Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a popular option for those who want to enhance the area around the eyes. As we age and gravity takes its toll, the skin on the eyelids will begin to wrinkle, bulge, and droop.

Am I a candidate for eyelid surgery?

It is recommended that you be in general good health and do not use tobacco products. This will allow you to heal more quickly. Eyelid surgery is most common in individuals over the age of 35. In extreme cases, some will have the surgery at a younger age if drooping eyelids hinder their vision.

What happens during eyelid surgery?

If all four lids (upper and lower) are done, the surgery will take about two hours. The surgeon will usually begin with the upper lids then move to the lower. Sedation is administered, so you will not feel any discomfort. Next, fine incisions are made along the eyelids to remove excess fat or skin, and then small stitches are added. The stitches will remain in place for up to one week. During this time, you will be able to take an over the counter pain killer and ice the area to diminish any pain.

What are the benefits?

You will begin to see the full effects of eyelid surgery two to three weeks after the procedure. By then, your eyes will appear to be back to normal. Eyelid surgery has a permanent effect on the lower lids, so you never need to get the surgery again. It is important to note that due to gravity and aging, the upper lids may need to be redone after about 5-7 years.

What are the risks?

Complications from an eyelid lift are uncommon, but they can occur. Bleeding, infection, dry eyes, or abnormal folding of skin are possible complications post surgery. If you have any of these issues after your procedure, be sure to contact your doctor directly.

Does insurance cover eyelid surgery?

Because blepharoplasty is considered to be a cosmetic procedure, health insurance generally won’t cover it. If you need to get an eyelid lift because your vision is obscured, your insurance might cover it because the reason is not directly cosmetic.

To determine if Blepharoplasty is appropriate for your needs, schedule an appointment with Dr. John Lee today by calling our office at 610-789-6701.