How to Fix your Drooping or Baggy Eyelids
- Posted on: Dec 30 2017
Age or genetics can both contribute to drooping or baggy eyelids. This condition can be rectified using eyelid surgery, otherwise known as blepharoplasty. This specialized eye surgery can diminish bagginess from the lower lids and get rid of extra skin on the upper lids. Typically, eyelid surgery is done for cosmetic purposes. But in some cases, it is done to improve sight if drooping eyelids are getting in the way of clear vision. Here’s what Consultants in Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery can do if you find drooping eyelids cumbersome or annoying.
A blepharoplasty procedure lasts about two hours if both the upper and lower eyelids are treated at the same time. Before the start of your procedure, your doctor will use a local anesthesia that works as a painkiller for the eye area. Or, you may receive IV sedation. The surgeon will begin on your upper eyelids by making a small incision along the natural line of your eyelids. Through this opening, they will remove any excess skin and fat (or muscle if needed). Next, the cut will be closed using minuscule stitches. These stitches will remain in place for up to one week.
For the lower lids, your surgeon will cut inside of the lid to remove fat. This cut will not be noticeable and may not require stitches. Another approach involves making in incision along the eyelash margin.
It is rare to experience complications from blepharoplasty, but they can include: vision loss, inability to completely close eyes, dry eyes, infection, bleeding, or eye lid skin that folds abnormally. If you experience any of these problems, call your doctor directly.
As a general rule, health insurance companies do not cover cosmetic procedures. If you need eyelid surgery for medical reasons, you may qualify for coverage. Be sure to call your insurance company to clarify the coverage you may or may not receive for blepharoplasty.
Schedule a consultation
If you have drooping or baggy eyelids, blepharoplasty may be an excellent option for you. Schedule a consultation today with Consultants in Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery. You can reach us at 248-357-5100.
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