Eyelid Surgery: Fact vs. Fiction

Eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty within the medical community, is one of the most consistently popular cosmetic procedures. It’s in demand among both women and men.

Despite the fact that the procedure enjoys such widespread appreciation, however, there are still many misconceptions about blepharoplasty. Let’s set the record straight.

  • Blepharoplasty Only Addresses the Upper Lids — Fiction

    Blepharoplasty is actually a term that is applied to lower lid surgery as well. Upper eyelids are typically lifted as excess skin is eliminated, while lower lids often have fat pockets removed, as well as saggy skin.

    Over the years, the procedure has grown to encompass additional steps to rejuvenate and brighten the eyes as needed. Dermal fillers or a patient’s own fat can be used to smooth tear troughs and hollows beneath the eyes, and some patients elect treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic to relax forehead wrinkles at the same time as surgery.

  • Eyelid Surgery is Mainly for Older People — Fiction

    Given the surgical options and non-surgical add-ons today, younger people as well as middle age and older folks seek eyelid surgery. Some younger patients have naturally droopy eyelids and want to brighten their look, others have bags or hollows under their eyes at an early age. Asian patients sometimes want to open up their eyes without obliterating all traces of their heritage. Nowadays, blepharoplasty is a choice that can work for many.

  • People with Extra Risk Factors Can’t Have Surgery — Fiction

    It’s true that some conditions—such as dry eyes, bulging eyes or poor skin tone—make eyelid surgery more challenging. Indeed some patients are not good candidates, but many can still benefit from a modified procedure with a blepharoplasty expert.

  • Blepharoplasty Recovery is Painful — Fiction

    Actually, eyelid surgery is one of the least painful cosmetic procedures. Patients usually report feeling some tightness and scratchy eyes—rarely do they characterize recovery as “painful.”

  • You May Not Be Able to Close Your Eyes After Surgery — Fact

    Like all types of surgery, blepharoplasty does involve some risks. A few, such as infection, unusual bleeding and unfavorable scarring, are common to just about any procedure. Some, such as the inability to close your eyes, are specific to eyelid surgery.

    Strictly speaking, it is possible that a patient may not be able to close his or her eyes after surgery. Fortunately, this complication is extremely rare. In the hands of a highly experienced blepharoplasty expert, the likelihood of this happening is almost nil.

  • Eyelid Surgery Can Be Performed by a Variety of Doctors — Fiction

    Although eyelid surgery is generally not dangerous, because the area is delicate and the stakes are high, patients should consider only board certified plastic and oculoplastic surgeons. It’s important to choose one who has performed hundreds of blepharoplasty surgeries and can demonstrate consistent success and satisfied patients.

  • Eyelid Surgery is Often Covered by Insurance — Fiction

    Unfortunately, most eyelid surgery is considered cosmetic and is not covered by insurance. Carriers will sometimes make an exception for cases in which droopy eyelids obstruct vision.

Blepharoplasty has been around for many years. It has always offered tremendous rejuvenation potential with a smooth recovery period—that’s why eyelid surgery has enjoyed so much popularity among both men and women. Today, the procedure is more flexible, more effective and safer than ever.

  • linda

    I had upper eye surgery and it was a wonderful change. Then within a little over a year after My lids
    started drooping again. I returned to my surgeon and he said that my forehead dropped so I need surgery for that to the tune of over two thousand dollars. Not good does this happen to other people?

  • Ann

    I need upper and lower sugery. I have hollows and bags under my eyes that make me look tired all time. In addition my upper lids make wearing my gas permeable contacts difficult. I saw a laser used to correct the under eye issue on a medical tv show that looked promising. Is that being used much?

  • Ruthie

    I had this done three years ago & the results are wonderful. Everything above is true however some people experience more swelling & bruising than others (me) & it took me over two months to really see the swelling go completely down.