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One of the more common procedures performed by our ophthalmologists at Eastside Eye Physicians is an upper eyelid blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for both men and women because of its high level of patient satisfaction.
As we age, the skin above the upper eyelids loosens and sags with time, and fatty tissue tends to accumulate on the inside corner of the eye. Many patients describe a loss of their superior peripheral vision and a feeling of heaviness or tiredness toward the end of the day or when reading. They state the eyes feel better when they use their finger to lift the excess lid skin up.
Most patients experience a marked improvement in their appearance and comfort after a blepharoplasty surgery.
In some patients, the eyelid muscle itself may be weak and droop, causing a condition called ptosis. This is remedied with a procedure called levator advancement and may be necessary in some patients.
Both these procedures are done on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia to the eyelids along with intravenous sedation. Our staff will be happy to discuss your candidacy for this procedure, whether insurance coverage is available, and what preoperative testing needs to be undertaken. Your ophthalmologist will discuss your pre- and post-operative course and potential side effects in depth with you.