Aesthetic eyelid surgery, or Blepharoplasty, reduces the fat that causes bags under the eyes and removes wrinkled, drooping layers of skin on the eyelids. The surgical procedures are designed to remove some of the excess skin and restore a more youthful appearing eye.
is blepharoplasty right for me?
Aging, excessive exposure to sunlight, heredity or smoking can contribute to a loss of elasticity in the skin and loosening of muscles around the eyelids. Men and Women often complain of an aged and tried look. Conditions from the protrusions of fat (bags), puffiness, wrinkles and droopy, sagging eyelids are reasons to consider eyelid surgery. In some cases, excess tissue can even create a visual obstruction.
common questions and concerns
Will insurance cover this procedure? Since an upper blepharoplasty can be performed to restore vision, many insurance providers will typically cover the surgery as a non-elective procedure. A visual field test may be necessary to determine to what degree the excess skin inhibits peripheral vision and to establish the true range of vision. A lower blepharoplasty is always considered cosmetic.
what are my surgical options?
Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or both. Incisions are typically small and inconspicuous.
In a lower lid blepharoplasty, incisions will be under the lash line or in some cases on the inside of the lower eyelid. Excess fat, skin, and muscle are removed as the surgeon sees fit. Sometimes, the fat is redistributed in order to minimize puffiness and uneven swelling.
In an upper lid blepharoplasty, incisions are made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid to remove excess skin and fatty tissue. This wonderful procedure can reverse the effects of time to restore a youthful, refreshed appearance.