What Is A Blepharoplasty?
As we age, our eyelids stretch and the muscles that support them begin to weaken. This results in excess fat gathering above or below the eyelids, resulting in drooping eyelids or bags under the eyes. In some cases, this can impair a person's vision, particularly their peripheral vision. When this happens, we suggest that our Napa vision patients come into our state-of-the-art office for a blepharoplasty consultation. This procedure removes that excess skin and tightens the remaining skin for improved vision and a better appearance. Signs you may want to schedule a consultation with one of the board-certified eye surgeons at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley include baggy or droopy upper eyelids (ptosis), excess skin on the upper eyelids that make it difficult to see, or excess skin on the lower eyelids.
What Can I Expect from My Blepharoplasty?
This outpatient surgery will begin by injecting a numbing medication into your eyelids to help you relax and feel comfortable. From there, one of our ophthalmologists will begin by making an incision in the natural crease of your upper eyelid. He or she will remove some excess skin, muscle, and fat, then close the incision. This procedure typically takes about an hour, after which you can return home to rest and recover. After your surgery, you may experience watery eyes, blurred vision, light sensitivity, and swelling. This is normal and should not last more than a few days. You may find relief by using an ice pack every hour for about 10 minutes following your surgery, and once every 4 - 5 hours the day after your surgery. It is important to gently clean your eyelids and use the ointment we prescribe you to promote healthy healing, as well as avoiding strenuous activities. We will schedule follow-up visits as necessary.
How long does it take to recover from blepharoplasty?
Most patients will fully recover from surgery within a month.
Can blepharoplasty be covered by insurance?
Blepharoplasty is typically considered an elective procedure. However, if your vision is obstructed by your drooping eyelids, there are some instances in which the procedure is deemed medically necessary.
Does blepharoplasty leave visible scars?
The incisions for blepharoplasty are made in the natural folds and creases of the skin to leave minimal scarring. Most people will not be able to see your scars from blepharoplasty.
Restore your eyelid appearance
If you are over looking tired all the time or are noticing vision impairments due to drooping eyelids, the board-certified ophthalmologists at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley may be able to help you. Offering blepharoplasty to our Napa, CA patients, this procedure can be used to remove excess skin and support the eyelid and eyebrow muscles for an improved look and better vision. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, contact our office today.
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