Eyelid surgery removes excess skin and fat. Both upper and lower eyelids are commonly treated at the same time but can be treated separately. The surgical term for this eyelid surgery is blepharoplasty.
Is Eyelid Surgery Covered by Insurance?
In most cases, eyelid surgery is cosmetic and not covered by insurance. This surgery is one of the procedures that can be performed as early as age 30.
How Long Does Eyelid Surgery Take?
Both upper and lower eyelid surgery combined will take approximately 1.25 hours. General anesthesia is preferred by most patients. There may be some mild stinging after surgery from the incisions but often this can be treated with cold compresses. The day after surgery, there will be swelling and some bruising. That can take two weeks or less to resolve. All sutures are removed at one week after surgery.
Generally, more skin and less fat is removed from the upper eyelids. The fat is in two compartments. After your examination, Dr. Brantner can advise whether your upper eyelid surgery might be covered by insurance. For upper eyelid insurance coverage, a visual field exam is necessary and must show significant obstruction of visual fields. The incision is placed in the fold of the upper eyelid and is usually not visible with the eyes open. Sutures are removed one week after surgery.
More fat and less skin is removed from the lower eyelids. The fat is in three compartments and is removed through an incision inside the lower eyelid. Excess skin is removed by pinching skin up off the eyelid muscle and forming a ridge of skin to accurately determine the amount to be removed. Sutures are removed one week after surgery.
This is the term for both upper and lower eyelid surgery at the same time. The recovery is not more difficult than if only upper or lower eyelids are treated. The surgery is not disabling and provides a better overall appearance.
Without good support, the lower eyelid can droop causing an almond shape. If the lower eyelids are somewhat lax, a suture can be placed to support the lower lid and this will help avoid a change in shape of the eye.
This is the term used to describe the lower eyelid when it sags downward and turns out. This can be repaired surgically. The occurrence of ectropion following blepharoplasty is related to the elasticity of the lower eyelid and this will be checked by Dr. Brantner during your examination. This is commonly related to the aging process
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