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What it is
A blepharoplasty is a precise and effective procedure designed to address dermatochalasis of the eyelids. Dermatochalasis refers to the presence of surplus skin and/or fatty tissue on the eyelids, which can occur in either the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. With a blepharoplasty, we will carefully remove the excess skin and fatty tissue, leaving you with a beautifully refreshed appearance.
Our goal is to help you regain a youthful and rejuvenated look that boosts your confidence and enhances your natural beauty. Experience the transformative power of blepharoplasty and discover a new level of radiance and vitality.
How it works
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
An upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can be combined with other treatments like brow repair, upper eyelid ptosis repair, or a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. This type of surgery can be performed in an office setting under local anesthesia or in an outpatient facility where you have the option to receive IV sedation.
During the procedure, excess skin is carefully marked out and removed. Additionally, muscle and some fat may be removed or repositioned for optimal results. While there may be bruising and swelling following the surgery, it typically subsides within 1-2 weeks. You can expect to resume your routine activities after just a couple of days. Our experienced team is here to guide you through the entire process, ensuring your comfort and satisfaction every step of the way.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
A lower eyelid blepharoplasty can be performed as a standalone procedure or in combination with other treatments. During the surgery, the incision for a lower blepharoplasty is typically made on the outside of the eyelid, just below the lashes. This allows for the removal or repositioning of excess skin and fat while also tightening the eyelid. In cases where younger patients may not require skin removal, the incision can be made on the inside of the eyelid (transconjunctival,) resulting in no visible incision.
Both approaches can help achieve a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance of the eyelids. Our skilled team will guide you through the process and tailor the treatment to your unique needs. Experience the transformative effects of lower blepharoplasty and regain confidence in your refreshed and youthful look.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is eyelid surgery?
A blepharoplasty is a procedure used to correct drooping of the upper and lower eyelids caused by dermatochalasis. A blepharoplasty is accomplished by removing excess skin and fat from the eyelids. Upper lid blepharoplasties are performed through an incision along the eyelid's natural crease. Lower lid blepharoplasties are performed through an incision just below the lower lash line or through an incision on the inside of the lower lid.
Why choose eyelid surgery over other treatments?
Eyelid surgery can quickly and easily correct drooping eyelids and other surrounding facial issues, including under-eye bags and heavy, tired-looking eyes. In most cases, these issues cannot be corrected long-term with injectables, topicals, or other treatments. The best option for lasting correction is surgery.
What can I expect during recovery and healing?
Recovery periods for eyelid surgeries can vary depending on the extent of the procedure. However, most patients are back to their normal activities within one week. Side effects can vary from patient to patient. Most patients experience mild to moderate swelling for three to four days following their procedure and may be bruised for up to two weeks. Redness and bruising at the incision site are also common, as is short term blurred vision, watery eyes, light sensitivity or dryness. Patients can use cold compresses and keep their head elevated after surgery to help alleviate some of the bruising and swelling. Dr. Linder provides additional post-op instructions prior to surgery.
Sutures are removed one week after your surgery and Dr. Linder usually likes to see you again one month after surgery. Additional visits may be scheduled as needed.
Can I drive myself home after surgery?
No. Regardless of the procedure, Dr. Linder and the surgical facility will only release patients to a friend, relative, or other designated driver. This person is required to drive you to surgery, wait for you in the waiting room, and then drive you home. Even if you feel well enough to drive, taking precautions is important, especially during the first few days after your surgery.
Will insurance cover my eyelid surgery?
Insurance will cover your surgery only if there is significant visual obstruction due to eyelid drooping. If your eyelid drooping is to a degree where insurance may cover the procedure, we will do the appropriate tests to prove medical necessity and submit the information to your insurance company and try to get the procedure approved for you. If your eyelids are not drooping to the point where they affect your vision, your surgery will be considered a cosmetic procedure and Dr. Linder will discuss self-pay pricing with you. Lower eyelid sagging and fat pouches are never covered by insurance and will be performed as a cosmetic procedure.
Although we don't offer payment plans for our services, we do accept credit card, or Care Credit for payment. You can apply for a healthcare credit card at www.carecredit.com. You will pay us with your Care Credit card prior to your service and then pay your Care Credit bill monthly as you like.
Is there anything I should do prior to surgery?
On the day of your surgery, you must do two important things. 1.) Do not eat or drink 8 hours prior to your surgery, and 2.) Arrange transportation to and from your surgery. Your transportation must be with you at check-in, wait for you in the waiting room during your procedure, then drive you home.
Five to seven days prior to surgery you need to stop taking any aspirin products and blood thinners. If you are not on a prescription blood thinner you just make sure you don't take any products with aspirin in them. (Aspirin, Alleve, Ibuprofen, BC Powder, Fish Oil, etc. Tylenol/acetaminophen products are OK.)
If you are on prescription blood thinners, you will need a cardio clearance from the doctor who prescribes them stating that they approve you to quit the medicine five days prior to surgery or however many days they feel you are safe to be off of the medicine. Our office helps you with this. Make sure to let us know which blood thinner you take and what doctor prescribes them.