Blepharoplasty FAQ

What is Blepharoplasty:
Also known as surgery on the eyelid, blepharoplasty is an operative procedure devised to provide a younger look to the eyes. It is achieved by the removal of excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Fat of the lower eyes may be repositioned to prevent a “hollow eye” appearance following lower eyelid fat removal. The procedure may also enhance vision in situations where excess skin of the upper eyelids has sagged to the degree that it hinders with peripheral vision.

During Blepharoplasty, what type of anesthesia is used?
The most typically used anesthesia during Blepharoplasty is local in conjunction with light intravenous sedation.

Is it necessary to stay overnight after Blepharoplasty surgery?
Blepharoplasty is considered to be an outpatient procedure and there is not requirement to stay overnight.

After Blepharoplasty, will there be any scars?
There are scars involved with Blepharoplasty just as there is with the majority of other types of surgery. Normally though the scars are hardly seen after a few months and this is because the incisions are put in the normal creases and folds of the upper and lower eyelids. For those patients that only have to have fat removed from their lower eyelids may have incisions made on the inside of their eyelid and therefore having scars going on detectable.

How will blepharoplasty help with my drooping eyebrows or crow’s feet?
There are procedures developed for elevating a drooping eyebrow or elminating wrinkles around the eyes and Blepharoplasty is not one of them.

Will Blepharoplasty help with the dark circles under my eyes?
Blepharoplasty can slightly help with the dark circles under the eye that are caused by large bags. But the darkness of the lower eyelid skin usually stays even after blepharoplasty. In this case, then chemical peels and laser resurfacing can help.

Are the results permanent?
Since the fat around the eyes will not regrow after being removed, the results of blepharoplasty are usually long lasting.

Insurance and Blepharoplasty procedures:
Some insurance companies will cover Blepharoplasty procedures when excess skin is causing visual impairment, otherwise known as visual restriction. We recommend that each patient check with their own insurance company to fully understand what coverage they have available.

About Blepharoplasty recovery:
There will be some bruising that will last from four to eight weeks, so you may want to postpone any social engagements. As a general rule of thumb, most patient return back to work by week two.

At what point are the stiches removed?
Three to five days following Blepharoplasty, the stiches will be removed.

Will the shape of my eye change following blepharoplasty?
The skin of the upper and lower eyelids are changed during blepharoplasty. Generally the shape of the eye changes so that it appears more open and less tired.


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