Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

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What is a blepharoplasty?

This is a procedure that can be done on either the upper and/or lower eyelids.  It corrects the heaviness of the upper lids and the bulging or bags in the lower lids.

At what age am I a candidate for blepharoplasty?

There is no specific age that is ideal for any procedure.  When you have concern about the changing of your eyelids, or if the droopiness of your upper eyelids is causing visual obstruction, you should see a plastic surgeon.  He or she would discuss your options.

Does insurance cover blepharoplasty?

Lower eyelids will always be considered an elective cosmetic procedure, but upper eyelids are sometimes medically necessary.  If you fail a visual Field Test performed by your eye doctor, it is possible your insurance will cover the procedure.  If you plan to have your lower eyelids done as well, it will not be covered by insurance.

How is it done?

There are several different techniques available for both upper and lower eyelids.  Upon examination, your surgeon will determine which procedure would be appropriate for you.

What type of anesthesia is used?

The procedure can be safely performed with either general or local with sedation.

How long is the recovery?

In general, most patients are comfortable going out in public after 7-10 days and resume full activity in 4 weeks.

What are some potential complications of blepharoplasty?

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Unfavorable Scarring
  • Visual Changes
  • Blindness
  • Dry Eyes
  • Difficulty Closing Your Eyes
  • Asymmetry of the Eyelids
  • Drooping of the Lower Eyelids
  • Chemosis: swelling of the mucous membrane covering the eyeball and lining of the eyelids.

 

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