Blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as eyelid surgery, is a procedure designed to remove excess fat and/or skin on the eyelids. Both the upper and lower eyelids are treatable, and treatment may be considered necessary if an eye specialist determines your field of vision is compromised by your eyelids. In this case, your insurance provider may deem the procedure is required rather than elective and provide coverage.
Eyelid surgery has a cosmetic appeal in that it can provide a youthful appearance to eyes and eyelids that droop or sag. As we age, the muscles in our eyelids lose strength and the skin loses elasticity. A blepharoplasty can restore full capability to the muscles in the eyelids and rejuvenate the skin, providing an all-around more youthful appearance.
Eyelid Surgery Facts
- Anesthesia: General or Sedation
- Inpatient/outpatient: Outpatient
- Length of procedure: 1-2 Hours
- Discomfort: Minimal, but controlled with pain medication
- Anticipate: Mild swelling and Mild bruising
- Recovery: Most patients are back to work within a week’s time
- Final results: 3 to 4 months as the swelling resolves
- Duration of Results: Long-lasting as long as the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise
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There are two forms of eyelid surgery; each designed to address specific needs. An upper blepharoplasty (‘upper eyelid lift’) will fix a heavy appearance to the upper eyelids. Referred to as ‘hooding,’ overly heavy upper eyelids can restrict vision. Correcting this will restore the field of vision and yield a refreshed appearance to your eyelids.
The procedure used to address the bottom eyelids is called a lower blepharoplasty, which provides a youthful appearance by removing excess skin and tissue to restore the skin’s elasticity. A lower blepharoplasty can be approached via a transconjunctival approach (i.e. no external incisions), or a Subciliary approach (an external incision right underneath the lower eyelashes). The only way to know which procedure is best for your needs is to consult with an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon such as Matthew Malamet, MD.
Dr. Malamet is a Manhattan-trained plastic surgeon with a passion for providing impeccable results to his eyelid surgery patients. Schedule a consultation today to see what Encino plastic surgeon, Matthew Malamet, MD can do for you.