There are times when our lives can be improved by adjusting our appearance. For example, blepharoplasty can help remove sagging skin that makes us look tired or older than we are. Imagine saying goodbye to the undereye bags that have been sitting under your eyes for years. Keep reading to learn about blepharoplasty and have some of your most frequently asked questions answered.
What does it treat?
Blepharoplasty is also called cosmetic eyelid surgery, and its goal is changing the structure of the skin and fat around the eyes. An upper blepharoplasty aims to remove the fat and excess skin that sits above the upper eyelid. A lower blepharoplasty aims to remove the bags underneath the eyes, and may also involve the removal of some skin to leave a smoother appearance after the fatty bags have disappeared.
Blepharoplasty is recommended for people who are uncomfortable with the high amount of skin and/or fat around their eyes. It can also help diminish wrinkles that sit under the eyes.
Can I wear contact lenses after surgery?
We get this question quite often. But, because the area will need time to heal, pulling on the skin to insert contact lenses and remove them is not ideal. For a few days to a few weeks, we will recommend that you wear your glasses instead. This will help give you the best results from your surgery and can help you avoid complications like infection.
Is it covered by insurance?
Blepharoplasty can be both a necessary or cosmetic procedure, so insurance may or may not help pay for the procedure. It all depends on why you are getting the surgery. Generally, if you are looking into blepharoplasty because your vision is affected, insurance is more likely to help cover the cost of the procedure. If your blepharoplasty is for cosmetic purposes, then your insurance may not be as willing to pay. If you have questions, please contact your insurance to learn about what they offer.