Cosmetic Orbital Decompression Surgery (for bulgy eyes)

bulgy eye surgery los angeles
Dr. Taban as an instructor of the “orbital decompression laboratory course” at the 2015 American Academy of Ophthalmology Conference. Students are surgeons from around the world learning orbital decompression on cadaver heads.

Bulging eyes (aka proptosis or exophthalmos) is when the eyes can appear larger and, at times, disproportionate to the rest of the face. Often, bulgy eyes can be painful, exposing the eyes to too much air and foreign objects. Bulging eyes may be present from birth and are more prevalent among certain ethnicities. While the same bulging eyes may be abnormal in one ethnicity/race, they may be normal in another. Bulgy eyes can be symmetric or asymmetric with only one side involved or one eye worse than the other side.

Proptosis (bulging eyes) or appearance of bulgy eyes can result from a variety of causes, including:

  • Graves’ or thyroid eye disease
  • Orbital tumors
  • Genetics (Inherited)
  • Shallow orbit (shallow eyes socket)
  • Sunken cheek bones
  • Large Myopic Eyeballs
  • Relatively large eye when compared to sunken opposite eye

Treatment for Bulging Eyes

The treatment for proptosis or bulging eyes is orbital decompression surgery. The procedure can performed for functional or rehabilitative reasons, as bulging eyes can cause eye irritation, redness, and tearing from increased exposure of the eyeballs to air and/or an inability to close the eyes fully. Orbital decompression surgery sets the eyeballs back by removing bone and/or fat from behind the eyeballs through small, hidden or inconspicuous incisions. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis.

Cosmetic Orbital Decompression Surgery

Surgery for protruding (bulging) eyes can also be performed for cosmetic or aesthetic purposes for those who are unhappy about the appearance of their eyes or the way they look in proportion to the rest of the face, either due to disease or inherited. Usually, the degree of orbital decompression needed for aesthetic reasons is less than that required for functional reasons and hence it is even safer. As stated earlier, cosmetic orbital decompression surgery for bulgy eyes is performed on an outpatient basis, where the patient goes home after surgery. Dr. Taban uses only the latest surgical technologies, including minimal (hidden) incision techniques, to provide quicker recovery times and natural outcomes for his patients. During your consultation with Dr. Taban in Los Angeles (Beverly Hills or Santa Barbara), he will evaluate your eyes and face and discuss customized orbital decompression surgery that will work best for you, given your specific anatomy/problem and desired goal. If the two eyes look different, then different amount of orbital decompression surgery can be done on each eye. An orbital CT scan is necessary prior to surgery to analyze the bony structures of the orbit and relation of the eyeball to the orbit. Learn more about orbital decompression surgery in my manuscript on Expanding Role of Orbital Decompression in Aesthetic Surgery.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Relatively hollow area around the eyes can also make the eyeballs appear more bulgy. Therefore, a substitute procedure or additional complimentary procedure is filling around the eye with either fat or filler. Filler injection to improve sunken appearance around the eye is a nonsurgical option for the right candidate.

Who is a Candidate?

  • Inherited proptosis (bulging eye) such as shallow eye socket, sunken cheek bone, etc.
  • Acquired proptosis (bulging eye) such as thyroid eye disease.
  • Apparent proptosis from relatively sunken opposite eye.
  • Apparent proptosis from large myopic eyeball.
  • Hyperglobus (higher eyeball position compared to opposite eye).

Intended Result

  • More natural appearing eye(s), in proportion to the face.
  • Better symmetric eyes (if asymmetry present prior).
  • Improved or normal eye closure (if problem present prior).

Procedure Description

  • Orbital decompression surgery is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. It takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes to complete the procedure on each side, depending on the anatomy and how much decompression is needed.
  • The incision is hidden in the upper eyelid crease and/or inside the eyelid and/or caruncle.

To learn more about bulgy eye surgery visit, Medscape.com.

Recovery after Orbital Decompression Surgery

  • Bruising and swelling usually subside within 10-14 days.
  • Minimal to moderate pain for the first day, controlled by oral pain medication.
  • Vision is intact since no patches are used.
  • Nonabsorbable sutures are removed 1 week after surgery while absorbable sutures are left alone.
  • Patient can resume normal activity after about 7-10 days.
  • Eye makeup may be used following healing of the incision.
  • Contact lenses can be worn when comfortable (usually after 7-10 days).

Dr. Taban is an experienced orbital decompression surgeon. He has an oculoplastic surgeon with specialized training in eyelid, orbit, and lacrimal surgery. He has offices in the greater Los Angeles area (Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara).

Before and After Photos

Before (left), 24 year old female, with severe bulgy eyes and lower eyelid retraction from Grave's Disease, with significant change in eye appearance and function. After (right), 1 month after bilateral orbital decompression surgery and lower eyelid retraction surgery. Note improved eye appearance.Before (left), 24 year old female, with severe bulgy eyes and lower eyelid retraction from Grave’s Disease, with significant change in eye appearance and function. After (right), 1 month after bilateral orbital decompression surgery and lower eyelid retraction surgery. Note improved eye appearance.

Before (left), 24 year old female, with severe bulgy eyes and lower eyelid retraction from Grave's Disease, with significant change in eye appearance and function. After (right), 1 month after bilateral orbital decompression surgery and lower eyelid retraction surgery. Note improved eye appearance.Before (left), 24 year old female, with severe bulgy eyes and lower eyelid retraction from Grave’s Disease, with significant change in eye appearance and function. After (right), 1 month after bilateral orbital decompression surgery and lower eyelid retraction surgery. Note improved eye appearance.

Before (left), 24 year old female, with severe bulgy eyes and lower eyelid retraction from Grave's Disease, with significant change in eye appearance and function. After (right), 1 month after bilateral orbital decompression surgery and lower eyelid retraction surgery. Note improved eye appearance.Before (left), 24 year old female, with severe bulgy eyes and lower eyelid retraction from Grave’s Disease, with significant change in eye appearance and function. After (right), 1 month after bilateral orbital decompression surgery and lower eyelid retraction surgery. Note improved eye appearance.

Before (left), 24 year old female, with severe bulgy eyes and lower eyelid retraction from Grave's Disease, with significant change in eye appearance and function. After (right), 1 month after bilateral orbital decompression surgery and lower eyelid retraction surgery. Note improved eye appearance.Before (left), 24 year old female, with severe bulgy eyes and lower eyelid retraction from Grave’s Disease, with significant change in eye appearance and function. After (right), 1 month after bilateral orbital decompression surgery and lower eyelid retraction surgery. Note improved eye appearance.

Before (left) and 3 months after (right) orbital decompression surgery.Before (left) and 3 months after (right) orbital decompression surgery.

Middle age male, with thyroid eye disease, who underwent orbital decompression surgery followed later by lower eyelid retraction surgery and canthoplasty.Middle age male, with thyroid eye disease, who underwent orbital decompression surgery followed later by lower eyelid retraction surgery and canthoplasty.

Before (left) and 3 months after (right)  cosmetic orbital decompression surgery and fat injection around eyesBefore (left) and 3 months after (right)  cosmetic orbital decompression surgery and fat injection around eyes

Before (left) and after (right) orbital decompression surgeryBefore (left) and after (right) orbital decompression surgery

Young girl with inherited bulgy eyes (from large myopic eyes). Note eyeball anterior to brow bone (right) and 2 months after cosmetic orbital decompression surgery (left). Note the eyeballs are now posterior to brow bone. (In future, she would benefit from filler or fat injection around eyes).Young girl with inherited bulgy eyes (from large myopic eyes). Note eyeball anterior to brow bone (right) and 2 months after cosmetic orbital decompression surgery (left). Note the eyeballs are now posterior to brow bone. (In future, she would benefit from filler or fat injection around eyes).

38 year old female, with bulgy eyes from Graves thyroid eye disease who underwent bilateral orbital decompression surgery.38 year old female, with bulgy eyes from Graves thyroid eye disease who underwent bilateral orbital decompression surgery.

View More Photos

Since i was a child dealing with bulging eye problem,… Let me tell you my story a few months ago i had Orbital Decompression Surgery on my both eyes. … Dr. Taban, you are a Godsend and truly a great doctor. … You have my highest recommendation!

Sincerely, Selin Walker

Selin Walker

<< Prev
Next >>
Request a

Consultation

Fields marked with an * are required
Your Information Is Always Safe With Us