Cosmetic Eye Surgery
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Commonly performed for cosmetic improvement reasons, "eye lifts" as they are also called, primarily reduce the fatty excess and aging skin from the upper and lower eyelids. In some older folks, sagging eyelids can get in the way of their vision. In many cases, other procedures are performed along with eyelid surgery such as forehead lifts, Botox or other injections and/or laser resurfacing.
Good Candidates For Eyelid Surgery
Keep in mind that results may not be what you expected. Be sure to have consulted with us thoroughly before following through on this form of cosmetic eye surgery.
Most anyone in good health is a candidate. Of course, older folks tend to be the primary audience for a Blepharoplasty, however younger candidates where baggy or sagging eyelids are hereditary in the family are common.
Is the Eyelid Surgery Permanent?
Lower eye lid surgeries are typically permanent. However, upper eyelid surgery is shown to typically last from five to seven years. Results tend to last longer when performed at a younger age, however your eyes will continue to age. A forehead lift may be a next step if a repeat of eyelid surgery is required again.
Preparing for Eyelid Surgery?
Again, thorough counseling on potential side effects and results need to be discussed before making a final decision. The procedures are out-patient surgery typically within a few hours to perform. You will need someone to drive you home and recommend ensuring having someone around through the first night.
The healing process is typically several days and you should stay home from work and limit activities. Ice packs, gauze pads, eye drops and over-the-counter pain relievers are typically all that are needed during the healing process.
What To Expect with Eyelid Surgery
An experienced eye surgeon can perform an upper and lower eyelift usually within two hours. It is a matter of removing excess fat and skin using micro surgery and/or laser techniques. Making a cut along the eyelash margin is another popular method to remove excess fat cells and/or skin. Laser resurfacing may usually be performed afterwards.
Will Insurance Cover Eyelid Surgery?
Because it is cosmetic in nature, insurance companies don't cover these kinds of procedures. If you can show that your vision is affected by your eyelids, there are cases where the surgery would be covered by your insurance.