Blepharoplasty: In a nutshell

blepharoplasty-before & afterBlepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure that may involve removal of excessive skin or fat in the upper and lower eyelids. You may wonder why one need to undergo such surgical procedure? As people undergo ageing, their eyelid tends to stretch and the muscle supporting the eyelids starts to weaken. The eyelids start losing its elasticity due to the accumulation of fat above or below the eyelids. This excess fat and skin in the eyelid, in combination with the gravitational pull make the upper eyelid look droopy and the lower eyelid saggy and sometimes bag like shapes below the eye.

This awkward shape of eyelids make one look older than his age and often presents the wrong facial expression. For example a person freshly out of sleeps looks very tired with his droopy and lifeless eyelids and sometimes people look sad and embarrassed even if they are absolutely normal. In addition to the problems mentioned above, excessively droopy eyelids often cause vision impediment in case of older people and limit their peripheral vision up to a considerable extent. Blepharoplasty becomes necessary to correct these defects in the eye and redeliver you the fresh young look you usually carry with confidence.

Blepharoplasty is a minor cosmetic surgery usually done in outpatient basis and in a few cases the patient may be asked to stay in the hospital for a night only. The entire process starting from surgery to recovery takes around seven to ten days. If you are interested to go for a dramatic face makeover, and planning to have brow lift, skin lift and face resurfacing etc, you can have the eyelid surgery happen simultaneously with those procedures.

Another important thing about the eyelid surgery is that most insurance companies cover the cost of eyelift only if it impairs the vision and a certified doctor testifies the fact. So if you are planning to get it done for cosmetic procedure only, you be ready to spend from your own account.