Blepharoplasty

As you age, your eyelids stretch, and the muscles supporting them weaken. As a result, excess fat may gather above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, drooping upper lids and bags under your eyes. Besides making you look older, severely sagging skin around your eyes can also impair your vision.

Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) repairs droopy eyelids by removing excess skin, muscle and fat. Blepharoplasty is usually done on an outpatient basis. To help decide if blepharoplasty is right for you, find out what you can realistically expect and explore the benefits and risks involved with blepharoplasty.

You might consider blepharoplasty if excess tissue keeps your eyes from opening completely. Removing this tissue can improve vision and make your eyes appear younger and more alert. Specifically, blepharoplasty may be an option if you have:

  • Baggy or puffy upper eyelids

  • Excess skin on lower eyelids

  • Dark circles or bags under eyes

  • If upper eyelid skin is blocking and/or disrupting your daily activities such as, driving, reading or seeing peripherally.

Blepharoplasty may be performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as a brow lift, face-lift or skin resurfacing. If you have the surgery only to improve your appearance, it might not be covered by insurance.

You will be given a Goldman Visual Field test to determine if your lids are interfering with your vision.  This test is done by looking into a cone-shaped screen and clicking a button, held in your hand, every time you see the small lights flicker in front of you.

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