Over the years, eyelids can start to sag. Not only can they make a person look older, but they may feel very heavy and may affect your peripheral vision too. In 2012, in the U.S., over 200,000 eyelid surgeries were performed. The average fee for the operation was near $3,000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. If you are experiencing droopy lids, you may wonder if an elective blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is right for you.
Blepharoplasty should be done for you, not to please someone else. Candidates for eyelid surgery should be healthy, non-smokers, with realistic goals for eyelid enhancement. You should not have glaucoma, cardiovascular disease, or thyroid disorders or graves disease. Although most elective, cosmetic surgery is not covered by insurance, if excess eyelid skin covers the eyelashes, you may be covered by insurance. It is worth checking with your insurance carrier.
When considering blepharoplasty, it is important to go over the risks as well as the benefits, with your physician, to properly decide if this surgery is right for you. Several of the potential risks include:
- Unfavorable scarring
- Temporarily blurred or impaired vision
- Dry eyes
- Difficulty closing your eyes
- Lid lag, a pulling down of the lower eyelid may occur and is often temporary
- Ectropion, rolling of the eyelid outwards
- Fluid accumulation
- Blood clots
- Numbness and other changes in skin sensation
- Anesthesia risks
- Pain, which may persist
- Skin discoloration and swelling
- Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Possibility of revision surgery
- Loss of eyesight
While Blepharoplasty is a legitimate problem, it is not a life threatening condition. More than likely, it is a condition that affects older people in there 70’s and 80’s whose peripheral vision is affected. There are not a lot of “functional” blepharoplasty procedures performed on people in their 40’s or 50’s; in that sense, it would most likely be cosmetically performed.
Eyelid surgery could potentially change your sense of self-esteem and your outlook on life, as well as your overall eyesight ability. Due to the potential risks involved, it is important to do thorough research in choosing a blepharoplasty specialist.