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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Description
Removal of excess skin and/or fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids, or repositioning and tightening of eyelid tissues to make eye area appear more youthful and less tired.

Length of Surgery
One to three hours

In / Outpatient
Outpatient

Anesthesia
Local with Conscious IV Sedation or General

Recovery Time from Treatment
Return to work in 5 to 14 days.  Avoid strenuous activity for 3 weeks.

Treatment Frequency
Generally once, but the effects of aging will continue.

Risks-Include but not limited to
Infection, bleeding, impaired eyelid function, asymmetry, complications related to anesthesia.

Duration of Results
Approximately 10 to 20 years, but may be affected by lifestyle factors and heredity.

Essential Questions

  1. What techniques do you recommend for my upper and/or lower Blepharoplasty?
  2. Where will the incisions and resulting scars be located?
  3. What type of anesthesia do you recommend?
  4. Will I look less tired?
  5. Will eyelid surgery alone achieve my goals?

Inside Tip
If your upper eyelid skin sags so far down that your vision is significantly impaired, this surgery may be considered reconstructive and possibly eligible for insurance coverage. Your ophthalmologist or optometrist would perform a Visual Field test and then your insurance company would determine if you qualify for coverage.

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