Understanding Blepharoplasty Or An Eye Lift
One sign of aging is drooping eyelids. This can affect both upper and lower lids and cause a tired and severe appearance. Sometimes the drooping lids can interfere with vision. In either case, the problem can be remedied with and eye lift, which is also known as blepharoplasty.
Why undergo blepharoplasty?
This procedure is used to tighten the droopy skin surrounding the eyes. The end result is a more alert and youthful appearance. In the case of vision obstruction, you will naturally be able to see better once the droopy skin has been removed from your line of sight.
In an eye lift, excess fat, muscle and/or skin is removed from the area around the eyes. Sometimes it is only necessary to remove excess skin. Additionally, it is not always necessary to do both upper and lower lids. In fact, only upper lid blepharoplasty is right called an “eye lift”.
Is this complicated surgery?
It is important to understand that an upper lid eye lift is not the same thing as a procedure that is known as surgery for upper eyelid ptosis. This procedure tightens the muscle and tendon that elevate the upper eyelid margin. It is a more complicated procedure. Blepharoplasty is a much simpler procedure; however, it may also raise the upper eyelid margin a bit if the skin around the eye is heavy and weighs the upper lid down.
Will insurance pay for an eye lift?
Unless it is ordered by a medical professional to treat vision problems, insurance probably will not cover an eye lift. Blepharoplasty is generally considered a cosmetic procedure that is intended to counteract the bagging and drooping of the skin around the eyes that normally accompanies the aging process.
As we age, the thin skin around the eyes stretches. Simultaneously, the muscles become weaker and fat pockets become more noticeable. Good skin care can help prevent this effect; however, it is important to remember that heredity plays a strong role in this process as well.
Who can perform an eye lift?
Fortunately, an eye lift is a fairly simple procedure that can be performed by a variety of surgeons. Usually, it is performed by an oculoplastic surgeon. This is a specialized sub-category of ophthalmology. Alternately, ophthalmologists may perform this procedure. Ear, nose and throat surgeons, oral/maxillofacial surgeons and general plastic surgeons can also perform an eye lift.