If your eyes are the windows of your soul, your eye lids are the window dressing. If you are noticing that the skin of your eyelids is becoming puffy or saggy, making you look tired or older than you would like, it may be time to consider an eye lid tuck. Blepharoplasty is the term used to describe surgery on the eye lids to remove excess, redundant skin or protruding fat. This can be done on both the upper and lower eyelids. If the fullness or hooding of the upper lids are interfering with your peripheral vision, you insurance may pay for the procedure. Lower eyelid surgery is rarely covered by insurance.
The procedure is usually performed in office with local anesthesia. Upper lid surgery generally takes about 45 to 60 minutes. If lower eyelids are included, that adds another 60 to 90 minutes depending on the extent of the correction necessary. There are incisions made in the skin in upper eye lid crease and just below the lower eye lashes. Stitches are used to close the incisions which remain in place for 7 to 10 days. In some cases of lower eye lid surgery, it is not necessary to remove skin. The protruding fat is removed by making an incision inside the lower lid resulting in no visible scar on the skin.
The resulting improvement in function and appearance lasts for many years. Obviously, a person's age, skin tone, weight gain or loss can affect the long term result.
If would like to make an appointment to discuss cosmetic or functional eyelid surgery, please call the office to make an appointment.