upper and lower eyelid surgery

This surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is performed in order to remove or reposition tissues in the upper and lower eyelid. One of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States is an upper lid blepharoplasty, which involves removal of skin, muscle and/or fat.

Functional Eyelid Surgery: As you age, the upper and lower eyelid tissues begin to relax. Stretching and relaxation of the middle layer of the eyelid (orbital septum) allows fat to move forward, resulting in “fullness” to the eyelid. With time, the excess eyelid tissue in the upper eyelid may hang over the eyelid and cause a visual field restriction. If this restriction is significant enough to meet specific criteria established by insurance carriers and Medicare, then upper eyelid blepharoplasty may be a covered reconstructive procedure. Surgical removal of excess skin, muscle, and fat (if needed) may lead to an improved and more comfortable field of view for you. At times, only one eye may need this procedure.

Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery: Unfortunately, with aging, the upper and lower eyelids become droopy or baggy in appearance. Excess eyelid tissue may create a tired look, a heavy feeling to the eyelid area and make you look and feel older. Aesthetically, such conditions may detract from the overall attractiveness of your eyes. Removal of the excess skin and fat from either or both of the upper and lower eyelids can restore a younger, more rested facial appearance.

Your own results may vary – be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about what you can expect and when to schedule your next appointment.

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