What is Functional Blepharoplasty?

Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery | Ophthalmic Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Inc. | St. Louis, MOBlepharoplasty is the formal term that describes eyelid surgery. Most of the time, blepharoplasty is discussed as a beneficial cosmetic procedure. It’s true that the majority of eyelid surgery cases performed today do revolve around improving a person’s appearance. We have come to understand that eyelids that are heavy and droopy make the entire face look drawn and tired. The way the eyelids look can even make a person appear angry. Blepharoplasty is a procedure that can change all that, but there’s more.

When Blepharoplasty is a Necessary Procedure

There is another term that is important to know: functional blepharoplasty. This term describes an upper eyelid surgery that is performed to improve a person’s field of vision. Whether due to the aging process or another condition, drooping of the upper eyelid or eyelids can become so severe that tissue hangs over the lash line, obstructing clear vision. An observation of eyelid tissue and positioning combined with a visual field test typically provides sufficient information to determine if a person is a good candidate for functional blepharoplasty.

Why Your Ophthalmologist is an Optimal Resource for Blepharoplasty

Functional blepharoplasty is a common procedure that board-certified ophthalmologists can perform. In fact, your eye doctor is an optimal resource for this surgery because there are unique potential side effects that need to be well-understood. Our training and experience allow us to be especially familiar with the ocular structure as well as the effects of eyelid surgery, such as natural ocular lubrication.

The Functional Blepharoplasty Procedure

Board-certified ophthalmologists perform a functional blepharoplasty on the upper eyelids to remove excess tissue from the visual field. The outpatient procedure involves mild sedation and local anesthetic. First, your ophthalmologist will place a discreet incision within the natural crease of the eyelid. Through this incision, they will then remove excess skin. Throughout the procedure, the ophthalmologist will monitor symmetry closely to ensure both a functional and aesthetically pleasing outcome. For extended cosmetic results, patients may also choose to include lower blepharoplasty or a brow lift into their procedure.

Are you a candidate for functional or cosmetic blepharoplasty? Schedule a consultation at our St. Louis office to find out. Call 314-567-3567.

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