As your skin slowly loosens and droops over time, you may find the effects to be increasingly hindering your life. Sagging eyelids are a common sign of aging that can make you look older, tired, and even affect your ability to see properly. An upper eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can help you look younger while also relieving your vision impairment. By removing excess skin, an experienced surgeon can help restore your confidence in one short surgical procedure. Tijuana Bariatrics can help you find a trustworthy doctor to perform your blepharoplasty in Monterrey and Tijuana, Mexico.
What is Upper Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a popular procedure that allows patients to achieve a younger-looking appearance and alleviate any vision impairment being caused by sagging skin. During an upper eyelid surgery, excess skin, muscle, and fat is removed to reestablish the contours of the eyelid.
Features that Upper Eyelid Surgery Addresses
Blepharoplasty to address the upper eyelids can improve natural aging effects such as:
- Fatty deposits that create a puffy appearance
- Loose skin folds
- Sagging skin that impairs vision
- Lax muscles
While undergoing this treatment can significantly improve the upper eyelid, it cannot correct crows feet, dark circles, or others signs of aging surround the eye. Typically, patients can pair this procedure with an injectable treatment such as BOTOX® Cosmetic or another dermal filler, a lower eyelid surgery, or other surgeries to achieve widespread rejuvenation.
While technique may vary slightly depending on the unique surgical needs of your case, your blepharoplasty will typically last one to two hours and will be performed in three stages. First, the doctor will prepare the eyelid cleansing the area and providing anesthesia and any necessary sedation for your comfort. They will then draw guidelines so they can follow the natural contours of the eye, ensuring natural-looking results.
The surgeon will then make an incision within the natural fold to minimize visible scarring. Your doctor will expose underlying muscle and fat, tightening any sagging muscles with strategic sutures. At this time, your surgeon can also remove any excess fat and skin that causes bulging or sagging. Finally, they will apply sutures to close the incisions and a protective ointment to aid in healing. The result will be a smoother, tightened eyelid.
What to Expect During Recovery
The first few days following your procedure, patients typically experience:
- Blurred Vision
- A stretched sensation
While these effects are generally minor and should subside within a couple of days, you may require up to 10 days of downtime. To prevent complications, you should keep your head elevated and avoid bending, lifting heavy objects, crying, or engaging in physically intense activities. You will be provided with ointment for dryness, however, you should also refrain from watching TV, reading, using a computer, or wearing contact lenses for the first few days at least. If you have any questions or concerns during recovery, your doctor should be contacted. Your incisions will heal as small pink scars, but they will be hidden in the crease of the eye and most patients see these fade further over the next six months.
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Will Insurance Cover My Procedure?
Typically, insurance will cover blepharoplasty if it improves eyesight. Insurance companies will require that upper eyelids are proven to be the cause of vision impairment through a visual field test and official documentation. You will undergo the test twice, one with your eyes as they are naturally and another with your eyes taped upward to mimic the effects of upper eyelid surgery. Your doctor can provide more information on insurance coverage for your procedure.
Safe, Cost Effective Treatment
Upper eyelid surgery has made a significant difference in the lives of many patients. Tijuana Bariatrics is a leader in medical tourism and can help you arrange for safe, affordable blepharoplasty. Improve your quality of life by contacting a coordinator online or by phone at (800) 308-3607.