At some time in their lives, everyone has looked in the bathroom mirror and seen puffy, tired eyes staring at them. Various types of eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can help refresh a patient’s overall look. During the procedure, excess skin, fat, and muscle are removed to reduce or eliminate puffiness and smooth the skin. Below are several little-known facts about blepharoplasty.
It Can Help Patients See Better
While most believe that eyelid surgery is done for cosmetic reasons, it may improve some patients’ vision. Sagging skin around the eyes and on the upper eyelids may inhibit peripheral vision, and upper eyelid surgery will help some see clearer.
Some Procedures May be Covered by Insurance
Insurance seldom pays for purely cosmetic procedures. With that said, if blepharoplasty is done to improve a person’s sight, insurance may cover some or all of the bill. The final cost depends on the nature of the procedure. For instance, surgery on both sets of eyelids is costlier than single-lid surgery. Before booking a procedure, patients should check with their doctor and insurance company.
The Surgery Can’t Help With Some Conditions
Eyelid surgery can do a lot; it will rejuvenate the eyes, correct droopy lids, and remove excess muscle, skin, and fat around the eyes. However, it won’t eliminate those dark circles everyone hates. Getting enough rest is a good place to start, but if under-eye circles are the issue, they can be treated with concealer, hydroquinone creams, or IPL therapy.
It’s Not for Everyone
Like all other surgical procedures, eyelid surgery has its risks. If a patient has a condition such as dry eye, retinal detachment, glaucoma, diabetes, or high blood pressure, blepharoplasty may not be right for them. Patients should tell their surgeon about all medical issues they have, no matter how minor they seem.
Certain Behaviors Delay Recovery
Everyone knows smoking and drinking aren’t very healthy, but doing it after eyelid surgery may delay healing and increase the chances of complications such as bruising or swelling. By following the doctor’s instructions, patients will be back to normal in no time at all. For a more optimistic view, both figuratively and literally, visit https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/22/what-does-optimism-look-like-now/ today.