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    Is Eyelid Lift Surgery Worth Getting?

    Is Eyelid Lift Surgery Worth Getting?

    Eliminate That Tired Look Off Your Eyes

    Droopy eyelids are a major reason why some people consider eyelid lift surgery (blepharoplasty). This procedure removes and tightens excess eyelid skin for a more alert, youthful appearance. Dr. Rosso is a top eye lift expert in the South Bay.

    Sometimes blepharoplasty can also improve your vision by providing a less obstructed field of view. Blepharoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the upper or lower eyelids. In some cases, you might need this procedure on both upper and lower eyelids.

    An upper eyelid blepharoplasty (sometimes called an “eye lift”) should not be confused with upper eyelid ptosis surgery.  The latter raises the position of the upper eyelid margin by tightening the muscle and tendon that normally elevate it.

    Blepharoplasty surgery can elevate an upper eyelid margin slightly if the heaviness of the excessive skin actually is “weighing down” the upper eyelid, making it droop.

    What Is Cosmetic Blepharoplasty?

    Cosmetic eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure that is not medically necessary and is performed solely to improve your appearance.

    Unfortunately, your upper and sometimes lower eyelids may become droopy or baggy as part of the aging process. Your eyebrows also may sag or droop as you age.

    The eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken and fat pockets become more prominent as they bulge. This may be a hereditary condition that runs in your family.

    Cosmetically, such conditions may detract from the overall attractiveness of your eyes and face and cause a tired or older appearance.

    Ptosis and Eyelid Lift Surgery

    Ptosis (TOE-sis) is the medical term for drooping of the upper eyelid — a condition that may affect one or both eyes. Congenital Ptosis is present since birth.

    Generally, droopy eyelids occur when the edge of the upper eyelid (eyelid margin) falls from its normal position.

    When the edge of the eyelid falls too low and covers part of the pupil, it can block the upper part of your vision. In most cases, a drooping upper eyelid results from aging.  As a result, the tendon of the muscle responsible for lifting the eyelid stretches and the eyelid falls. Surgical correction of a drooping upper eyelid involves repairing the stretched tendon.

    It is not uncommon for a person to develop a droopy upper eyelid following cataract surgery or other eye surgeries.  This happens because manipulation of the eyelid during cataract surgery can cause weakening of the muscle that holds the eye open. Additionally, stroke and trauma can cause ptosis.

    Health insurance usually covers Ptosis surgery.

    Preparation for a Blepharoplasty Procedure

    You’ll need to clarify with your Plastic Surgeon whether you’ll be undergoing local or general anesthesia for your eyelid lift surgery.

    If you have local anesthesia, you remain awake during the procedure.  However, a drug administered through a needle numbs the area around your eyes. Systemic sedatives given either orally or intravenously can enhance the effects of local anesthesia.

    On the other hand, general anesthesia guarantees that you do not move during the operation avoiding any related risks.  This type of anesthesia is a must if you plan to undergo other cosmetic procedures at the same time.

    If you need general anesthesia, our Anesthesiologist will give you an intravenous (IV) injection that will put you to sleep for the duration of the procedure.  The average duration of eyelid lift surgery is between 20 minutes and two hours.  The time of this surgery depends on its complexity and whether it involves both upper and lower eyelids.

    At Peninsula Plastic Surgery, we specialize in eyelid surgery, get in touch with us at 310-326-3636 to see how we can help and whether your particular procedure may be covered by your health insurance.

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