Eyelid Surgery

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Learn about aging of the upper face and how the eyebrows and upper eyelids change. Board Certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Jolene Andryk, MD, discusses.


What is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can be performed on the upper eyelid, lower eyelid or both.

Upper-eyelid surgery is performed to improve the appearance of heavy and sagging upper eyelids. It is sometimes done in conjunction with a forehead lift to improve the vitality of your eyes even more. Lower-eyelid surgery is performed to reduce the appearance of puffiness and bags under the eyes.

Why Consider Eyelid Surgery?

There are many reasons people have eyelid surgery. Generally, the goal of eyelid surgery is to rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes, giving you a more alert and rested look.

Eyelid surgery can:

  • Remove excess fatty deposits that cause the upper eyelids to look puffy, making you look tired
  • Treat loose or sagging skin that creates folds on the upper eyelid, sometimes to the extent that it can impair your vision and change the color or contour of your eyelid
  • Remove excess skin and fine wrinkles from your lower eyelid and treat bags under your eyes
  • Correct droopiness of the lower eyelids that causes the white of your eye, below your iris, to show

If you’re unsatisfied with the appearance of your eyes, talk with an eye surgeon at Aurora Health Care about what can be done to change your look and give you a more youthful appearance.

How is Eyelid Surgery Performed?

Before your eyelid surgery begins, you will be given anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Your surgeon will determine the type of anesthesia based on what is best for you.

The techniques used during eyelid surgery will depend on whether you’re treating your upper eyelid, lower eyelid or both. Your surgeon will also take into consideration other factors, such as the amount of excess skin and fat in the eyelid area, the condition of the muscles around your eyelids and your eyebrow position, and will choose the surgical technique(s) best for you.

Upper-eyelid surgery usually involves an incision that will be hidden within the natural folds of your upper eyelids. Through the incision, your surgeon will remove fatty tissue and excess skin. He or she may also remove a small portion of the muscle.

Lower-eyelid surgery typically involves creating an incision just below your lower lashes. Your surgeon then will remove excess fat, skin and muscle to create a smoother appearance. He or she may also redistribute fat to eliminate bulges or puffiness under the eyes. Sometimes, an incision is made inside your lower eyelid to remove excess fat. This option eliminates outward scarring, but it does not allow for removal of excess skin.

Sometimes, your surgeon may choose to use a laser in addition to other techniques to tighten the skin on your lower eyelid.

Why Should I Choose Aurora Health Care for Eyelid Surgery?

At Aurora Health Care, you’re not just another patient. Your health is our first priority, and we want what’s best for you – even if that means you choose not to have eyelid surgery.

When you choose Aurora for cosmetic surgery, you’re choosing more than just a surgeon. You’re choosing an entire health care system that offers you much more than surgery. We offer a multidisciplinary team of doctors who work together to provide you with care that stands above the competition.

  • Every procedure is performed by a surgeon

Every person who performs cosmetic surgeries at Aurora is a surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery. That’s not always the case at cosmetic surgery centers.

You can also count on Aurora’s eyelid surgeons because:

  • We’re experienced experts

Cosmetic plastic surgeons at Aurora have years of experience. We understand what an important decision you have in front of you, and we will work with you to make the decisions that are best for you. Once you’ve decided to go ahead with eyelid surgery, you can feel confident knowing that an entire team of physicians throughout the hospital is in your corner to ensure you get the best possible care. And our staff will be with you every step of the way to help and support you through the process.

  • Success and safety are our goals

At Aurora Health Care, your safety is our first priority. We go to great lengths to make sure that every procedure we perform is both safe and successful.

Is Eyelid Surgery Covered by Insurance?

Whether or not your eyelid surgery will be covered by your insurance company will depend upon your policy and whether or not your procedure is considered elective. If you have questions about whether your procedure will be covered, contact your insurance company directly.

How Do I Find a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon at Aurora Health Care?

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