Eyelid surgery must be specifically designed depending upon the condition of the eyelids. For example, some patients only need to have correction on their lower lids, while others need both upper and lower eyelids.
Patients with droopy eyelids may only need to have skin removed, while patients with baggy eyelids may need both skin and fat removed.
Patients with “crows feet” or fine lines and wrinkles may need a combination of blepharoplasty with a light laser resurfacing or Botox for perfect solutions.
In this procedure a slight incision is made inside your lower eyelid, leaving no visible scar. Transconjunctival blepharoplasty does not tighten the skin but reduces the puffiness in the lower eyelid region.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty: Now in case of fat on the upper eyelid, an incision is made in the fold just below the eyebrow bone and extends into the outer creases of your eye. Excess skin and tissue are removed and the incision is stitched. Normally since the incision is in the fold, it is hardly visible.
The blepharoplasty procedure normally takes anywhere between one to three hours, depending on the technique used and the extent of the repair.
Initially, the incisions will look red and somewhat bumpy but eventually the scars would fade away. You will need to avoid straining, bending and lifting during the early postoperative period. Thin scars may remain slightly pink for six months or so, but can easily be concealed with makeup which you can apply within the first week.
Blepharoplasty can make a significant difference in the appearance of the face, erasing the appearance of tiredness and old age by eliminating the excess, wrinkly skin beneath the eyes. Eyes appear fresher and more youthful, and the results may last for many years.
After surgery, the doctor will lubricate your eyes with ointment to reduce dryness in the area. Your vision may be blurred temporarily from the ointment. The first evening after surgery, you will need to rest quietly with your head elevated and to apply cold compresses to your eyelids.
In most cases you will be able to resume most of your normal activities in ten days or less. You shall be asked to avoid exposure to direct sunlight for a few days and for the long-term use a sunscreen lotion to protect your skin.
Yes, this procedure is covered under medical insurance.