Eyelid Surgery Gives Both Functional and Cosmetic Benefits

Eyelid surgery, known medically as blepharoplasty, has proven to have both cosmetic and functional benefits. Heavy, overhanging upper eyelids can reduce the vision in the upper fields and can cause a tired, heavy feeling to the eyes as the day progresses. Saggy upper and lower eyelids can make you appear older than your years and cause others to think that you look tired even when you are not. It is commonly misunderstood as a procedure that only improves the aesthetic appearance. If the skin redundancy of the upper lids is significant and shown to limit the field of vision on ophthalmologic testing, the procedure may help you have a wider field of vision. In this case, the procedure may be covered partially by insurance. As some people age, excess skin may begin to obscure the natural fold of the upper eyelids. Also, loose skin may start to hang down from the upper eyelid, possibly impairing vision. For these people, an eyelid lift becomes a necessity for functionality as opposed to just a cosmetic procedure.


Blepharoplasty Procedure


The procedure usually involves an incision in the upper eyelid crease and under the lower lid lashes. The incision typically heals inconspicuously with no noticeable scar. It is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia, depending are the particular case. For most, it requires little downtime with any stitches coming out a week after the surgery.

Bruising usually resolves completely in 2-4 weeks. Most activities can be done after 2 weeks and makeup and contacts can usually be worn after 10-14 days.

Candidates who best qualify for eyelid surgery commonly experience:

  • Excess, overhanging skin of the upper eyelids
  • A puffy appearance around the eyes giving a tired look
  • Excess skin and wrinkles of the lower eyelid skin
  • Bags and dark circles under the eyes

This procedure may not be indicated or may need be done with caution in individuals with certain anatomic features, eye disorders, or who experience severe dry eye symptoms.

Typically fees for cosmetic eyelid lift range from $2,500 to $6,300, depending on which lids are treated and the type of anesthesia.

Removal of excess sagging skin around the eyelid can not only yield a more youthful, well-rested look, it can sometimes improve the field of vision as well.

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