Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

What is Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)?

Eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty, is a transformative procedure that can rejuvenate and brighten the eyes by addressing excess skin, muscle, and fat. This surgery is versatile and can be applied to the upper, lower, or both eyelids, providing a tailored solution to individual needs.

Cosmetic eyelid surgery encompasses various techniques, such as the removal or repositioning of fat and skin around the eyes. The lower eyelids, for example, may be accessed through discreet incisions along the lash line or within the eyelid itself. Depending on specific needs, fat may be tightened, repositioned, or removed. Some patients may opt for additional procedures, such as a chemical peel or fat grafting, to address the tear trough, the area beneath the eye.

Certain blepharoplasty methods focus on repositioning or tightening fat pads without significant removal. This approach aims to achieve a more natural appearance while preserving the structural integrity around the eyes.

Considering that the eyelid and brow age together, a simultaneous brow lift may be recommended during eyelid surgery for a comprehensive rejuvenation.

What to Expect During a Blepharoplasty Consultation

Initiating the process involves a consultation with your plastic surgeon. Completion of pre-visit forms (available in Patient Resources) is necessary. During the appointment, you’ll discuss your medical history, allergies, current medications, and any prior surgeries. Clearly defining your aesthetic goals is essential, and you can assist this process by examining your face in the mirror and identifying features that contribute to an aged appearance. Bringing photos from a decade or more ago can further aid in planning.

Your plastic surgeon will conduct an examination to determine the optimal eyebrow shape and position, proposing procedures that yield natural-looking results. Options, including brow lift surgery, chemical peels, laser surgery for the lower lids, transconjunctival lower eyelid surgery, and fat grafting, will be thoroughly discussed.

In cases where eyelid surgery addresses visual obstruction, health insurance may cover certain procedure costs. The plastic surgeon and staff will assess this possibility, potentially coordinating with an ophthalmologist for visual field testing. Consultation photographs may be taken to support insurance claims for surgery expenses.

How is a Blepharoplasty Surgery Performed?

Eyelid surgery can take place in an outpatient surgery setting or an office operating room, with the choice influenced by the surgery type and individual comfort levels. Upper-lid surgeries typically last an hour, while combined upper and lower-lid procedures take approximately an hour and a half. Patients typically spend an hour in the recovery room.

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For more information on eyelid surgery procedures or to schedule your consultation, reach out to Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery today.

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Chris Surek, DO

Chris Surek, DO

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MyChi Le, MD

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