Mercer County Eyelid Lift Surgery
The Valley Eye Center provides blepharoplasty – also known as eyelid surgery or an “eyelid lift” – in Hermitage and Greenville PA. This surgical repair or reconstruction of the eyelid is either performed for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons.
Cosmetic Eyelid Lifts
Droopy eyelids are seemingly an inevitable part of getting older. But nobody wants to look older than they actually are or they feel. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that eyelid lift surgery is one of the most popular aesthetic procedures performed at our office. Through this procedure, we can enhance one’s appearance by rejuvenating puffy, droopy, tired-looking eyes. We do this by surgically removing any excess skin, tissue, or fat deposits causing under-eye bags, saggy lower eyelids, or puffy upper eyelids.
Therapeutic Eyelid Surgery
Not only do sagging eyelids alter your physical appearance, they can also obstruct your field of vision. In particular, they can significantly impair someone’s peripheral vision. It must be proven that eyelid surgery is medically necessary for Medicare and many other private insurance companies to cover the procedure.
Vision tests will be performed to measure peripheral vision. If it’s determined that surgery can theoretically improve peripheral vision by a certain number of degrees, Medicare and most insurers will cover the surgery.
Other additional symptoms like difficulty reading, eyestrain headaches, heavy eyes even when not tired, and physical injury brought on from associated visual disturbances should also be reported. Medicare and certain insurers may also request photos that demonstrate visible eyelid sagging.
Am I A Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
A good candidate for blepharoplasty is a generally healthy, non-smoker, without any serious eye conditions. Realistic expectations are also important. Especially cosmetically. While eyelid surgery can remove fine wrinkles from lower eyelids, the procedure alone cannot eliminate deep wrinkles, crow’s feet, or dark circles under the eyes. However, it can be combined with other procedures performed at our office like BOTOX®.
Like any surgery, an eyelid lift has associated health risks like infection, the potential for a negative reaction to anesthesia, temporary eyelid swelling, blurred vision, dry eyes, and difficulty shutting your eyes at bedtime.
Prior to surgery, full disclosure of any health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, a thyroid condition, or eye conditions like dry eye, glaucoma, or a detached retina is very important. Not only can such health conditions impact your eligibility for this procedure but closer monitoring during and after surgery will be critical.
How Is A Blepharoplasty Procedure Performed?
Our Hermitage and Greenville PA eyelid surgery is performed right at our office. Local anesthesia and IV sedation are used and the procedure itself typically takes less than 45 minutes.
The purpose of any upper eyelid surgery is to remove any excess skin and fat hanging over the eyelid crease. An inconspicuous incision is made at the natural crease of the upper eyelid. To ensure an exact amount of skin is removed, the skin is carefully marked prior to surgery. Once the skin and a small amount of fat are removed, the incision is closed with a tiny continuous stitch. This stitch is inside the eye and virtually invisible. It is removed five days after surgery.
The goal of any lower eyelid surgery is to help those with baggy and puffy lower eyelids. This condition is typically the result of redundant skin, herniating fat, and water retention. It’s very important to mark how much skin can safely be removed to avoid lower lid retraction and the complications associated with poor blepharoplasty practices.
To minimize complications, and avoid scarring from an incision on the lower eyelid, the Valley Eye Center uses a transconjunctival approach to our lower eyelid surgery. In this approach, the excess skin is either removed or tightened, any fat protruding underneath the eye is repositioned, and the eyelid muscle is elevated and repositioned. The natural shape of the eyelid is maintained and a smooth lower eyelid contour that blends naturally with the cheek is provided.
In the event that excess skin tightening is needed for a lower eyelid blepharoplasty, a small incision just below the lower lids’ eyelash line may be necessary.
What Is Eyelid Surgery Recovery Like?
Once you’re discharged following surgery, the remainder of the day and night should be spent relaxing with very minimal activity. A liquid diet is commonly recommended following anesthesia.
Pain is typically very minimal. Tylenol can be used to control or temper minor discomfort. Any significant pain should be reported to us immediately as this could be a sign of bleeding under the skin.
There is generally some post-surgery bruising, swelling, and eyelid tightness that should completely subside within 2 to 4 weeks. Daily activities can typically be resumed within 3 to 5 days once the non-absorbable stitches are removed. A 2 to 3 week work break is usually recommended.
Contact lenses should be avoided for at least 2 weeks. Light and wind sensitivity, along with slight eye irritation, may be noticed. Prescription eye drops and cold compresses can ease much of this post-surgery discomfort.
Within a month or two, the true results of your eyelid lift should be noticeable. Peripheral vision will improve and you’ll look more alert and cheerful.
Are You Interested in Eyelid Surgery in the Mercer County Area?
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for a cosmetic eyelid lift or therapeutic eyelid surgery in Hermitage or Greenville PA, the surgeons at Valley Eye Center have extensive experience with this blepharoplasty procedure. Call us today at 724-347-5665 to schedule an appointment or consultation.