Upper Eyelid Surgery

As a person ages there is an excess of skin of the upper eyelid and loss of a defined upper eyelid crease. It is also common to see a small amount of bulging fat in the upper eyelid near the nose. It is essential to pay close attention to the position of the eyebrows as low/sagging brows can also lead to that tired upper eye appearance. Typically an upper blepharoplasty removes a small sliver of skin leaving the scar where the natural crease resides. In addition, if necessary, a small amount of fat is removed for contouring. Many patients have chosen Dr. Funk as their blepharoplasty surgeon to correct drooping upper eyelids.

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How much does upper eyelid surgery cost?

The cost of eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) varies with each plastic surgeon along with the complexity of the patient’s eyelids. Typically upper eyelid surgery is a straightforward procedure and less in price unless there is ptosis, commonly referred to as a lazy eye. However, revision upper blepharoplasty can be more costly as there is increased scar tissue and complexity of the eyelid.

What is the recovery time for upper blepharoplasty?

There is typically a mild amount of bruising with an eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty patients recover around 1 to 2 weeks after their surgery and can return to work and social activities.

Can surgery for eyelid symmetry be performed?

Eyelid assymetry commonly occurs in the upper eyelids in many individuals.  Concomitant eyebrow assymetry frequently occurs with this. Blepharoplasty or upper eyelid surgery or eyelid lift can makes these eyelids more symmetric while at the same time more youthful, vibrant, and alert. 

Upper eyelid assymetry can be corrected with blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery. The crease in the upper eyelid is created by a muscle and by changing where that crease is located and the amount of skin that is excised, eyelids can be made more symmetric with eyelid surgery.

Will my eyelid shape change after upper eyelid surgery?

The shape of your eyelid should not change after surgery aside from removing the excess skin surrounding the eyelid.  The same almond shape will be retained.

What can I expect when considering an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty?

The goal with eyelid rejuvenation is to have a refreshed, vibrant, and enlivened appearance. Once again, the objective is to provide an unoperated appearance and not to change the shape of the eye itself, but only reorient and shape the surrounding tissues.

Is upper eyelid surgery covered by Medicare?

Many older patients who have sagging upper eyelids or heavy eyelids wonder if eyelid surgery is covered by Medicare. Although you may feel you have some trouble with peripheral vision, this has to be proven by an ophthalmologist documenting peripheral visual fields loss and approved by your insurance company or Medicare in order to proceed with upper eyelid surgery.

At Funk Facial Plastic Surgery, we do not accept insurance for upper eyelid surgery as we do not measure peripheral visual fields and feel that upper eyelid surgery is a cosmetic procedure predominantly to improve the appearance of the eyes and provide a more rested, refreshed look.

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