Face & Eye – Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a popular and effective procedure to improve the appearance and function of the eyelids. Eyelid skin can lose elasticity with age, causing sagging of the upper eyelids and bags under the eyes. Blepharoplasty can restore a refreshed and youthful look to the eye area.

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Cosmetic Eye Surgery in Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach

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The team of eye surgery experts at Tidewater Eye Centers includes highly skilled oculoplastic surgeons who specialize in blepharoplasty. Sagging upper eyelids, excess skin around the eyes, and a puffy under eye area can make you look tired or angry even when you feel happy and well-rested. Blepharoplasty, or eye lift surgery, can make the skin around the eyes look firmer for a pleasant, bright-eyed appearance.

Upper Blepharoplasty

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Upper blepharoplasty focuses on the upper eyelids to address:

Lower Blepharoplasty

Lower eyelid surgery focuses on the lower eyelids to address:

Functional Blepharoplasty for Ptosis

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Eyelid surgery is usually a cosmetic procedure, but functional blepharoplasty can be necessary if sagging upper eyelids interfere with vision. In particular, a condition called ptosis may require surgery to correct. Ptosis can occur as a result of an injury to the eyelid muscle or as a result of aging.1 If deemed medically necessary, this type of blepharoplasty may be covered by insurance.

Eyelid Surgery—What to Expect

We know that each patient is unique, and at Tidewater Eye Centers you will receive a customized treatment plan that is suited to your individual needs and goals.

Preparing for Eyelid Surgery

Your consultation appointment at Tidewater Eye Centers is your chance to ask any questions you have about eyelid surgery. One of our surgeons will evaluate your eyes and review your medical history to determine if you are a candidate. If you decide that blepharoplasty is right for you, we will provide you with detailed pre-surgical instructions.

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How Eyelid Surgery Works

Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed with local anesthesia. A sedative may also be provided to help you relax. Your surgeon will make incisions in the natural creases of the upper eyelids or the inside of the lower eyelid, taking care to place them strategically to avoid visible scarring. Excess fat and skin are removed to reveal a more youthful appearance.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

After eyelid surgery, you may experience mild swelling, bruising, or light sensitivity. These side effects are temporary and should resolve within a week or so of surgery. You may resume many day-to-day activities within a few days, but you will need to avoid strenuous activities for several weeks. You will also need to refrain from using contact lenses or eye makeup for two weeks after surgery. Your doctor will give you detailed instructions for post-operative care, which may include cold compresses and lubricating eye drops.

Frequently Asked Questions About Eyelid Surgery

Am I a candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

If you are bothered by loose skin around the eyes, sagging eyelids, or puffiness, blepharoplasty may be an ideal solution for facial rejuvenation. Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are in good general health with no history of complex eye conditions.

Why should I choose an Oculoplastic Surgeon for Eyelid Surgery?

Plastic surgeons are trained on cosmetic procedures for the body and face, while an oculoplastic surgeon completes highly specialized training with an in-depth focus on the delicate eye area. Oculoplastic surgeons have experience with a range of eye concerns and have the skill to care for vision health while also providing cosmetic improvement.

What are the possible side effects of Eyelid Surgery?

Any surgical procedure comes with some risk of complications or side effects. Blepharoplasty is a low-risk procedure when performed by an experienced and qualified surgeon, but possible complications include infection, bleeding, and damage to the eye muscles.

Will insurance cover Eyelid Surgery?

Blepharoplasty is typically considered an elective cosmetic procedure. While some cases of functional blepharoplasty for medical reasons may be approved for insurance coverage, eyelid surgery is usually an out-of-pocket expense. We offer a variety of payment options.

Contact Tidewater Eye Centers

If you are unhappy with the appearance or function of your eye lids, contact us today to find out if eyelid surgery could enhance your life and help you look as young as you feel.

1 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Ptosis. Available: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-is-ptosis Accessed April 29, 2021
2 Mayo Clinic. Blepharoplasty. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/blepharoplasty/about/pac-20385174 Accessed April 29, 2021

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