Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

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Eyelid Surgery Bloomington IL

Eyelid surgery is used to correct puffiness or droopiness in both the upper and lower eyelids that generally cause people to look aged and/or fatigued. It can also be used to remove fine lines or wrinkles in the lower lid. In extreme cases, a blepharoplasty can be used to correct eyelids or bags that interfere with vision.

Eyelid surgery generally removes excess fat or skin from both eyelids and helps both men and women achieve a more youthful and energized look. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any of the following:

  • Eye diseases such as glaucoma, dry, eye, or a detached retina
  • Under or overactive thyroids or Graves’ disease
  • Circulatory disorders such as cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure
  • Diabetes

During the consultation process at Twin City Plastic Surgery, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons will help to determine whether at least the upper eyelid surgery might be covered through insurance. Our staff will work with patients to submit the authorization to insurance, but please know that a field vision test is required prior to the consultation as this is documentation needed by most all insurance companies and plans.

Blepharoplasty Procedure

The incisions made are specific to each person as they are designed to be concealed in the natural crease of the upper lid. With droopy lids, the surgeon will reposition fat deposits, tighten muscle, and remove excess skin via the incision. For the lower lid, incisions are made slightly below the lower lash line so any excess skin can be removed. Surgical tape, removable or absorbable sutures, or skin adhesives are then used to close the incision.

Blepharoplasty Recovery

In most cases, lubricating ointment and cold compresses will be applied to the treated area, or the eyes may be covered with gauze. Swelling, bruising, irritation, and other discomforts are expected immediately after surgery, but can be controlled with medication, ointments, or cold compresses. As a note, it is extremely important to use sunglasses when exposed to the sun until the eyes are completely healed.