WHAT IS Blepharoplasty?
The eyes are the seat of beauty. When the signs of aging begin to occur around the eyes, it may be bothersome to many people. Blepharoplasty (eyelid tuck) is a procedure to rejuvenate the eyes. In fact, this is the most commonly performed aesthetic surgical procedure in the United States. Using incisions hidden in the eyelid creases, small amounts of fat and sagging skin may be removed.
Is it right for me?
Blepharoplasty is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the eyelids. This helps to reduce the wrinkles around the eyes can remove the “bags” from the eyelids. The results is a refreshed appearance, with a younger and firmer eye area. The results can be prolonged utilizing other treatment modalities, such as facial fat augmentation, and Neuromodulator therapy. A consultation with our doctors can help you decide whether any additional, complementary procedures would increase the success of your surgery.
Understanding the Surgery
Blepharoplasty removes excess fat, muscle, and skin from the upper and/or lower lids. The incisions are designed on natural folds to minimize the visibility of the scar. Loose skin and fat is gently removed and fine sutures are used to close the incisions. The sutures used to close this incision are self-dissolving and leave a nearly invisible scar.
During the initial consultation, your desired changes and possible results are discussed. A medical history is obtained, including use of corrective lenses, any dry eye history, recent vision changes, and prior procedures. As with all procedures, good health and realistic expectations are required for successful results after your Blepharoplasty.
What to expect after surgery
Immediately after the surgery, a certain degree of swelling and bruising is expected and is normal. Cold compresses and head elevation when lying down will enhance healing and relieve discomfort. Our doctors will prescribe medication for any discomfort.
For 10 days following blepharoplasty, there will be significant bruising and swelling of the eyelids. During this time you will clean the eye area, and eye drops are recommended. We will list the activities to avoid in the weeks following surgery. The stitches will dissolve on their own after about 7 days.
Insurance does not generally cover surgery that is done purely for cosmetic reasons. Surgery to correct or improve peripheral vision or surgery for an eye deformity or injury may be reimbursable in whole or in part. It is the patient’s responsibility to check with the insurance carrier for information on the degree of coverage.
Case Study A
This 55 year old gentleman desired an improvement in the appearance of the upper eyelids without feminizing his appearance. Blepharoplasty in men must be done differently than in women to maintain a masculine appearance of the eyelids.
Case Study B
This 63 year old woman felt that her eyes made her look tired. Following upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty, the eyes appear more open and vibrant.