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Fixing Eyelids With Blepharoplasty

The skin around your eyes is usually the first to show aging signs. Droopy eyelids make people feel uncomfortable. People go for eye surgery to remove excess skin around droopy eyelids. It gives them an overall youthful look and alert face. Blepharoplasty is the name given to eyelid surgery. It can be used to remove sagging skin surrounding the eye. Sometimes, fat is removed from both eyelids.
 

When Do You Need Blepharoplasty?


Sometimes, blepharoplasty is needed for medical reasons. An eye lift may be performed if the upper eyelid is interfering with vision. The upper eyelid can droop low and irritate the eye. It can also make it harder for the patient to use eye contacts or glasses. Sometimes, irritation from excess folds causes eczema around the eyes.
 

When skin rubs together, the eyes are inflamed and red. Overused muscles that strain to lift the droopy area can lead to forehead discomfort. Cosmetic blepharoplasty is used for aesthetic reasons. People who feel that they want a more alert and youthful look can go for this procedure.
 

Who Is Eligible for Blepharoplasty?


People who are above 30 years of age are good candidates for the blepharoplasty procedure. Some serious eye conditions may deter you from having this procedure. If your eyes are already irritated, it is advisable to avoid irritating them further. You should first consult with your physician on whether you are a good candidate for the procedure.
 

Patients with high blood pressure and other renal diseases should approach it with caution. If you have dry eye, detached retina, and glaucoma, you are advised to stay away from the blepharoplasty procedure. People with an overactive thyroid or an underactive thyroid should also consult their doctor first.
 

What Is Your Expectation After a Blepharoplasty?


A blepharoplasty just like many other procedures is supposed to improve your appearance. However, it does not change your appearance drastically. It makes your eyes look alert and youthful. If you have asymmetrical eyelids, it can fix that. However, major changes in the eye area are not to be expected. It does not change the structure of the face by a large percentage. You can discuss with your surgeon about the expectations that you have.
 

What Are the Risks Involved?


Every medical procedure comes with the possibility of negative side effects. Sometimes, after a blepharoplasty procedure, you may have difficulty in blinking. The eye muscles may be accidentally injured during the procedure. You may experience skin discoloration and tenderness. Some patients say that it causes dry eye syndrome. In some cases, the patient experiences blurred vision. Bad reactions to anesthesia and blood clots are also a possibility.
 

Is the Procedure Covered by Insurance?


Most insurance companies have strict rules when it comes to cosmetic procedures. Depending on the type of cover that you have, some providers cover procedures that are recommended for medical reasons. Even when the blepharoplasty is required for medical reasons, it is good to consult with your medical insurance provider before making an appointment.
 

For more information on the blepharoplasty procedure, visit Volusia Eye Associates at our offices in Edgewater or New Smyrna Beach, Florida. You can call us at (386) 230-0300 or (386) 427-4143 to book an appointment.