If eyes are the window to the soul, are you keeping people out with the shades drawn? Metaphors aside, sagging eyelids can affect how well you can see people, and how well they can see you. If you feel there is too much skin around your eyes, then you may be interested in learning about blepharoplasty. This procedure can truly help open those windows again! Keep reading for some of the most frequently asked questions regarding blepharoplasty and answers!
What does blepharoplasty treat?
Blepharoplasty is also known as cosmetic eyelid surgery, and is the procedure that changes the upper and lower eyelids through removal of excess skin and/or fat. The areas around the eyes can be affected by a small amount of excess skin and fat, so this procedure makes a big difference with just a few tweaks.
Upper blepharoplasty refers to a correction of the skin that hangs over the upper lid of your eye, which generally includes removal of skin and a little bit of fat above the eyelid. A lower blepharoplasty targets the bags that form under your eyes. Similar to an upper blepharoplasty, a lower blepharoplasty targets the fat and excess skin, just under the eyelid. Generally, there is more fat removed from beneath the lower lid than above the upper lid, though this depends on the patient’s concerns.
How long does the procedure take?
Every person’s concerns are different, but a blepharoplasty generally takes about an hour for either upper or lower. If you want both treatments, you will have a longer procedure. During your consultation, we can look at your eyes and let you know better what kind of timeframe your procedure will require.
Is Blepharoplasty covered by insurance?
If your condition affects your vision, then your insurance may cover blepharoplasty. Generally speaking, if your blepharoplasty is for cosmetic reasons then insurance will not likely cover the procedure. Consult with your insurance if you have any questions about coverage.