August 23, 2017
Functional Vs. Cosmetic Blepharoplasty
Expressive and delicate, the eyes are said to be the windows to the soul. Maintaining the youthful look of the eyelids (the trimming on the windows, if you will) can provide benefits that go well beyond aesthetics. As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Charles Perry helps many patients enhance the beauty of the eye areas using the latest techniques. But many people do not realize that there are functional benefits to eyelid surgery as well as cosmetic ones.
Blepharoplasty, as eyelid surgery is known in medical terms, is designed to reduce excess skin and fat on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. This technique can make the eyes appear more open, rejuvenate the face, and reduce the severity of under-eye bags and sagging. Additionally, blepharoplasty may expand a patient’s visual field. Significant skin laxity can obstruct eyesight. By trimming away the folds that obscure peripheral vision, eyelid surgery can provide functional improvement in range of perception. In this instance, blepharoplasty is often considered medically necessary and many types of insurance plans offer partial coverage for treatment.
If you’re bothered by excess skin on your eyelids and deep under-eye bags, eyelid surgery may be able to help you in multiple ways. Talk to our medical team today to see if blepharoplasty is right for you.