Lose the Loose Skin, Wrinkles, and Puffiness with Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery is also called blepharoplasty. It is usually done to eliminate wrinkles and eyelid puffiness while tightening the drooping loose skin around the eye. The procedure gives an alert and youthful look. It drastically lessens bagginess in the lower eyelids while trimming the upper eyelids to remove excess skin. The results of the procedure are not permanent. It usually last between five and seven years, but this differs according to the situation.

The surgery has the ability to remove or adjust excess drooping muscle, skin, and fat from the eyelids. It is performed by plastic surgeons as a cosmetic and/or functional procedure. Health insurance typically doesn’t cover the costs of this kind of surgery, but when it is done to address functional issues, there is a chance of partial coverage. It is important to check this with your health insurance provider.

Why Perform Eyelid Surgery?

The procedure of eyelid surgery is typically done for cosmetic reasons. Due to aging, the skin loses elasticity; this causes excessive skin to accumulate on the lower and upper eyelids. Additional tissues in the lower eyelids can lead to unwanted bulges and wrinkles. These can be aesthetically unappealing.

In extreme cases, skin can fold on the upper eyelid while hanging over the eyelashes. This can obstruct vision. Correcting this using blepharoplasty makes it a functional procedure. This issue is common among older people. It is important to keep in mind that this surgery tightens the skin and gives an eye lift but does not eradicate crow’s feet, dark circles, and other facial wrinkles.

What Happens During the Surgery?

Eye lift surgery is done under the influence of local anesthesia with IV sedation, so it is painless and comfortable for the patient. During the procedure, incisions are made along the eyelids. For the upper eyelids, the incision is made along the natural fold. For the lower eyelids, the incision is made either on the inside of the lid or just below the lash line on the outside of the lid.

The excess tissues are surgically removed, and tissue adhesive is applied around the eyelids and eyebrows. After this, the incisions are closed with small stitches. In doing so, the area is tightened and smoothed out. The duration of this surgery depends on the goals of the patient. It also depends on if the patient requires the procedure on their upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or on both sets.

After the surgery, topical antibiotic gels or ointments are generally applied. For normal cases, unwanted results and complications are typically rare after an eyelid surgery. It is thus considered extremely safe.

Who Is Eligible for the Surgery?

Good candidates are people who have excessive sagging around their eyes and want to eliminate it. A person is only eligible if they do not have surgical risk factors. To ensure this, tests for dry eye problems, thyroid issues, and diabetes are vital. It is important to note that smokers are a major risk for surgical complications.

Ready to Learn More?

Would you like to find out more about the many benefits of eyelid surgery? Dr. Mitchell D. Kaye is a well-respected surgeon with years of experience and will be happy to discuss the procedure with you during a consultation. Schedule your consultation by contacting us today.

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