Blepharoplasty, also referred to as eyelid surgery, is a type of plastic surgery used to improve the function and/or appearance of the eyelids. Over time, the skin of the upper eyelids tends to droop, leading to a tired, older, or angry appearance. In addition to these changes, low-hanging or “droopy” eyelids can limit peripheral vision and in some cases even make central vision blurred. A blepharoplasty works to resolve these issues by raising the eyelids’ position on the eye and creating a younger and healthier appearance.
How Blepharoplasty Works
In an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, your surgeon starts by taking precise measurements of the eyelids in multiple positions to ensure that your eyelids will open and close naturally and completely after surgery. Next, small incisions are made in the natural contours and lines of the upper eyelids to expose the extra tissue. Once incisions are made, the excess fatty tissue and skin that causes the drooping is removed and the eyelid is closed with tiny sutures. Because of their placement and size, these incisions are barely visible and fade quickly over time.
Similar to the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids can develop excess skin and fat over time to create a sad or tired appearance. When this occurs, a lower eyelid blepharoplasty may be needed to fully resolve the functional and aesthetic issues that have developed. In a procedure very similar to the upper eyelid procedure, excess tissue will be removed from the lower eyelid to create a refreshed and more youthful appearance. In most cases, blepharoplasty is covered by Medicare and most other insurances.