Drooping eyelids can interfere with vision and make for tired-looking, aged eyes. At Eye Medical Clinic, we offer a unique approach to eyelid surgery that can restore a bright-eyed, youthful appearance.
What is Blepharoplasty?
The medical term for eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty is designed to correct the drooping or sagging skin of the upper and/or lower eyelids.
What can blepharoplasty accomplish? Glad you asked! Blepharoplasty can:
- Remove excess skin and fat from upper and lower lids
- Reduce upper eyelid fold
- Sharpen eyelid crease
- Eliminate lower lid puffiness
- In some cases, improve vision (functional upper eyelid blepharoplasty)
- Create a more youthful, refreshed appearance
Who is a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
With age, the skin and muscles of the eyelid can begin to sag and droop. Additionally, the fat that surrounds and cushions the eyeball can bulge forward through the skin of the upper and/or lower lid. Excess skin, muscle and fat can weigh down the upper lid and in some cases, impair vision. If you have any of the following, eyelid surgery might be right for you:
Tired looking eyes
Upper eyelid skin hanging over normal lid crease
Bulges, bags or puffiness under the lower lid
Smaller or more saggy-appearing eyes
Are There Different Kinds of Eyelid Surgery?
At Eye Medical Clinic, we offer two different types of eyelid surgery that address both functional and aesthetic concerns.
Functional Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty addresses upper eyelid droopiness that is significant enough to interfere with vision and daily tasks like reading and driving.
- Removes excess skin and fat hanging over normal lid crease
- Medicare and private insurance will cover at least a portion
- Consultation, exam and testing can help determine coverage eligibility
Lower Blepharoplasty addresses loose skin and puffiness of the lower eyelid, helping to restore a more rested and youthful appearance.
- Deflates the lower eyelid fold and reduces lower lid puffiness
- As lower lids rarely interfere with vision, the procedure is not typically covered by Medicare or private insurance
Many of our patients choose to combine a lower blepharoplasty with an upper blepharoplasty for cosmetic purposes at the time of a functional procedure to minimize downtime.
How is Blepharoplasty Performed?
During an upper blepharoplasty, small incisions are made within the natural crease of the eye, so excess skin and fat can be removed. In a lower blepharoplasty, a small incision is made below the lash line or inside the lower lid, to remove excess skin and fat. We can discuss the best approach for you at a consultation.
Blepharoplasty at Eye Medical Clinic is performed in-office using local anesthesia. You may also opt for light sedation during the procedure but you will still be able to return home the same day. Patients report very little discomfort. You will be asked to return five to seven days post-op to have your sutures removed. Most people return to most daily activities including work within a week of blepharoplasty surgery.
Who Will Perform My Blepharoplasty?
John Sullivan, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist with vast experience in cataract, reconstructive, cosmetic and plastic surgery. He holds a clinical professor faculty appointment in the ophthalmology department at the University of California-San Francisco where he shares teaching responsibilities training ophthalmology residents and oculoplastic fellows.
Schedule a free initial consultation today with the experts at Eye Medical Clinic. We will share all of our eye-opening options to give you a clear idea of what will benefit your vision and lifestyle. At Eye Medical Clinic, we have been dedicated to helping the people of Santa Clara Valley with all their eye care needs for more than 70 years.