What Is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
Eyelid surgery, which is referred to medically as blepharoplasty, is a procedure designed to diminish several signs of aging around the eyes. Excess fat and skin on the upper and lower eyelids can make you look tired or much older than you are. Eyelid surgery can target this protruding fat and lax eyelid skin to create smoother, tighter, more youthful-looking eyes. At our practice, blepharoplasty is often performed in conjunction with brow elevation and facelift surgery.
Types of Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery is designed to eliminate loose, sagging skin above the eye. The incision can be concealed along the natural crease of the eyelid. During the procedure, the underlying fat can be contoured for a youthful, natural-looking appearance. The underlying musculature can also be tightened to address any laxity.
Lower eyelid surgery is designed to eliminate pockets of fat and excess skin below the eye. The incision can be carefully hidden along the lash line. During the procedure, the excess fat can be repositioned to the tear trough and fill hollowed areas. The underlying ligaments can also be adjusted at this time to better support the eyelid.
Double Eyelid Surgery
Double eyelid surgery, which may commonly be referred to as ‘Asian eyelid surgery’, is a procedure that aims to create a clearly defined upper eyelid crease. Individuals who seek this procedure can be of any ethnicity and simply prefer the look of a double fold eyelid for themselves. Many patients who undergo double eyelid surgery want to achieve the appearance of a more widely opened eye, a more visible lash line, and/or the ability to wear certain styles of eye makeup. Double eyelid surgery can also be combined with traditional blepharoplasty techniques to accomplish eye rejuvenation goals.
Blepharoplasty Progression Photos
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Additional Eyelid Surgery FAQS
My eyelid skin is hanging over my eyes. Am I a candidate for eyelid surgery?
Definitely. The removal of upper eyelid skin and fat will improve the overhang.
Is the cost of blepharoplasty covered by health insurance?
When performed for cosmetic reasons, the cost of blepharoplasty is typically not covered by insurance companies. Patients who undergo eyelid surgery to restore their full field of vision may have a portion of the cost of the surgery covered by their health insurance. Most insurance companies will require documentation of this condition from a physician prior to the date of surgery.
Does eyelid surgery affect your vision?
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) does not have an effect on the eyeball. In some cases vision is enhanced because overhanging skin is removed from acting as an obstruction. In addition, following removal of overhanging, more light is allowed to enter the eye so vision can be enhanced that way, as well. It is a good idea to consult your ophthalmologist or optometrist before getting an eyelid procedure to assure there are not any underlying visual or dryness problems that you may not be aware of.
Can I speak to some of your previous patients who had facelifts or eyelid procedures and get a reference?
Absolutely. In fact, Dr. Houssock would encourage this, as she considers her past patients her greatest endorsement. Our staff will gladly arrange this for you.
How do I massage scar tissue after eyelid surgery?
Although heavy scarring after eyelid surgery is rare, massaging the surgical area may help prevent scars and speed up their healing. You can massage certain creams, ointments, or oils into the area surrounding the eyelids to facilitate scar healing and prevent other scars from appearing. To do so, put a drop of the ointment on your finger and gently rub it into the area, being careful to only apply a small amount of pressure. Dr. Houssock would be happy to recommend products for these massages during your consultation. Before using any type of product for these purposes, please be sure to discuss it with our team so that we can provide more specific advice and instructions in order to minimize any potential disruptions to the overall healing process.
If you are considering eyelid surgery, we encourage you to contact our practice and schedule a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon.