Do you have droopy, sagging eyelids that hang heavy and make you look older? As we age, our skin loses its natural elasticity and finds it harder to fight the effects of gravity. Everything eventually moves toward the ground. You may have already noticed this effect on other parts of your body. Forehead skin, jowls, breasts, and even abdominal tissue eventually droop and sag. Our eyelids are no exception. In fact, the skin around the eyes and eyelid can be even more prone to the effects of aging because it is very thin and lacks support of additional fat tissue deposits.
This loose skin obviously makes you look older, but it can also obstruct your vision. Moderate to severe eyelid drooping can even be dangerous. If your field of vision is obstructed during tasks such as driving, it can compromise your ability to make quick decisions necessary while behind the wheel. Eyelid drooping can be as dangerous as not checking your blind spot by looking over your shoulder! Your doctor can easily assess your field of vision and determine which areas, if any, are compromised.
One of the most common anti-aging cosmetic procedures involves lifting the upper eyelid to open up the eye area and create a more refreshed and youthful appearance. Big, bright eyes are a symbol of youth and give the appearance that we are awake and rejuvenated. Droopy, sagging eyelids cause us to look tired. Some studies show that sagging eyelids can even make individuals look less intelligent.
So, you’re considering blepharoplasty. Great! As with other cosmetic surgical procedures, it certainly doesn’t come free and may be expensive depending on the extent of eyelid lifting that you need to have done. The unfortunate drawback for most elective cosmetic surgical procedures is that insurance will not compensate you for the operation.
However, upper eyelid surgery is different. As mentioned above, the aim of blepharoplasty is to lift the upper eyelid to open up the eye area and give you a more youthful appearance. One of the biggest effects of opening up the eye area is to improve vision. It is along this line of reasoning that insurance companies can be persuaded to compensate you for this elective cosmetic surgery. If you are having difficulty seeing or find that your sagging eyelids interfere with your normal activities, then improvement of vision may be enough to encourage the insurance company to pay for your blepharoplasty procedure.
Dr. Pittman and his team of friendly professionals offer blepharoplasty surgery to their patients. This upper eyelid surgery removes excess skin, fat, and muscle in order to improve vision and appearance. The length of the surgery is one to two hours and you can expect to be back reading within two to three days. Bruising and swelling will take 10 to 14 days to disappear and you should not plan on wearing contact lenses for at least two weeks.