Many patients are surprised to learn that sagging eyelid skin can affect their overall daily vision. When that droopy skin from the eyelids gathers around the outer edges of the eyelids, it often obstructs the peripheral vision. It is not uncommon for patients to complain most about the outward physical appearance of droopy eyelids and brows. Patients want to look less sullen and tired, and drooping eyelids can disguise a person’s happiness with the image of discontent. One way to easily assess if your eyelids are causing problems with your vision is to hold up the skin while gazing at a fixed object. If you notice that you see the object easier when the lids are raised, then you likely have redundant skin in your upper eyelids. This can very easily be improved with a bilateral upper lid blepharoplasty.
What is a blepharoplasty?
The blepharoplasty procedure involves surgically removing the copious eyelid tissue that has gathered around the eye, due to aging, sun exposure, or other causes. This excess skin can take away from the naturally-inviting and captivating appearance of the eyes. The eyes are so unique, and we are naturally drawn to a person’s eyes, when making conversation or introductions. Taking this into consideration, a sharply-determined, strategic incision is placed in the natural crease of the eyelid, to allow for the best postoperative appearance, with little scar visibility. The sutures placed during the procedure are specifically constructed for delicate procedures, and great care and mastery are used while closing the incision. The procedure is performed with local anesthesia, most commonly, though general anesthesia (the process of being asleep during surgery) may be required. Oral sedation is not common with this procedure, but your surgeon may suggest this, if it seems warranted for your surgery.
Will recovery take a long time?
While any facial surgery procedure takes a fair amount of time to properly recover, the blepharoplasty recovery period is relatively swift. In 5-10 days following surgery, many patients notice improvement in symptoms and the overall appearance of the eyelids. There will be some pain and swelling initially, but this will continue to improve over time. As with any surgery a patient undergoes, properly following post-op instructions and follow-up are imperative to achieving the best results. A schedule for icing the eyelids and antibiotic applications will be given, and adhering to this schedule will make a tremendous amount of difference in the final outcome. Patients do often remark that the general improvement in vision and overall appearance following surgery justifies every step of the process, and the vast majority of patients are ecstatic with the finished look. We would encourage you to take a look through our Before/After page (link to page) to see some of our many success stories.
Is there any chance that insurance will cover this procedure?
If your initial consultation reveals findings that indicate you may qualify for a medically-necessary upper-lid blepharoplasty, our office will submit documentation to your insurance company for prior approval. We cannot guarantee that your insurance company will find you meet their qualifications for medical coverage, but we have had some success in working together with insurance companies to improve a patient’s vision. In our experience, this
process has taken more time than usual, as some insurance companies require different tests or photos to determine eligibility. We will work closely with your insurance company and do our best to present evidence of eligibility to cover as much of the cost as your particular insurance plan will allow. In the end, if your procedure is denied coverage by medical insurance, we do have financing options available.
What if I would like to have additional things about my eyes addressed while I have my blepharoplasty?
There are other procedures that can be done to improve the overall appearance of the eyes and reduce the signs of eye fatigue and aging, such as brow lift and lower lid blepharoplasty. We would be happy to discuss these alternatives and which might be the best options to perform together for your desired outcome. These additional procedures, however, are considered cosmetic and not covered by medical insurance. All cosmetic procedures require payment prior to surgery, and Financing is available (link to Financing page).
Who performs these procedures?
Dr. Stephen Weber, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and owner of Weber Facial Plastic Surgery, P.C., is the trusted provider of these and many other intricate facial procedures. Dr. Weber has an extensive background in aesthetic and facial plastic surgery; and he is also an active participant in the “Face to Face” program, which allows plastic surgeons to donate their services to victims of domestic violence.