoplasty to address the cosmetic effects of bulging eyes. These patients have needed to seek additional care to correct the effects of the original corrective surgery. That’s a lot of correction. Our approach intends to achieve the best results the first time out.

How to Treat Bulging Eyes

If you have naturally bulging eyes, your corrective cosmetic treatment should be obtained from a board-certified oculoplastic surgeon. Dr. Douglas is more than that; he is a pioneer in the field of aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. His well-developed approach to the treatment of bulging eyes has involved the analysis of hundreds of patients using before-and-after measurements. What has been found is that the best results often don’t come from a standard blepharoplasty but from a procedure in which the prominence of the eyes is corrected.

Every situation is unique and completely customized by our team. If it is necessary to reduce the prominence of the eyes, Dr. Douglas considers several options. One is to shave a small amount of bone tissue from the orbital socket. Another is to remove a precise amount of fat from the eye area. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Patients are asleep and monitored until anesthesia wears off. After surgery, patients can expect a short two-week recovery.

Bulging eyes can be a frustrating problem. We can help. Schedule a consultation at our Beverly Hills practice by calling (310) 657-4302.

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