Blepharoplasty is the procedure used to correct drooping eyelids. This is important as we age in regard to visual fields. A drooping lid can cause disruption of the amount that we see when we look up or to the sides and cause difficulty in daily activities, especially, driving. It is relatively frequent that we find ourselves fixing the hanging or drooping upper eyelids to improve patients’ vision, and these procedures are usually insurance related.
The lower eyelids, usually done for cosmetic purposes, can become involved with bags, which represent fat that herniates around the globe. When the extra skin, muscle, and fat is removed, this is called a lower blepharoplasty. A procedure to tighten the lid against the globe is frequently carried out concomitantly. These procedures are relatively minor, done either under local anesthesia or with local anesthesia and some sedation. The recovery period is 1 to 2 weeks with some expected black and blue around the surgery sites. The incision sites and resultant scarring fade over a short period of time. Again, should the patients require further information, especially, information about insurance coverage for any of these, contacting our office would be an effective way of pursuing this.