Given the fact that weall age, throughout our lifetime we are all susceptible to experiencing the weakening of the muscles supporting our eyelids. This results in droopy eyelids—some more severe than others.
So severe that blepharoplasty is the best option. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as an “eye lift” is an operation used to correct droopy eyelids for both cosmetic and aesthetic or health reasons.
Let’s go over the different forms of eyelid operations and consider if you should consider the surgery.
Aging faces can take on an excessively tired appearance from sagging upper eyelids. Even our eyebrows can begin to droop and contribute to a hoary look.
Ophthalmologists and oculoplastic surgeons can perform cosmetic eyelid surgery that may not be medically necessary, but add a boost to the physical appearance on or around the eyelids.
That’s what’s called cosmetic blepharoplasty—which differs from functional blepharoplasty and ptosis repair.
Undergoing eyelid surgery for health and medical reasons is what’s known as functional blepharoplasty.
Conditions that could require this kind of eyelid surgery are as follows:
Ptosis is a condition of severely droopy upper eyelids, such that it covers the pupil—completely or partially—on either one or both eyes. It can be congenital so some of us are affected by this since birth.
Ptosis repair is only performed by experienced, specially-trained ophthalmologist.
Do You Need Eyelid Surgery?
First, speak with your eye doctor to discuss any problems you may be experiencing.
Remember, it is perfectly reasonable to consult with your doctor about eyelid surgery even if it isn’t medically necessary. But you may be required to quit smoking for weeks in advance.
The effects of cosmetic blepharoplasty are not permanent. Though while you may have to plan on undergoing the operation again in future, the effects can last up to an entire decade.
Some common conditions that make the operation to risky are dry eye problems, thyroid eye disease and diabetes.
What You Need to Know About Eyelid Surgery
The operation can be performed under local or general anesthesia (more complicated surgeries require general).
On the operation table, incisions will be made just above and/or below your eye, in the folds of your eyelid. These should not be noticeable after healing.
The day leading into the blepharoplasty is important. Eat light the evening beforehand and don’t eat or drink after makeup. Oh and don’t show up to the doctor’s office by yourself (so you have a ride) or with makeup on.
Don’t be alarmed by bruising and swelling during your recovery process. Our faces are fragile so bloodshot eyes are completely normal too.
Fifteen minutes of applied cold packs every hour for the first day out of surgery will work like a charm. The following day, this exercise can be reduced to every couple hours. And finally two days after blepharoplasty, warm compresses will complete the recovery.
If you experience a major problem closing your eyelids completely, and thus extremely dry eyes (and this problem persists for months), eye drops and humidifiers usually do the trick.
Cost of Eyelid Surgery
Eye lifts can run up roughly $2,000 at the lower end. But if your surgeon is working on all four eyelids, the price can be as much as $5,000 or more.
Same-dare surgical care (such as ambulatory surgery centers) can tack on an extra one or two thousand dollars.
Fortunately, most medical insurance plans cover functional blepharoplasty (the kind that is medically necessary). Of course you may not have as much luck for a strictly cosmetic operation.