BLEPHAROPLASTY (EYELID SURGERY)
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The effect of drooping eyelids may be obscured vision that may interfere with daily tasks that require clear vision such as reading or driving. Many patients complain that the droopy eyelids also give them a tired appearance.
Blepharoplasty is the medical term for an eyelid surgery which corrects the drooping or sagging tissues of the upper and lower eyelids. The surgery involves removing skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids with the goal to debulk the upper eyelid fold, sharpen the crease and restore the lower eyelid concavity. The surgery typically requires incisions that follow the natural upper eyelid crease and are hidden along the inside of the lower eyelid. In most cases, the incisions blend with the smile lines at the outside corner of the eyelids.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE?
- Tired looking eyes
- Upper eyelid skin hanging over your normal lid crease
- Bulges, bags or furrows under your lower lids
- Smaller or more saggy appearing eyes
If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may be a candidate for eyelid surgery. Schedule your consultation today and meet one-on-one with Dr. Friedrichs to discuss your options.
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THE CONSULTATION PROCESS
FUNCTIONAL UPPER EYELID BLEPHAROPLASTY
Medicare and insurance may cover upper eyelid blepharoplasty if it is causing a functional problem that interferes with your vision. Many patients complain of decreased field of vision and poor vision for daily tasks such as driving or reading. Special tests are performed by Dr. Friedrichs and his staff to determine the level of vision loss that might be occurring due to droopy upper eyelids. The results of these tests along with your confidential consultation with the surgeon will be used to determine if the upper eyelid droopiness is sufficient for Medicare or your insurance to cover the treatment.
Dark circles and puffiness under the eyes can be addressed with a lower blepharoplasty which will debulk the lower eyelid fold and restore the natural concavity. Lower blepharoplasty will result in decreased puffiness under the eyes and will help to restore a more rested and youthful appearance. However, the lower eyelids rarely interfere with vision and lower blepharoplasty is not typically covered by Medicare or insurance. Oftentimes, patients will combine a lower blepharoplasty with an upper eyelid blepharoplasty for cosmetic purposes at the time of their functional procedure in order to minimize downtime.
Looking for a non-surgical option? Read more about our lower lid blepharoplasty options using Morpheus8 technology here.
Many patients desire eyelid surgery because the droopy or puffy eyelids give the appearance of being tired or unrested. Both men and women seek eye lifts or tucks to help them look more refreshed and to regain a more youthful appearance. Many patients are reluctant to consider cosmetic eyelid surgery due to fear of what may be considered a “surprised or unnatural look.” However, Dr. Friedrichs’ specialized training, experience and personal approach will ensure that you receive your desired level of cosmetic correction of the lid and brows areas with a natural appearance.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING SURGERY
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. Patients may also opt for light sedation during the procedure. Most patients experience very little pain and will have some swelling for up to a week after surgery which can be minimized with an ice pack. Most swelling and/or bruising are resolved after two weeks, but a small amount may be present for up to six weeks after surgery.
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