What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, a procedure also referred to by the more technical term, “blepharoplasty,” is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids. Eyelid surgery also improves the general look of the face by restoring a more youthful and rested look. In some cases, eyelid surgery may be medically necessary to trim off excess or loose skin from the eyelids that impair vision.
Good candidates for eyelid surgery are those who are concerned about circles or bags underneath their eyes, puffy upper eyelids, loose skin that hangs down from the upper eyelids, and general eyelid droopiness. Usually, eyelid surgery is sufficient to correct such problems, but in cases where the eyebrows are affected as well, the eyelid surgery may be carried out in conjunction with a forehead lift.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Prior to eyelid surgery, the patient will come in for a one-on-one consultation during which the cosmetic surgeon will carry out a comprehensive medical and physical examination. The surgeon will discuss the best options with the patient, in addition to describing any potential complications. Eyelid surgery may be performed in a hospital, a surgical center, or an outpatient center. Prior to the procedure, the patient will be administered with general anesthesia or intravenous sedation to increase his or her comfort.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make incisions that are usually hidden within the natural crease of the upper eyelid, so as to conceal any minimal scars. Depending on the aim of the surgery, the points of the incision will allow the surgeon to remove loose skin, rearrange fatty deposits, or to tighten lax muscles. If the eyelid surgery addresses issues with the lower eyelids, any incision there will be hidden within the lower eyelid.
Eyelid Surgery Outcome
Patients can expect to see some swelling after an eyelid surgery procedure, even though this can be reduced with cold compresses, medication, and lubricating ointment. In some cases, irritation may occur at the site of the incisions, a condition that can be effectively controlled with proper medication.
The result of eyelid surgery is a more rejuvenated and youthful appearance for those who are concerned about the aesthetic aspect of the procedure. For those who undergo the procedure to correct their drooping eyelids, the surgery will remove the loose skin obscuring their vision, in addition to improving their general appearance.
The final outcome of eyelid surgery will not be seen until several weeks following the procedure after all the swelling and redness had subsided. In most cases, the incision lines will not fully refine until up to a year after the procedure.
As mentioned, eyelid surgery may either be for cosmetic or medical purposes. Where the procedure is for medical reasons, such as correcting impaired vision, most insurance companies will cover the cost of the treatment. In cases where the procedure is strictly for cosmetic reasons, insurance companies will not cover it, but most patients can obtain other forms of financing for their surgery. Ask your surgeon if they offer any financing options to their patients. Most surgeons offer to finance to qualified patients.