6 Things to Know About Surgery for Sagging Eyelids

No matter your age, your gender, or what you do for a living, chances are that and sagging eyelids have left you feeling insecure at one point or another.

Especially in today’s social media-saturated world, where the pressure is always on to look your best, you’ve likely thought about what you can do to minimize the look of sagging eyelids.

The answer?

Blepharoplasty, a cosmetic surgery procedure more commonly known as an “eyelid lift.” However, especially if your vision is compromised by your eyelids, it can have many other benefits, as well.

There are several things you’ll need to be aware of and take into consideration before you go in for your consultation.

Read on to get the facts you need to make an informed, empowered decision.

1. It Can Improve Your Vision

One of the most common misconceptions about surgery for sagging eyelids?  That it’s done exclusively for cosmetic reasons.  In reality, especially as we age (or even if we’ve spent too much time in the sun) our eyelids lose their elasticity.  Your skin around the eye area can sometimes droop to such an extreme that you can’t see clearly from a loose skin flap.  When this happens, surgery may be your only option.

2. Understand The Risks

It’s also crucial that you understand the possible risks associated with having surgery for sagging eyelids.  For many, there is bruising and in some cases, bleeding around the incisions. These should heal in a few days or weeks. You might also bruise or bleed more than is normal.

3. Understand The Recovery Process

The good news is that, unlike other procedures, surgery for sagging eyelids has a shorter recovery period than you might expect.  Afterward, you might experience swelling and even bruising, but that will be about all in terms of side effects.  You’ll be able to have the sutures taken out in under a week, and once they’re out, you can go back to wearing eye makeup.  On the first day after your surgery, you can expect to have to ice the area around your eyes, and likely also put in eye drops. Depending on your current health conditions, you may also need to use antibiotics.

4. You Have Lots Of Payment Options

Especially if you’re getting surgery in order to improve your vision, the good news is that you might be eligible to have the procedure covered by your insurance company.  Be aware that you’ll need to take a detailed vision test to determine whether or not you’re eligible to be covered by insurance.  Most qualified surgeons will work with you to create a payment plan and fee structure that works for you.  This means that you likely won’t have to pay for your surgery entirely up front.

5. Understanding The Procedure

In most cases, when you have surgery for sagging eyelids, you will not be put under general anesthesia for the procedure — sedation and local anesthesia will be used, instead.

Your surgeon will make incisions around your eyes, remove the excess skin and then sew the area back up. One of the best parts about having the surgery is that you should have little scarring afterward. This is because the natural folds of your eyelids will make scarring nearly impossible to detect.

You can expect to be finished with your surgery in as little as one to two hours. Make a list of concerns that you can present to the surgeon and don’t be afraid to ask any questions.

6. Not Everyone Is A Good Candidate For Surgery

If you’ve smoked, have a heart condition, or if your eyes and skin simply aren’t healthy enough for the procedure, you may not qualify.  The same goes if you have a history of strokes, blood clotting, diabetes, and other, more severe medical conditions.  No matter what, it’s crucial that you’re 100% transparent and honest with your surgeon during your consultation. Nothing is worth putting your eyesight — and your overall health — at risk.

Interested In Learning More About Blepharoplasty For Sagging Eyelids?

We hope this post has educated you about what you can expect out of Blepharoplasty surgery for sagging eyelids.  In addition to Blepharoplasty, we also offer several other procedures to improve your vision and your overall eye health, including Cataract surgery, LASIK, standard eye checkups, and much more.  Spend some time on our website and blog to learn more about how we can help you to better see the world around you, and to feel more confident about the way that you look.  With over 15 locations and more than 25 years of experience, we’re confident that our amazing teams at Tri-State Centers for Sight will help you to turn your vision — and your overall quality of life — around.

Get in touch with us today to learn more!