What you need to know about eyelid surgery
- Posted on: Mar 15 2022
Many people start to see the signs of aging around their eyes, and eyelids begin to droop when you get into your 30s and 40s. You may be wondering when is the ideal time to begin thinking about addressing your eyelids and consider surgery.
Here are some quick facts about eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty.
- As you age, the delicate eyelid area will stretch, and muscles that support the eyelids and eyelid area start to weaken. This causes sagging eyelids, droopiness under the eyelids and bags under the eyes.
- Eyelid surgery is often done for cosmetic reasons, but patients may also want it done when the droopy eyelids start to reduce their peripheral or side vision. Sometimes insurance will cover this procedure since it impairs vision. You’ll want to check with your insurance provider.
- Eyelid surgery consists of removing excess skin, muscle and fat in the eyelid, making the eyes appear younger and more alert.
- When surgery is done on the upper eyelid, it’s known as upper blepharoplasty. The surgeon makes small incisions along the fold of the eyelids, removing excess skin, muscle and fat and closing the incision. The resulting scar will be hidden as the scar fades over time.
- When surgery is done on the lower eyelid, it’s known as lower blepharoplasty. The incision is made just below the lashes inside the natural crease or inside the lower lid. Excess fat and muscle is removed or redistributed, excess skin removed and the incision is closed.
- Many patients choose to undergo eyelid surgery at the same time as other procedures such as skin resurfacing or a brow lift. These procedures all work to complement each other and enhance results.
- It’s important to be in good overall health. You will undergo a physical examination and vision exam to make sure you are a good candidate to have surgery.
- Eyelid surgery is a popular procedure with a high patient satisfaction rate. It gives patients a more rested, youthful appearance, and gives them more self-confidence.
Interested in learning more? Schedule a consultation for eyelid surgery by calling our Everett office at (425) 259-2020.
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