Common Questions about Eyelid Surgery
- Posted on: Jul 15 2017
Eyelids can droop due to genetic disposition or aging. Also called blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery can lift and brighten the area around the eyes, providing a more youthful appearance. Here are common questions about the procedure:
Common Questions about Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
- How does eyelid surgery work? An eyelid lift can remove extra skin from the upper eyelids and decrease bagginess on the lower eyelids. Local anesthesia with oral sedation or IV sedation will be administered to make you the most comfortable. If all four eyelids are having the procedure, it will typically take about two hours to complete. The surgeon will begin with the upper lids, cutting the skin along the natural fold of the eyelid. Excess fat, muscle, or skin will be removed to achieve the best and most natural appearance. The surgeon will then move to the lower lids where a fine incision is made to remove fat, skin, or muscle. Small stitches are added to close the incisions and will last up to one week before they dissolve.
- Is eyelid surgery strictly a cosmetic procedure? No. If you are having the surgery for cosmetic reasons, your insurance will likely not cover it. In particular circumstances, an eyelid lift is needed because extra fat and skin are obscuring vision. In this case, insurance may cover the procedure.
- What will an eyelid lift not do? An eyelid lift will certainly give a more youthful appearance, but there are things that it cannot fix. It will not erase dark circles, crow’s feet, or other wrinkles around the eyes. Sometimes it is paired up with additional procedures like filler injections or a forehead lift.
- What is recovery like? Stitches will remain in the eyelids for up to one week. Swelling is a normal function of the healing process. Bruising is also somewhat common but will die down within a couple of weeks. By then, your eyes will look close to normal.
- How long do the results of eyelid surgery last? For the upper lids, eyelid surgery can last around seven years. Due to the natural aging process, you may notice the accumulation of skin and fat on your lids once again. In these cases, you may elect to have another eyelid lift done. The lower lids rarely need a second procedure.
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