Functional Upper Lid Blepharoplasty
What Is Functional Upper Lid Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is also known as eyelid surgery, and there are several types. Functional Upper Lid Blepharoplasty is a procedure that is medically necessary to removes excess skin from the upper lids. This may limit your peripheral vision and prevent you from seeing properly. If a person’s vision is affected, health insurance usually covers the surgery.
If you have excess skin that inhibits your vision, you should schedule a consultation. The eye exam will check for any eye conditions such as dry eye, which could limit or alter the surgical plan, or be a concern after your procedure. Before the procedure, we must also have photographs and visual field tests.
Functional Blepharoplasty Consultation
When you arrive, you will need to provide your medical history. This way we can be aware of major illnesses and problems such as heart disease and hypertension. Before facial surgery, knowing medications or supplements that thin the blood should be made known. All over-the-counter pain/fever reducers (except Tylenol) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are off limits the week before eyelid surgery. Herbal medications such as ginkgo biloba, St. John’s Wort, or high doses of fish oil, flax seed oil, or vitamin E must also be avoided.
Good Candidates For Upper Blepharoplasty
“I could not be happier with the results of my eyelid procedure. And equally, I can’t speak highly enough about the office and staff. From consultation, to procedure, to follow ups, everyone has been so kind and professional. I chose Dr. Holds because eyes are his specialty and I could rest easy knowing his particular expertise. Dr. Holds has a great demeanor and I knew I would be in good hands.”
Recovery from Functional Upper Lid Blepharoplasty
After the procedure, some bruising, swelling, and soreness may develop afterwards. Usually the sutures are removed in the office 6-8 days after surgery, although dissolving sutures may be used. You can take pain medication, if necessary, and you will be asked to sleep with your head elevated and apply ice packs to your eyes periodically to keep the swelling down.
The bruising normally won’t last more than two weeks, but it is possible. You should be able to return to work after a week to ten days, and you can cover any remaining bruises with makeup.