If your eyelids are heavy, drooping, and interfering with your ability to perform activities of daily living such as driving, reading, or watching TV you may be candidate for an upper eyelid revision and your insurance may cover the cost. There are specific criteria your insurance uses to evaluate whether or not your surgery will be covered under medically necessary. When functional eyelid lift is performed the goal is to see better. As a result people alos enjoy the cosmetic benefits of the surgery. No one is exactly symmetrical before surgery, and the goal is always to balance the symmetry as much as possible after surgery. If the above considerations sound good to you, a consultation with your Ophthalmologist at Eye Doctors of Arizona is the next step.
If our surgeon thinks you are a good candidate for functional blepharoplasty photos of your eyelids and a visual field test is submitted to your insurance for review. If you are approved you may then be scheduled for surgery.
Do you take blood thinners such as warfarin, Eliquis, plavix, aspirin or other medicines that may result in prolonged bleeding times. It is important you let your surgeon know and discuss when considering surgery. Typically, in consultation with you cardiologist or primary care physician the medication is temporarily paused in order to minimize bleeding during surgery.
The day of surgery you will need to have nothing by mouth after midnight. You will arrive to our outpatient surgery center and expect to be there about 3 hours. Patients typically receive IV sedation with local anesthesia to the eyelids. Although some patients sleep through the procedure it is general anesthesia.
You will return home once discharged from the center and typically use ice packs and rest for the rest of the day. You may shower the next day, and generally go about your life with only a few restrictions. These include no swimming pool or jacuzzi for one week. No heavy lifting more than thirty pounds for one week. You may shower once 24 hours have passed following your surgery.
We will see you one week after surgery and remove the stitches at that time.
Before and After Photos Coming Soon!