Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

As we age, skin loses its elasticity and upper eyelids can sag causing us to look more tired, and it can affect our ability to see. If you have eyelids that are beginning to droop, or affect your vision, you may want to consider blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid lift.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure used to treat sagging upper eyelids or baggy lower eyelids. Extra skin is removed, and fat is removed or repositioned.

How is Performed?

Blepharoplasty is performed in an outpatient surgical facility with sedation. With upper blepharoplasty, excess skin is removed using an incision hidden in the crease of the upper eyelid. For lower eyelid bags, fat may be removed or repositioned to fill areas that have lost volume to smooth the overall appearance. The incision in lower eyelid surgery is hidden on the inside of the eyelid. CO2 laser skin resurfacing may be also performed to help tighten loose skin in the lower eyelid and improve fine lines and wrinkles.

Am I Candidate?

The first step it to have a consultation with an oculoplastic specialist. From there, we will determine if you are a good candidate. We will take photos and learn about your goals taking into account your medical history and previous surgery. If your vision is affected by droopy eyelids, your health insurance may cover the surgery. Often preauthorization is required with submission of your photos and additional testing to confirm medical necessity.

When Can I Return to Normal Activity?

Expect bruising and swelling after surgery, a majority of which resolves within 2 weeks. Patients must avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting for 1 week after surgery. Patients may return to work typically within 5-7 days.

To learn more about blepharoplasty and how it can enhance your appearance and improve your vision, contact us at 214-220-3937 to schedule an appointment.

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