Blepharoplasty

 

Blepharoplasty

 

An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a procedure that helps correct drooping, heavy eyelids, excessive skin and to add or remove fat from the eyelids. It can also correct puffy eyelids resulting from excess fatty tissue. The most common causes of this type of eyelid are age and genetics. 

Upper eyelid excess skin and fat can create a heavy looking eyelid, aged appearance, puffiness, and sometimes block the upper field of vision. Upper blepharoplasty is performed to remove excess skin and fat and can improve the field of vision. Upper blepharoplasty surgery uses incisions to allow for removal of skin and fat. A thin stitch is then used to bring the skin together to allow for a creation of an eyelid crease.

Lower blepharoplasty can be performed to remove excess skin and improve the contour of the eyelid by adding or removing fat. The ideal candidate has eyes that appear swollen and tired. Sometimes tightening the eyelid is needed to correct sagging, while laser skin resurfacing can be used to improve wrinkles and skin texture. Lower eyelid surgery can involve skin incisions directly below the lash line or an incision on the inside of the eyelid, called a transconjunctival approach. The transconjunctival approach allows for access to the eyelid without visible incisions, making this technique perfect for patients who need fat removed or added.The incision is closed, and the end result is eyes that appear more alert, alive and less irritated*.  

 

Determining the right procedure or technique for each patient will be determined at the time of consultation. With both the upper and lower blepharoplasty, there is very minimal scarring because of the locations of the incisions*.The recovery process takes a few weeks. After a few days, you’ll be able to read and watch TV, and resume most activities. During the recovery process, you may need to clean your eyes with a special solution. 

Eyes have been called the “window to the soul.” If you are unhappy with the appearance of your eyes, schedule your appointment with Dr. Haupt today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAQs

What are the common risks of Blepharoplasty surgery?

Every surgery has risks.   The common risks that are involved in Blepharoplasty surgery are a change in lower or upper eyelid position, remaining skin wrinkles or fat bags, and a persistent dryness of the eyes.

Will my insurance company pay for Blepharoplasty surgery because my vision is affected?

Patients, who have an excessive amount of upper eyelid skin or even an extreme case of heaviness to the lower eyelid skin would need to contact their insurance company first, then will need to undergo a Visual Field test to confirm that the excess skin is affecting the peripheral vision.  After these steps are complete, contact our office to insure we take your insurance. Only a complete medical evaluation can determine if you might fall into this category.

How long is the recovery period?

Patients should stay home and rest for approximately one week following surgery.  During the first week the stiches are removed in a post-op visit.  Patients will have swelling as well as noticeable bruising after surgery.   Within seven to ten days after surgery patients can usually return to normal daily activities.

Is Blepharoplasty surgery painful?

Patients are pleasantly surprised regarding the minimal amount of pain or discomfort associated with Blepharoplasty surgery.  The most discomfort is from having a dry and or scratchy eye sensation following surgery.  This can be elevated by eye drops and pain medications that Dr. Haupt recommends or prescribes for the patient.

When can I return to work or school?

A healthy individual who does not smoke and maintains their at home care should be able to return to work or school approximately one week after your surgery.