The Different Types of Blepharoplasty

blepharoplasty, St. loius. MOIn recent years, blepharoplasty has been one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures to be performed. This outpatient technique is widespread and therefore needs to be well-understood. The first thing you should know if you are considering blepharoplasty is that it matters who performs your procedure. A board-certified surgeon who has performed many successful blepharoplasties should have several ways in which they minimize risks. Complications related to eyelid rejuvenation surgery are relatively mild in most cases. However, the risk exists and can be better managed with experience on your side. The next matter of importance is recognizing that blepharoplasty may be cosmetic or functional. The overall goal of surgery may be similar regardless of why it is needed. However, people who need functional blepharoplasty may qualify for insurance coverage for their procedure.  

Cosmetic Blepharoplasty

Most blepharoplasty procedures are performed for cosmetic improvement. This is not a medically necessary surgery. It is done to make the eyes look younger and more open. Cosmetic blepharoplasty is usually sought to correct the signs of aging, such as undereye puffiness or heavy, droopy upper eyelids. These problems are common because the skin around the eyes is thin and delicate so is susceptible to weakness. 

Functional Blepharoplasty

While cosmetic blepharoplasty is not medically necessary, functional blepharoplasty is. Like cosmetic blepharoplasty, functional eyelid surgery is performed to remove loose, sagging skin. It is usually performed on the upper eyelids. What may make upper blepharoplasty medically necessary is that tissue has dropped over the eyelashes and is affecting vision. The procedure may be seen as necessary if sagging tissue is causing chronic pain around the eyes or in the forehead area, or if the problem prevents a person from wearing eyeglasses. Insurance companies often have specific criteria that procedures must meet to make them medically necessary.

Regardless of the type of blepharoplasty a person has, the results of a well-performed procedure are rewarding and can remain so for several years. Blepharoplasty is a conservative, minimally-invasive procedure that incurs a relatively short recovery period. Patients can expect mild bruising and swelling around the eyes and some tenderness or soreness. Prescription pain medication can help reduce discomfort. Usually, all side effects have resolved two weeks after surgery.

There are reasons why blepharoplasty is so popular. See what yours are! Call 314-567-3567 to schedule your consultation at our St. Louis office. 

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