Blepharoplasty FAQs (Part 2) –
Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery that involves tightening and sculpting the upper and sometimes lower eyelids in order. It can be purely cosmetic, to restore a youthful appearance to the eyes. Or it can be medically motivated to improve vision, when sagging upper eyelids obstruct the ability to see.
In this two part article board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali answers patients most frequently asked questions about blepharoplasty eyelid surgery.
Does blepharoplasty get rid of lines around the eyes?
While browlifts are usually implemented to address hooding of the skin to the sides of the eye, upper blepharoplasty is not performed to treat lines and wrinkles. That being said, when performed in conjunction with other effective treatments such as Botox, upper blepharoplasty patients can achieve such results.
Are blepharoplasty results permanent?
Blepharoplasty patients are able to enjoy permanent results, with most patients never requiring another surgery. In some cases, patients returning to our practice for another procedure may also choose to have their blepharoplasty touched up, but this generally occurs as long as 15 to 20 years after the initial procedure.
The worst mistake an unskilled blepharoplasty surgeon will make is removing too much skin, which can result in chronic dryness of the patient’s eyes. Patients who undergo blepharoplasty and then later ask to remove more skin generally require a brow lift, rather than more skin removal.
But in the hands of a board-certified blepharoplasty expert like Dr. Ali, blepharoplasty patients can rest assured that more than enough skin will be left behind for normal, comfortable closure of the eyes.
Successful blepharoplasty makes the patient’s eyes look more open, but does nothing to change the shape or structure of the eyelid. At Oakland County, MI’s AMAE Med Spa, we pride ourselves on having our patients leave all of our blepharoplasty procedures simply looking like younger, fresher versions of themselves.
What anesthesia is used for blepharoplasty?
It is possible to perform upper blepharoplasty with either IV sedation, local anesthesia, or a light general anesthetic. The form of anesthesia chosen depends on whether the patient is undergoing other procedures with their upper blepharoplasty, such as brow lifts or rhinoplasty. Board-certified blepharoplasty expert Dr. Ali helps all of his patients chose the method of anesthesia that is right for them.
Can I wear my glasses or contacts after blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty patients are free to pop their glasses back on immediately after their procedure. When exiting the procedure, many blepharoplasty patients chose to mask the swelling around their eyes with sunglasses.
That said, blepharoplasty patients should wait at least a week before wearing contact lenses.
Does insurance cover an upper blepharoplasty?
When obstructions in a patient’s field of vision are documented by an ophthalmologist, they are typically entitled to insurance coverage for their blepharoplasty surgery. That being said, it is important to know the full criteria upon which your insurance company bases their coverage, as insurance companies are famously inconsistent in this regard.
Blepharoplasty patients are encouraged to discuss any concerns regarding insurance with our Oakland County, surgical staff, who will gladly help clarify any such issues. We also offer convenient financing options for patients who are seeking blepharoplasty for strictly cosmetic purposes.
Best Blepharoplasty – Oakland County
If you’re in the Oakland County area and are considering blepharoplasty, contact Dr. Ali today for a consultation. Oakland County board-certified plastic surgeon and blepharoplasty expert Dr. Ali will gladly answer any questions you have about how your vision or cosmetic goals can be met through blepharoplasty.