Arizona Eye Center Procedures – Blepharoplasty
Excessive skin on the upper eyelid can droop heavily over the lashes and interfere with vision. Excessive skin below the lower eyelid can weigh it down. Likewise, when the muscles of the upper and lower eyelids lose their elasticity the eyelids may droop or fall, a medical condition known as ptosis. Severely sagging skin or ptosis of the lids can impair vision in the peripheral and central fields, can lead to blurry vision, and can even result in postural pain and problems due to the need to position the head awkwardly in order to “see around” the visual field blockage caused by the excess skin or droopy lids.
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgery that can restore the visual field and repair droopy or sagging eyelids by removing excess skin, muscle, and fat. In addition to addressing and correcting the vision problems caused by sagging lids, blepharoplasty has the added aesthetic benefit of providing the patient with a more youthful appearance. This nearly instant improvement in appearance has led to blepharoplasty becoming one of today’s most commonly performed elective cosmetic surgeries.
As with most cosmetic surgery, when performed to improve appearance only, blepharoplasty is generally not covered by insurance. However, if sagging skin or drooping lids significantly obstruct the field of vision, upper lid blepharoplasty may be considered a medically necessary procedure. When excess skin rests heavily on the upper lashes, or when the lid has fallen to the level of the pupil, it is likely that blepharoplasty will be covered to correct associated vision impairment. Because excess skin on the lower lid rarely, if ever, interferes with vision, a lower lid blepharoplasty is usually not a covered procedure.
The procedure normally takes less than one hour and pain from the procedure is usually minimal. The incisions are precise and well-hidden, leading to minimal scarring. A comprehensive pre-operative eye evaluation by an ophthalmologist is necessary when considering blepharoplasty in order to address any eye conditions or problems that can result in possible post-operative complications, including pre-existing dry eye syndrome. Bruising and swelling from the surgery usually resolves within a couple of weeks. As with any surgery, blepharoplasty carries some risks, such as infection, bleeding, or reaction to anesthesia.
At Arizona Eye Center, our focus is on the patient’s eyes. We perform blepharoplasty to reduce or completely eliminate impaired vision caused by excess eyelid skin or ptosis and provide patients with a more youthful appearance; all while taking great care to ensure the future health and integrity of your eyes.