As we age, it is not uncommon to develop puffy eyelids and bags under the eyes. This not only makes you look older but can start actually interfering with your vision. Plastic surgery on the eyelid, called blepharoplasty, can lift and rejuvenate the eyelid area to create a more youthful appearance and improve your overall vision. Blepharoplasty is actually one of the most common facial plastic surgeries performed today, but most people may not be familiar with it.
Here are some common questions about blepharoplasty that will aid in your understanding of the procedure:
What are some conditions that blepharoplasty corrects?
- Loose, sagging skin that creates folds above the eye
- Excess skin that disturbs the natural contour of the eye and impairs vision
- Fatty deposits that make the upper eyelid appear puffy
- Bags under the eyes
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles in the lower eyelid
- Drooping of the lower eyelid, showing the white under the iris (colored part of the eye)
What is the difference between cosmetic and functional blepharoplasty?
Sagging upper lids and puffy lower lids can be corrected by cosmetic blepharoplasty, which can remove or reshape excess skin. The best part is that an incision can be made in the crease of the eye so it is hidden and it heals easily.
Functional blepharoplasty can have a restorative effect on an eyelid that has been affected by cancer, trauma, infection or degeneration.
Who performs blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is usually performed by a surgeon who is trained in both plastic surgery and ophthalmology. Oculoplastics combines the detailed surgical techniques of ophthalmology with the aesthetic aspect of plastic surgery.
Will my procedure be covered by health insurance?
In the case where a droopy eyelid is obstructing your vision, your health insurance may help cover the cost of blepharoplasty. A simple visual field test can help identify whether your vision is affected by ptosis or dermatochlasis. Talk to your ophthalmologist about whether blepharoplasty can help with your drooping eyelids. If you need to find a qualified eye care professional in your area, please use our physician locator tool.