To address the excess, often sagging upper or lower eyelid skin and “bags” around the eyes, upper or lower blepharoplasty may be recommended. The excess skin of the upper eyelids may be significant enough to impair a person’s vision or weigh down their eyelids enough to cause eye fatigue. In these cases, the problem goes beyond cosmetic to functional and insurance may sometimes cover upper blepharoplasty as a functional procedure. Both upper and lower blepharoplasty can improve the tired, worn out, aged appearance of the eyes.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery is performed with general anesthesia at UT Health Tyler. If the procedure involves both upper and lower eyelids, the surgeon will typically manage the upper eyelid first. On average, it takes one to two hours to complete the operation. The patient will be sent home for recovery. For the first few days, there will be swelling and discoloration around the area. It is advised that the head is elevated for the first few days. Pain medications and antibiotics will be prescribed to manage the initial discomfort. Strenuous activities must also be restricted.
Schedule an appointment for a customized consultation with Dr. Perro to determine the cost of your procedure. In most cases, insurance will not cover cosmetic eyelid surgery. However, for some patients, insurance may be applicable. This is usually the case with patients who have their vision affected by a drooping upper eyelid.