A Guide To Eyelid Surgery (blepharoplasty)

When you hear the word blepharoplasty, chances are it won't ring any bells because it's such a unique medical term. Blepharoplasty is the surgical repair or reconstruction of an eyelid. It is most commonly thought of as a cosmetic fix. Cosmetic fixes are commonly associated with plastic surgery. However, there are benefits to blepharoplasty that go beyond cosmetic benefits. Before you write off getting eyelid surgery in Utah, you should consider the following health benefits, as well as the potential risks, and make a better-informed decision.

Why Do People Need Eyelid Repair?

As people age, eyelid skin naturally loosens and the muscles weaken. Sun exposure throughout a lifetime and genetics are also contributing factors to this. This can give the appearance of looking constantly tired, as well as make you look much older than you really are. But beyond the physical appearance of your eyelids after they have started to sag, it can potentially be very dangerous. The main reason why it can become dangerous is because it can block your vision and decrease your peripheral eyesight. As you can imagine, this can present problems when you are walking in a busy place, walking in an unsafe neighborhood, or driving, for example.

What Does the Procedure Consist Of?

When considering blepharoplasty, there are 2 different types of procedures you should research. The first one is performed as a traditional scalpel surgery. The other type of procedure is performed with laser--similar to laser hair or fat removal. The traditional scalpel surgery is older than the procedure that is performed with lasers. The scalpel surgery requires an incision to the eyelid while the laser surgery does not require an incision. There are 3 types of blepharoplasty to consider. They are upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, and upper and lower blepharoplasty:

Upper blepharoplasty fixes the upper eyelids of the eye. If you opt for the traditional scalpel procedure, the incision is made in the natural crease of your eyelid to hide the incision scar. The incision is closed by fine stitches.

Lower blepharoplasty fixes the lower eyelids of the eye. With the traditional scalpel procedure, the incision is made most of the time on the inner surface of the eyelid. If there is an excess amount of skin in the lower lid, the incision is made just beneath the eyelashes. If the incision is made just beneath the eyelashes, the excess skin is then removed. The incision is closed by fine stitches just like the incision for the upper eyelid.

Upper and lower blepharoplasty combines both. This procedure takes only a couple hours and is done in one sitting.

What Are the Potential Risks?

As with any surgery, there are some risks that should be weighed along with the benefits. Some of the risks associated with blepharoplasty specifically include infection, dryness, difficulty blinking, painful blinking, visible scarring, damaged eye muscles, possible follow-up corrective surgery, blurry vision, and loss of eyesight. Some other risks that are more related to surgery in general include a bad reaction to the anesthesia, blood clots, and cardiac complications such as cardiac arrest. When considering blepharoplasty, you should discuss all the possible risks at length with your doctor and surgeon.

Before you decide to get eyelid surgery in Utah, there is one more thing you need to consider before making the final decision: whether your insurance will cover it. Generally, if you are getting the surgery to fix eyesight issues, insurance will cover at least a portion of the costs. Should you opt for the traditional scalpel procedure, scarring takes more time to heal. Insurance may only cover one of these types of surgeries.

By: Jordan Rocksmith

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