What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty (pronounced blef’-a-ro-plas-tee) is a type of plastic surgery procedure performed by Dr. Croley at Central Florida Eye Institute in Ocala, FL. A blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids to remove excess skin and fat from around the eyes. Sagging brows or eyelids may be corrected at the same time.
If you are interested in learning more about eyelid surgery, contact us today.
What is the Purpose of Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty is done to improve visual function and/or cosmetic appearance. Excessive upper eyelid tissue can block the upper part of the field of vision. This can be determined by lifting the upper lids with your fingers to see if your upper visual field improves or brightens.
The weight of the excess tissue may cause brow ache and fatigue, eyelid infections (blepharitis) and chronic dry eye. Occasionally, the excess skin can cause lashes to turn in and irritate the eye and cause infection.
A formal computerized visual field test may be helpful in determining whether or not a blepharoplasty would be good for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Who is an ideal candidate for eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery is popular with both women and men. This is because the eyes are the focal point of the face, and aging eyes make you look older and tired, regardless of your sex.
Good candidates for blepharoplasty with Dr. Croley still have good tone in their facial muscles and tissue, but most people over the age of 40 could benefit from this surgery. Only people with eye diseases are not able to have eyelid surgery, at least until their condition has been addressed.
What are the risks of eyelid surgery?
Dr. Croley is a board-certified ophthalmologist and has extensive experience with eyelid surgery. This is a safe procedure when done by an experienced surgeon such as Dr. Croley. Still, there are the usual risks with any surgery: excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, reaction to anesthesia, and the like. Specific to this surgery, risks involve injury to the eye muscles, difficulty closing your eyelids, and potential dry eye. These are all very rare; this is an effective, safe, and very satisfying procedure.
What is recovery like after eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery is popular because it delivers excellent results without being showy or obvious. Another great aspect of these procedures with Dr. Croley is that the recovery is not difficult. Prior to your procedure, we will ask you to obtain a cold compress and lubricant drops to use during recovery. After surgery, you’ll return home. If you diligently use the compress you can keep swelling and bruising to a minimum. Pain is not intense after this procedure; it can usually be handled with over-the-counter medication. After one week, your stitches will dissolve and your eyelid recovery is usually mostly complete. You may have some on-again, off-again slight swelling, but this resolves in a few weeks. You can usually return to work in just 3-5 days.
Are there alternatives to eyelid surgery?
Because eyelid surgery removes excess sagging skin and tightens the underlying muscles that may have weakened, there isn’t a non-surgical alternative to these procedures. Also, while dermal fillers can be used to address some of the issues with under-eye bags, they cannot do anything for the eyelids themselves. This isn’t a difficult surgery or recovery, and the results are very satisfying. There’s not really any reason to avoid the actual surgical procedure if your eyes are sagging and aging your face.
Can I have eyelid surgery if I had LASIK?
Yes, these two procedures have no overlap. LASIK surgery reshapes the cornea to adjust for refractive errors in the patient’s vision. Blepharoplasty does not impact the actual eye in any way; it only deals with the eyelid and the muscles that support the eyelids.
Will my scarring be visible after eyelid surgery?
In the upper eyelid, Dr. Croley places the incision in the natural crease in the eyelid. This makes it virtually invisible afterward. In the lower eyelid, the incision can be made either just below the eyelash or on the inside of the eyelid. Either option doesn’t leave a noticeable scar.
Will My Insurance Cover Blepharoplasty?
If your eyelids are interfering with your vision and affecting your daily activities (driving, reading, etc.), then your insurance will most likely cover the blepharoplasty procedure. Pre-operative testing is always done and reviewed with your insurance company before eyelid surgery is performed.
An excessive number of wrinkled skin folds above the eyes can produce a sagging, tired look that detracts from one’s general appearance. In this situation, blepharoplasty may be considered for cosmetic reasons even though vision is not affected. Cosmetic eyelid surgery is one of the most common plastic surgeries performed by ophthalmologists. Cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance.
Blepharoplasty can affect the function and lubrication of the eye, so a consultation with Dr. Croley in Ocala, FL is important. Although other surgeons may perform blepharoplasty, an ophthalmologist is the only surgeon trained specifically to treat the eye and perform eyelid surgery. Therefore, he is uniquely qualified to help you decide whether you should consider this procedure.
For more information about eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) in the Ocala, FL and surrounding areas, please feel free to contact Cathy at Central Florida Eye Institute at (800) 521-6028 or (352) 237-8400, or visit our Contact Us page to request a consultation today! We proudly serve patients from Ocala, Gainesville, Lady Lake, Leesburg, and Inverness, Florida.