Q – What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure which can restore a refreshed and more youthful appearance to the eye area. Blepharoplasty corrects redundant skin and fat of the upper and lower eyelids including sagging of the upper lids and puffy bags below the lower lids.
Q – Who is a good candidate for blepharoplasty?
Healthy men and women with good skin tone who are looking to improve excess skin of the eye area may be good candidates for blepharoplasty.
Q – What happens at a consultation for blepharoplasty?
During the consultation with Dr. Schwartz you will discuss what it is that you dislike about your eyes and what you hope to achieve through surgery. Your eyes and skin will be examined, a thorough medical history taken, and your options discussed. All details of the blepharoplasty procedure will be explained and any questions or concerns that you may have will be addressed.
Q – Where does blepharoplasty surgery take place?
Dr. Schwartz performs blepharoplasty in his office-based facility or at an outpatient surgery center.
Q – What anesthesia is used for blepharoplasty?
Dr. Schwartz performs blepharoplasty with local anesthesia or IV sedation.
Q – How is the blepharoplasty procedure performed?
The surgery begins by making incisions which are well-concealed within the eyelid crease or inside of the eyelid. Working through the incisions, excess skin and fat are removed from the upper and/or lower eyelids.
Q – How long does the blepharoplasty procedure take to perform?
Blepharoplasty surgery takes about one and a half hours to perform.
Q – Where are the incisions made for blepharoplasty?
The incisions for blepharoplasty are well-concealed as they are located in the eyelid crease or inside of the lower eyelid.
Q – Will I have scars after undergoing blepharoplasty?
The incisions made for blepharoplasty are small and hidden as they are located in the eyelid crease or inside of the eyelid. This results in a small, well-concealed scar.
Q – Will I experience any pain after undergoing blepharoplasty?
Patients may experience some temporary discomfort, specifically the eyelids may feel sore or tight. Medication can help to manage discomfort.
Q – What can I expect the recovery to be like after my blepharoplasty surgery?
Patients can expect a recovery time of about five to seven days after blepharoplasty. There may be a sore or tight feeling to the eyelids, but discomfort can be managed with medication. Some bruising and swelling can occur, and most of the bruising will fade in about two to four weeks. Other side effects that may occur during recovery can including temporary itching, dryness, burning, tearing, blurred or double vision, and sensitivity to light. Within five to seven days, the stitches are removed and patients can return to work. Patients should postpone more strenuous activities for about two weeks.
Q – When will I be able to return to work after my blepharoplasty surgery?
Patients can usually return to work in about five to seven days after blepharoplasty.
Q – When will I be able to exercise after my blepharoplasty procedure?
Exercise and other strenuous activities may need to be postponed for about two weeks after blepharoplasty.
Q – When are the stitches removed after the blepharoplasty procedure?
The stitches are removed within five to seven days after the blepharoplasty surgery.
Q – What are the risks of blepharoplasty?
As with all types of surgery, there are potential risks associated with blepharoplasty and these may include bleeding, difficulty in completely closing the eyes, dry eyes, infection, pulling down of the lower lids, slight asymmetry in healing or scarring, swelling at the corners of the eyelids, temporary blurred or double vision, and whiteheads.
Q – Is blepharoplasty covered by insurance?
Blepharoplasty procedures that are performed for cosmetic reasons are generally not covered by insurance. When performed to correct drooping upper lids that interfere with vision, some degree of coverage may be available. Patients should consult with their own insurance carrier.
Q – Can the blepharoplasty surgery be financed?
There are financing options available for many plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery procedures.