Why would someone get eyelid surgery?

The most common eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, is done to make you look younger by removing excess skin of the upper or lower eyelids or by removing bags under the lower eyelids. Bags sometimes form under the eyes as you get older because the tissues relax, allowing small fat pads to sag forward. This can make it look like you have dark circles under your eyes. Everyone’s a little bit different but this can happen as early as your mid-40’s. In some cases, I can smooth the skin of the lower eyelids with the use of the laser rather than surgically remove skin.

Is this a surgery that would need to be performed a second time?

Most blepharoplasties only need to be done once, but, a touch up could be necessary after several years.

Will insurance pay for it?

Insurance will pay for an eyelid surgery if the skin of the upper eyelid is blocking the vision. To prove this, patients usually need to have a visual field test done by an optometrist to show how much obstruction the excess skin on the eyelid is causing.

What’s the recovery process like?

The operation can be done under local anesthetic with the patient awake, or, it can be done under “twilight anesthesia” (sedation and local), or it can be done under general anesthesia. Patients will experience swelling of the eyelids in the first 3-4 days. Stitches will come out 4-5 days after surgery and bruising can last up to three weeks. For the first three days, we recommend that our patients find something to listen to, rather than watch television or read. The scars are virtually invisible after healing.

Ahwatukee Foothills Plastic Surgery

Dr. Todd K. Farnworth, MD

15810 W. 45th St. Suite 140

Phoenix, AZ 85048




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