Blepharoplasty 101

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A common procedure at Utah Valley Eye in Provo is eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty.

What is blepharoplasty?

Simply put, blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct sagging eyelids and remove excess skin and fatty tissue that form bags under the eyes.

Is blepharoplasty covered by most medical insurance?

This procedure, while mostly cosmetic in nature, can be medially indicated if the excess skin on the eyelid and beneath the eye hampers the patient’s vision. If this is the case, insurance companies may cover the cost of the surgery. Even if not deemed medically necessary, the procedure can be paid via an FSA account.

How long is the recovery period for this eyelid surgery?

As with most surgical procedures, the recovery time varies. Most people report that they feel better after about two weeks. There is typically bruising, stitches, and discomfort that would be expected with surgery.

Who is a good candidate for the procedure?

Most of the patients that seek this procedure are women. Male or female, those who are generally healthy and free of chronic health problems and do not smoke are considered better candidates for eyelid surgery.

How can I tell if my sagging eyelids are affecting my vision?

In a nutshell, if you try to look up and your line of sight is hampered by your eyelid, then your eyesight is affected.

What do I need to do to help my surgeon determine if I am a good candidate?

It is important for you to be completely transparent with your surgeon. Share all medications that you take, how much, and how frequently. This includes all herbal supplements, multivitamins, alcohol, and illicit drug use. Without receiving full disclosure of this information, your surgeon cannot assess your fit for the procedure.

What are common side effects?

Sensitivity to light and blurred vision are generally reported for the first few days post-op. These should quickly clear up, and if not, contact your surgeon. Eye dryness, itchiness, difficulty closing the eyes, and scarring can all be complaints after surgery. Bleeding, bruising, and infection, while rare, still are possible, as with any other surgical procedure.

If you would like more information about the procedure, please set an appointment with us at Utah Valley Eye, a leader in Provo eyelid surgery.

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