Blepharoplasty Repairs droopy eyelids

eyesBlepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a procedure performed to repair droopy eyelids. Over time, the skin around the eyelid can loosen and sag, causing excess skin to hang around your eyelids. This can often make you look more tired and older than you are. Eyelid surgery can remove this excess skin and restore your youthful and energetic appearance. While often performed for cosmetic or aesthetic purposes, blepharoplasty is also done when droopy eyelids impairs your vision.

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Is Blepharoplasty safe?

Blepharoplasty is a safe, frequently performed outpatient procedure. A complete eye exam will be given prior to surgery to make sure you are able to have the surgery. Although complications are uncommon, as with any surgical procedure, blepharoplasty does have some risks.

What is the surgery like?

Blepharoplasty is a brief outpatient procedure and usually takes less than one hour. Performed using local anesthesia and a mild sedative, the incision is made in the crease of the upper eyelid which allows it to be well concealed. During the surgery, excess skin and fat are removed and the incision will be closed using very fine sutures to minimalize any scarring.

Are there any side effects?

Bruising and swelling of the eyelids are the most common side effects.

Is there any downtime or restrictions?

After your surgery, you will be asked to follow post-operative instructions that include the use of ice packs, sleeping with the head elevated, applying ointment to sutures, and avoiding heavy lifting or bending. While the skin is healing, you should avoid exposure to unsanitary conditions (dust, pet dander, smoke).You may shower, but should avoid directing hot water near the surgical area. Physical activity should be restricted in the first few days but most people feel ready to go back to work in about 5-7 days.

Does insurance cover the cost of Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty can be considered “cosmetic” or “functional”. If you choose to have blepharoplasty for cosmetic purposes, insurance will typically not cover this and you will be responsible for the cost of the surgery. If it is proven that your droopy eyelids are affecting your vision, it may be considered “functional”, and your insurance may cover the surgery if you meet their requirements. You will be responsible for any co-pays or deductibles. Please contact your insurance company to learn about your benefits and the requirements you will have to meet.

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