At Milan Eye Center in Atlanta, eyelid surgery, also known as upper blepharoplasty is performed for two distinct reasons. The first being to rejuvenate puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes by removing excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper eyelids. In addition to performing eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons, Milan Eye Center physicians offer this surgery to patients whose field of vision is being affected by drooping eyelids.
When performing upper eyelid surgery, our Milan Eye Center eye specialists hide the majority of the incision within the natural fold of the upper eyelid. The blepharoplasty incision can extend slightly beyond the outside corner of the eye. The incision typically heals well because it follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid. After making the incision, your excess skin, muscle, and fatty tissue are removed.
Following surgery you will be instructed to rest, keep your head elevated, and apply ice to the affected area to keep swelling and bruising to a minimum. While recovery time from upper blepharoplasty can vary for individual patients, the skin of the upper eyelid does heal quickly and most patients can return to moderate activities within 3 or 4 days. Although the final results of the eyelid procedure will take several months to appear, the results of your eyelid surgery will provide you with a more youthful, rested appearance.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is usually considered a cosmetic procedure. Therefore, the surgery is not typically covered by insurance. There are some cases where the procedure may be covered by insurance such as the upper eyelid skin being so excessive that it interferes with your vision. In order to determine if you qualify for the upper blepharoplasty surgery you will need to provide pictures to your insurance company.
If your vision is being affected by your eyelids or you would like to learn more about changing your eyelids for cosmetic reasons, contact our office at (678) 381-2020 for a consultation with one our Atlanta Ophthalmology specialists.