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The Eyes Have It: All About Eyelid Surgery

February 18, 2014  |   Plastic Surgeon, Plastic Surgery

As you age, the appearance of your face begins to change. You may start to notice wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin.One area of the face that is commonly affected by age is the eyelids. Many seek plastic surgery to eliminate excess skin and fat, as well as to fix drooping eyelids. Read on to learn more about eyelid surgery, why it is performed, and what costs are involved. What is Eyelid Surgery? Blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic surgery that is used to improve the appearance of the eyes. Due to both age and hereditary causes, the eyelids can droop and become puffy. Your upper eyelids may develop saggy, loose skin that leads to drooping, as well as deposits of excess fat that lead to puffiness. Additionally, your lower eyelids may develop excess skin and wrinkles, and you may also see bags underneath your eyes. Through eyelid surgery, your surgeon can correct these conditions and improve the appearance of your eyes. Eyelid surgery is also often used to correct vision problems caused by drooping upper eyelids.
How is the Procedure Performed? Your surgeon will make incisions on the eyelid that follow their natural lines. The incisions on the upper eyelids are made within the creases, while the incisions on the lower eyelids follow the lower lashes. After making these incisions, your surgeon will eliminate excess muscle, skin, and fat.   What is the Cost of Eyelid Surgery? The cost of eyelid surgery varies based on each individual patient. Because this is a cosmetic surgery, it may not be covered by insurance. However, insurance companies may cover the cost of eyelid surgery when it is medically necessary. This can occur when the eyelid has a significant amount of ptosis, or droop, that is causing a vision obstruction. An eye doctor would need to complete a field of vision exam to determine whether or not the vision is obstructed. To learn more about our eyelid surgery procedures, call Las Colinas Centre for Plastic Surgery today at (972) 831-8822.