Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is a cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of the eyes. For some, this procedure is done for medical reasons, and for others it is strictly done for visual enhancement. Blepharoplasty is often favored by older age patients who have seen the skin surrounding their eyes sink or ‘droop.’ This skin is not only unsightly; it can create permanent bags and stretch immensely, making a person look older. The most important reason people may consider blepharoplasty is because of its ability to significantly limit a person’s peripheral vision.
Both bottom eyelid and top eyelid surgery are offered.
How Does Blepharoplasty Work?
The blepharoplasty procedure is relatively simple. Doctors make small external incisions at the eyelid and lower eyelids. This will allow them to then separate your skin from the extra tissue and fat that is causing your eyes to look distorted and unsightly. Once doctors have removed the excess fat, they will close the incisions.
After the procedure, you might see some bruising and swelling, but this will go away as soon as your eyes heal. Normally, it takes between 2-4 weeks to be completely healed.
Blepharoplasty is done on an outpatient basis and is normally completed in 1-4 hours.
Cost: Visual Improvement vs. Cosmetic
As it goes for almost all enhancement procedures, eyelid surgery is not usually covered by insurance. Eyelid surgery is considered plastic surgery, meant to improve the look of the eyes because of personal preference.
But in the case of blepharoplasty, because the condition is known to cause vision impairments in some, insurance will sometimes cover the procedure. If your peripheral vision is obstructed because of the excess skin around your eyelids, and blepharoplasty will improve it, then your insurance company will likely cover the procedure. Insurance companies will have your doctor do a thorough examination to confirm that there is a medical need for your procedure
For those not looking for medical benefits and simply want to change the appearance of their eyes, basic fees apply
- Surgeon’s Fee
- Anesthesia Fee
- Facility Fee
There are a number of different fees in any cosmetic procedure and you should always prepare to discuss and research what’s right for you. There are options for financing as well, so be sure you ask about any cost concerns you may have.
There are many benefits that comes with blepharoplasty, including an enhancement to the appearance of your eyes. For many people, blepharoplasty will take years off the face, making the eyes look younger and appear bigger and brighter. It is also known that after blepharoplasty, puffiness and tired looking eyes are seemingly erased. In medical cases, peripheral vision that is obstructed by excess sagging skin will become clear again, allowing for full range vision.
At West Medical, we’re happy to address any concerns you might have about blepharoplasty, whether medical or cosmetic. Out trained physicians will thoroughly assess your condition and offer the best possible solution for you.
Ready to take the next step? Call West Medical today at (855) 690-0565 to set up a consultation for eyelid surgery. We look forward to hearing from you!
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