Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about their vision and general eye health issues.  If you have any other questions or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.
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Will My Insurance Cover My Eyelid Surgery?

A: Eyelid drooping (ptosis) or excess folding of the skin (dermatochalasis) can be caused by many things. With aging, skin and soft tissues lose their elasticity and volume, leading to the appearance of excess or drooping skin and muscles around the eye. In severe cases, this drooping or excess skin can block the vision by obscuring the superior visual field. In this instance, most insurance companies consider surgical repair by blepharoplasty or ptosis repair to be a medical necessity.

The assessment of medical necessity for eyelid surgery requires specialized testing and evaluation by a qualified physician.  Dr. Becker is a specialist with eyelid surgery and will evaluate your particular case with relevant testing. As an oculoplastic surgeon, he is uniquely qualified to perform your eyelid surgery, since this is a primary focus of his training.

If you think your eyelids are drooping or are noticing excess skin on your eyelids, contact us today to schedule an exam!

How Long Should I Allow For Recovery After Having Eyelid Surgery?

A: In general, eyelid surgery is known for having a fairly quick recovery. Patients can often return to work in a day or two, although it is best to take a few days off and take it easy to allow proper healing.  Most bruising and swelling resolves in approximately two weeks, and one should wait a week or two before recommencing strenuous activities.

Is Eyelid Surgery Safe?

A: It is important to realize that, like any surgery, eyelid surgery is not without risk.  However, major complications are extremely rare.  Minor complications occasionally occur, such as bleeding, bruising, and swelling.  However, such problems are temporary and will resolve within a few weeks of the surgery. As oculoplastic surgeons, we are specifically trained to perform surgery in and around the eye, so we are uniquely able to better avoid serious problems that can occur with eyelid surgery.

Does Eyelid Surgery Hurt?

A: There is minimal pain associated with eyelid surgery. Local anesthesia is used on the skin, and this can be supplemented with mild relaxing or sedating medication.  Some patients may experience mild discomfort or pressure during the procedure.  After the procedure, patients may experience minor irritation in or around the eyes, which is usually treated with over-the-counter analgesics.  Any mild discomfort should fade within a few days.

Patient Reviews

Dr. Becker literally stopped me from crying. I had a blocked tear duct and narrowed my choices down to Dr. Becker and Dr. Christopher Zoumalan. Dr. Becker’s schedule wasn’t available sooner so I saw Dr. Zoumalan first. I was still counting on Dr. Becker to perform the less invasive balloon dacryoplasty as HE INVENTED the procedure but saw Dr. Zoumalan anyway to see who made me more comfortable. When I saw Dr. Zoumalan he actually referred me to Dr. Becker as apparently everyone in LA knows he’s the go-to-guy for blocked tear ducts. It’s been 9 months and I tear free without having a DCR done.

I can’t thank Dr. Becker enough as it’s pretty embarrassing as a man to be wiping tears from your eyes every 5-10 minutes. If you have a blocked tear duct see Dr. Becker. You won’t regret it!

- Ken L.
I had a very serious injury to the left side of my face an I never thought I would ever look the same again. Dr. Becker fixed everything almost like nothing happen. He is very good at what he does.

Very kind an truly cares about his patients. He definitely has a gift from God. An I’m so grateful I was referred to him an so very thankful for all that he is an all that he did for me.
- Mary P.
Dr. Becker exceeds above and beyond! A 5-star doctor I would recommend to family and friends because he truly is a specialist in ophthalmology and in cosmetic surgery. I learned that he teaches one day out of the week to residents at UCLA, which explains why he is so patient and didn’t mind explaining the procedure with me. I was quite nervous but he really calmed my nerves about Juvederm, because I was afraid to not look natural after the injections.

I have to say I LOVE MY RESULTS! my parentheses lines along the sides of my nose and mouth where so defined but now I feel like I’m in my early 20’s again ? He has become me to go the doctor to help retain my youth appearance.

- Janet T.

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Encino, CA 91316

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2659 Townsgate Rd Suite 215
Westlake Village, CA 91361
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