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About Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid rejuvenation surgery, known as blepharoplasty or an upper or lower eyelid lift, is designed to remove excess eyelid skin, muscle and fatty tissue, restoring the appearance of the eyes with a little “lift”. Eyelid surgery is one of our greatest tools in restoring a more youthful appearance.
-Droopy Upper Eyelid Skin
-Sagging, Puffy Lower Eyelids
Recovery Time: Varies by procedure
(Cost varies depending on length of procedure and anesthesia)
The first step in your surgical treatment with Dr. Waldrop is a consultation to discuss concerns and determine if you are a candidate for surgery. Surgical consultations are scheduled on specific days to ensure adequate time with the surgeon and his staff. When you come in for your consultation, a member of Dr. Waldrop’s friendly medical team will obtain your medical history. After viewing an informative video about eyelid surgery, you will be introduced to the doctor. Dr. Waldrop will evaluate your condition, discuss your goals and expectations, show you pre and postoperative patient photos and answer any medical questions that you may have. One of our highly trained technicians will then perform the necessary medical testing to determine whether or not your procedure is eligible for insurance approval. Our knowledgeable surgical counselor will then take you to a private office to discuss options, answer questions, determine your insurance coverage, provide financial counseling and schedule your surgical procedure. It is our ultimate goal for patients to leave their consultation educated, prepared and excited about their upcoming procedure.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure and Recovery
Dr. Waldrop performs eyelid surgeries at EYE-Q’s state-of-the-art ambulatory surgical center. The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under IV sedation or general anesthesia. During your consultation, Dr. Waldrop will evaluate and determine which procedure would be most effective in addressing your concerns. With an upper eyelid lift, it takes approximately 30 minutes for the procedure itself. Patients are in our surgical center for about 2-3 hours. Initial bruising and swelling can take 2 to 4 weeks to heal. Complete recovery (of swelling and scar tissue) can take 6 to 9 months. A lower eyelid lift takes approximately 1-1/2 hours. The patient is in our surgical center for 4 to 5 hours. Initial bruising and swelling takes 2 to 8 weeks to heal. Complete recovery can take up to 3 to 6 months. Patients are regularly monitored throughout their recovery process. This procedure requires downtime from work and there are some physical restrictions in the initial 2 weeks following the surgery. Patients are restricted from doing any lifting, bending, straining or physical exertion of any kind, and must stay out of the sun until all discoloration dissipates.
Insurance will occasionally cover upper eyelid surgery in cases where the drooping eyelid skin is so severe that it obstructs the patient’s peripheral vision. Dr. Waldrop’s surgical counselor will discuss costs and evaluate your testing to see if you are a candidate for insurance coverage.
Why Choose an Oculoplastic Surgeon?
Many types of surgeons perform cosmetic eyelid surgery, including general surgeons, general ophthalmologists, facial plastic surgeons and dermatologists. However, an oculoplastic surgeon has received full ophthalmology and fellowship training in eyelid, orbital bone and tear duct surgery. Oculoplastic surgeons are specially trained to perform plastic surgery on delicate tissues around the eye while maintaining the function of the eyes. There are only a handful of surgeons trained in this field each year. Dr. Waldrop completed his one-year oculoplastic fellowship training at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT.