One of the more common surgeries that I get asked about is blepharoplasty (aka “eyelid lift”). “Droopy” eyelids are the most common reason people consider eyelid surgery in order to restore a refreshed, well rested, and rejuvenated appearance to their eyes. Patients often tell me that they are “tired of looking tired.” An upper eyelid blepharoplasty (blef-a-row-plasty) removes the extra/excess droopy skin. Lower lid blepharoplasty removes the saggy skin and eyelid bags (fat bulges) that occur with aging to give the patient a more alert, healthy, and youthful appearance.
Tell Me About the Surgery
In most cases, the surgery can be done in about 30 minutes as an outpatient procedure. Many patients find the surgery to be similar to a dental procedure (you don’t have to change clothes, you don’t remember the procedure, and you go home right afterwards). The anesthesia can be as light or as deep as the patient wishes. That is, like a dental procedure, a blepharoplasty can be done with the patient either awake or asleep. Patches or bandages over the eye are NOT used. The day after the surgery, most patients carry on with their normal routine – that is, they can drive a car, do their house chores, watch TV, work on the computer, and go for a walk. Most patients develop some degree of bruising but this usually goes away in 10-14 days. Patients who work can usually return to their job in a few days. Most people need only non-prescription pain relievers.
Eyes are the most expressive of our facial features and they reveal the status of our physical and emotional health. Your blepharoplasty surgery may be covered by insurance if it blocks your vision. If you aren't sure that you are a candidate for blepharoplasty, or you simply want to find out more information, schedule an appointment with our office and we can evaluate you for any issues related to your eyelids.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ron W. Pelton M.D., Ph.D. is a native of Benton, AR. He has lived in Colorado Springs, CO and has been in solo practice in oculo-facial plastic surgery since 2000. Dr. Pelton graduated from Vanderbilt University Medical School in Nashville, TN and subsequently completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Dr. Pelton then completed a two-year fellowship in oculo-facial plastic surgery at the University of Utah prior to opening his practice in Colorado Springs. Dr. Pelton is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.
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