Are you suffering from drooping eyelids or undereye bags, even though you get a decent amount of sleep each night?

You’re not alone. As we age, fat deposits around the lower eyelids produce swelling and excess skin on the upper eyelids produce sagging. That means all the eye cream and serums in the world can’t counteract this swelling and sagging. That’s where eyelid surgery comes into play.

What is eyelid surgery?

This surgical procedure, also known as a blepharoplasty, is performed on the upper eyelids to improve peripheral vision and on the lower eyelids to remove the fat pads that cause the swelling.  Upper eyelid surgery involves making tiny incisions along the natural crease of the eyelid so the surgeon can dissect excess skin and tighten it with tiny sutures.  Lower eyelid surgery to remove fat pads involves making tiny incisions inside the lower lid to remove the fat pads. No sutures are required with this technique, known as transconjunctival blepharoplasty because the wound is self-sealing.

What is eyelid surgery recovery like?

Most patients should expect to take a few days off of work to recover from the procedure, as there will be some post-recovery bruising and swelling. Final results can usually be seen within a couple of months.

Am I a candidate for eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery is an excellent option for patients who have moderate-to-severe eyelid drooping and/or undereye bags. In some cases, the cost of the upper eyelid surgery may be covered by your health insurance if pre-testing can reveal there is vision loss due to the excess skin.  Lower eyelid surgery is rarely covered by insurance and is considered cosmetic.  This means that the patient is responsible for 100% of the payment for this procedure.

Want to learn more about how eyelid surgery can help you look younger? Schedule an eyelid surgery consultation with ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths at NewView Eye Center in Reston, VA today by calling our office at (703) 834-9777 or filling out the form on this page.