Bulging eyes (proptosis) can be very painful and lead to an unappealing appearance for many of those who suffer from the condition.  Many people find that, in addition to eliminating the discomfort that results from bulging eyes, they also want an aesthetic solution. Fortunately, you can change the unsightly appearance of your bulging eye condition surgically, with cosmetic orbital decompression.

What is Cosmetic Orbital Decompression?

Surgical treatment for bulging eyes can be performed for both cosmetic and functional reasons.  If patients are unhappy about the appearance of their eyes, or the way the eyes appear in proportion to the rest of the face, cosmetic orbital decompression can be used to correct the condition. Usually, the degree of decompression needed for aesthetic reasons is less than that required for functional reasons.

What Causes Bulging Eyes?

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

  • Graves’ or thyroid eye disease
  • Orbital tumor
  • Inflammation
  • Genetics

At the Orbital Surgery Center of Excellence, we treat many types of tumors, infection, and trauma that could result in bulging eyes. Our surgeons specialize in treating diseases that affect the orbital area, including the eyes, eye sockets, bone, muscles, and surrounding tissues. We perform all orbital surgeries at our Los Angeles surgery center.

About the Procedure

Orbital decompression is performed on an outpatient basis by an expert oculoplastic surgeon at our Los Angeles surgical center. The procedure involves removing bone around the eye socket to make more space for the swollen tissue and allow the eyes to move back into their original position. Our team of surgeons at the Orbital Surgery Center of Excellence uses the latest and most minimally invasive techniques, through hidden incisions, to achieve the desired effect.

After surgery, the patient will usually experience swelling and bruising for 7-10 days, with the only restriction being no exercise or heavy lifting during that time. You should use ice to reduce the swelling and follow your surgeon’s after-care instructions following your surgery. Some patients are able to return to work in one week after surgery.

Cosmetic orbital decompression is unique because your Orbital Surgery Center surgeon will focus on the aesthetic result you desire. Regardless of the cause of your bulging eyes, or the severity of your symptoms, our expert surgeons make your comfort and satisfaction a priority. In addition to the cosmetic benefits of the procedure, the uncomfortable and often dangerous symptoms that result from severe bulging eyes will be eliminated.

Contact an Orbital Surgeon in Los Angeles

The orbital area is highly detailed, complex, and compact – thus requiring a special skill set. Cosmetic orbital decompression for bulging eyes should be performed by an experienced oculoplastic or orbital surgeon, one who is board-certified in ophthalmology and oculoplastic orbit surgery (ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery).

Located in Los Angeles, La Peer Health Systems’ Orbital Surgery Center of Excellence boasts some of the most distinguished surgeons and latest technology. Our oculoplastic surgeons specialize the latest treatment for bulging eyes, often times working in conjunction with your head and neck thyroid surgeon and endocrinologist.

If you are experiencing bulging eyes and are interested in cosmetic orbital decompression, contact us to speak with our highly trained doctors at the Orbital Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles.