Drooping eyelids can make for tired-looking, aged eyes. And on top of that, they can also interfere with your vision, adding a serious vision challenge to an already-burdensome aesthetic concern.
Thankfully, there is a solution. Blepharoplasty. It’s a big word but is simply the medical term for eyelid surgery, designed to correct the drooping or sagging skin of the upper and/or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty can accomplish a lot of different things, including:
- Removal of excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids
- Reduction of upper eyelid fold
- Sharpening of eyelid crease
- Elimination of lower lid puffiness
- Improvement in vision in some cases (functional upper eyelid blepharoplasty)
- Creation of a more youthful and rested appearance
Who is a Good Candidate For Blepharoplasty?
As we age, our skin and muscles can begin to sag and droop. It’s true for every part of our bodies and eyes are no different. To make matters worse, fat that surrounds and cushions the eyeball can bulge forward through the skin of the upper and/or lower lid. If you have any of the following, eyelid surgery might be right for you:
- Tired-looking eyes
- Upper eyelid skin that hangs over your normal lid crease
- Bulges, bags or puffiness under the lower lid
- Smaller or saggy-appearing eyes
Here at Collins Vision, we offer many different types of eyelid surgery that address both functional and aesthetic concerns. Let’s talk about a few of our most common eyelid procedures.
Functional Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty addresses upper eyelid droopiness that is significant enough to interfere with vision and daily tasks like reading and driving. It removes excess skin and fat hanging over the normal lid crease. Since this type of blepharoplasty is considered a functional procedure, Medicare and private insurance will cover at least a portion of it. Consultation, exam and testing can help determine coverage eligibility.
Lower Blepharoplasty addresses loose skin and puffiness of the lower eyelid, helping to restore a more rested and youthful appearance. The goal of the procedure is to deflate the lower eyelid fold and reduce lower lid puffiness. As lower lids rarely interfere with vision, the procedure is not typically covered by Medicare or private insurance.
Cosmetic Blepharoplasty (eyelid tucks and lifts) addresses droopy, puffy upper and lower eyelids, helping to restore a more rested and youthful appearance. This procedure removes excess skin and fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids and eyebrow area for tired-looking eyes. Many patients choose to combine a lower blepharoplasty with an upper blepharoplasty for cosmetic purposes at the time of a functional procedure to minimize downtime.
If I may, I’d like to say a little more here only because I have found it helps my patients feel more confident in moving forward if they are still on the fence about whether or not to surgically address their very real concerns about the appearance of their aged eyes. My training, experience and personal approach ensure the desired level of cosmetic correction for a refreshed-looking, natural result. My goal is to tailor your surgery to you and your goals; I’ll never suggest more or less than what I think will help get you there.
Your outpatient procedure will be performed at St. Marks Surgical Center and requires little to no downtime. Want to do a little more research? Click here to visit our comprehensive blepharoplasty page for additional information.
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