The Problem: When eyelids droop or bulge, the face can appear fatigued and tired despite adequate rest and good health.
The Goal: Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can correct sagging upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes.
The Procedure: Removal of excess fat, skin and muscle.
Insurance Coverage: Sometimes the sagging in the upper eyelids is so significant that it can obstruct an individual’s vision. In these situations, the upper blepharoplasty may be covered by health insurance.
Length: Usually 60-90 minutes.
Anesthesia: Local anesthetic or general (asleep).
Hospital Stay: Usually outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling and bruising. Temporary dryness, burning and itching of eyes. Excessive tearing and sensitivity to light for first few weeks.
Risks: Temporary blurred or double vision, infection, bleeding, swelling at the corners of the eyelids, dry eyes and formation of whiteheads. Slight asymmetry in healing or scarring. Difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely permanent). Pulling down of the lower lids (may require further surgery). Blindness (extremely rare). Patients must have controlled blood pressure and be off aspirin-containing products for two weeks prior to surgery.
Recovery: No reading or watching television for two to three days. Stitches usually removed in the first week. Back to work usually after seven to ten days. No contact lense: two weeks or more. No strenuous activities, or alcohol for about three weeks. Bruising and swelling gone in several weeks.
Duration of Results: Several years.
Please call 561.655.6622 to schedule your consultation.
*All information on this site provides general information about plastic surgery. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon and it does not address your individual medical needs which will determine which treatment options are right for you.