Do I need an upper blepharoplasty or a brow lift?
Depending upon the position of the brow, Dr. Robey can determine the best options for your during your consultation. The forehead skin is assessed and lifted during your consultation to determine if a heavy brow or heavy eyelids are contributing to the undesired appearance. If elevating your brow with her hand improves the appearance of your eyes, Dr. Robey will likely recommend a brow lift. If this maneuver does not significant affect the appearance of the eyelids, then Dr. Robey may recommend an upper blepharoplasty alone. If some improvement is noted when the brow is lifted but excess eyelid skin remains, a combination of browlift and upper eyelid blepharoplasty may be recommended.
Will a lower eyelid blepharoplasty help with dark under-eye circles?
Dark circles under one's eyes can be improved to some extent with a blepharoplasty. These circles, however, may be due to descent of the cheeks from age and gravity. A midface lift or facial fat grafting may be needed to optimally camouflage the appearance of these circles. Other procedures, like laser resurfacing, may be helpful as well.
What type of anesthesia is used for blepharoplasty?
Dr. Robey performs an upper eyelid blepharoplasty through a small incision in the crease of the upper eyelid. The placement of the incision in the crease camouflages the scar very well, making it almost imperceptible in many people. The excess skin is removed and sometimes a small amount of muscle and fat are removed. The skin is then closed with small stitches. The lower eyelid blepharoplasty is approached through an incision either under the lashes or inside the eyelid, depending upon patient preferences and goals. Excess skin and muscle are elevated, and the fat is removed if needed. A tiny strip of skin is then removed and the muscle is then tightened.
What is the recovery like after blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgery. Patients can expect eyelid swelling and/or bruising. This will usually subside after about 1-2 weeks.
How soon after my blepharoplasty can I return to exercise activities?
Dr. Robey recommends resuming exertional activites after about 2-3 weeks.
Does insurance cover the cost of blepharoplasty?
Not typically. In some instances where excess eyelid skin is causing significant visual field obstruction, a blepharoplasty for medical reasons could be covered by private insurance.