Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

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Upper eyelid drooping can interfere with vision.  The Ophthalmology Group physicians prefer a Blepharoplasty procedure to improve vision.  If this is a medical problem, most insurances will consider this a covered procedure.

Eyelids are, perhaps, what other people notice first. Eyelid surgery to improve the appearance of the eyelids is often called ‘eyelift’ or ‘blepharoplasty’.

Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery can be both a functional and cosmetic surgical procedure intended to reshape the upper eyelid or lower eyelid by the removal or repositioning of excess tissue as well as by reinforcement of surrounding muscles and tendons.

When an advanced amount of upper eyelid skin is present, the skin may protrude over the eyelashes and cause a loss of peripheral vision. The outer and upper parts of the visual field are most commonly affected and the condition may cause difficulty with activities such as driving or reading. In this circumstance, upper eyelid blepharoplasty is performed to improve peripheral vision.

Patients with a less severe amount of excess skin may have a similar eyelift procedure performed for cosmetic reasons.

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is almost always done for cosmetic reasons, to improve puffy lower eyelid “bags” and reduce the wrinkling of skin.

Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery is performed through external incisions made along the natural skin lines of the eyelids, such as the creases of the upper lids and below the lashes of the lower lids, or from the inside surface of the lower eyelid. Initial swelling and bruising take one to two weeks to resolve but at least several months are needed until the final result becomes stable.

Depending upon the scope of the procedure, the operation takes one to three hours to complete.

As we age, your eyelids (both upper and lower) may become ‘droopy’ or ‘baggy’. The eyelid skin stretches and muscle tone weakens. In addition, your eyebrows may also droop. In addition, this sagging, may lead to brow/eyelid strain. Excess skin can hang over the eyelid and interfere with vision. This has resulted in more people seeking “eyelifts.”

Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

  • Reduces excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids.
  • The excess fat is removed and incisions are closed with fine sutures.
  • Incisions made on the outside of the lower eyelids are barely visible and fade over time.

Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty

  • This can be performed via an skin incision (trans-cutaneous) or via the inside of the eyelid (trans-conjunctival).
  • Lower Blepharoplasty reduces excess fat in the lower eyelids.
  • The excess fat is removed and incisions are closed with fine sutures.
  • Incisions made on the inside of the eyelids are not visible.
  • Incisions made on the outside of the lower eyelids are barely visible and fade over time.

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