What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a procedure that removes lax skin from the upper eyelid or bulging tissue below the lower eyelid. This process not only improves the appearance of the eyelid(s) but function as well. In addition, it can aid in boosting one's field of view. If sagging tissue around your eyes is causing functional issues, cosmetic concerns, or obstructing your vision, give Baton Rouge Eye Physicians a call today. With blepharoplasty, our skilled ophthalmologists can trim away excess skin and small fatty deposits to improve your aesthetic and vision. Contact our eye clinic in Baton Rouge, LA to learn more.
What are the benefits of blepharoplasty?
There are several benefits of blepharoplasty, including:
- Reduction of wrinkles above and below the eyes
- Vision improvements in some patients
- Customized procedure plans
- A more youthful appearance
- Long-lasting results
Am I A Candidate For Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a cosmetic surgery that is performed on both women and men. During the initial consult, treatment options will be discussed with Dr. Small or Dr. Peavy based on your symptoms that need to be corrected. Generally, ideal candidates are frustrated with excess, hanging skin and folds on the upper eyelid or puffy skin below the bottom eyelid. These conditions can cause functional and vision difficulties that can hinder everyday activities. For a rejuvenated appearance, eyelid surgery may be the right procedure for you. If you have loose skin that droops on the upper eyelid or bags and circles under the eyes, blepharoplasty can treat this to provide you with a softer, refreshed, and rejuvenated appearance.
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How is blepharoplasty performed?
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed with general anesthesia and usually takes 45 minutes to two hours to complete. Treatment time will vary, depending on whether the upper, lower, or both sets of eyelids will be addressed. For the upper eyelid, an incision is made within the natural crease of the lid and excess tissue is removed. The remaining skin is then sutured together. The process is essentially the same for the lower eyelid, but the incision is made within the lower lash line. Once your surgery is finished, you will be free to go home.
What Should I Expect After Eyelid Surgery?
After the procedure, you should expect to rest for a few days. A cold compress can assist in reducing swelling, bruising, and discomfort. On average, full recovery takes about 10 – 14 days, and incisions can take months to fade. The results from blepharoplasty may last a decade or longer, but while they are lasting, the aging process does not stop. To maintain your surgical outcomes, facial rejuvenation treatments at Baton Rouge Eye Physicians, such as injections, fillers, and lasers, can be paired to create an even more youthful-looking appearance.
Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
When hanging skin is limiting your vision, your health insurance might pay for part of your eyelid lift. Please talk to our team during your consultation if you are considering using your insurance. A team member at Baton Rouge Eye Physicians can help you submit the needed information and paperwork to your provider to consider your claim. In most cases, you will require a diagnosis from an optometrist or ophthalmologist that an eyelid lift will improve your field of vision.
What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
An eyelid lift doesn't just help refresh your face, but it can also improve other aspects of your life. You may discover your vision field expanding when hanging skin on your upper eyelid is gone. It can also be easier to put on eye makeup when your upper lid is smooth. Getting rid of fine lines, paper-thin skin, puffy bags, and dark circles under your eyes may make your eyes appear fuller and brighter without a lot of makeup.
Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles might be better addressed with a facelift or brow lift because the results of the eyelid surgery are limited to the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty can be combined with a nonsurgical treatment like BOTOX®, which can smooth wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. Wrinkle fillers, like JUVÉDERM® or Restylane®, can help to add volume to hollow areas for a fuller appearance. During your initial consultation, our eye care professionals will develop your custom treatment plan based on your goals.
Do you have droopy upper eyelids or bags under your eyes that are impairing your vision? At Baton Rouge Eye Physicians, we offer blepharoplasty to address these aesthetic and functional concerns to restore a more alert and natural appearance. Contact our office in Baton Rouge, LA today to schedule a consultation to see if upper or lower eyelid surgery is right for you.