Blepharoplasty

To accentuate the eyes, augment their beauty and give a more refreshed, well-rested appearance. A well done eyelid surgery, will lift the excess skin of the eyelid, and improve the heavy, fatigued look.

Surgery of the eyelids often involves removal of excess skin, fat , or pouches.

The trick with eyelid surgery, is to remove enough skin to provide youth, but not to hollow the eyes giving a gaunt, elderly appearance. Aggressive eyelid surgery will often worsen the appearance of the eyes. This is evident, with many Hollywood celebrities that have had an overly aggressive eyelid procedure. If you examine a 20 year olds youthful eyes, you will note that there is a small amount of excess skin with good volume.

  1. Will my upper eyelid procedure be covered by insurance?  There are strict criteria for having the eyelids covered by insurance. First, there needs to be actual symptoms such as difficulty with reading, driving, or looking at the computer. Second, photographs need to document the excess eyelid skin. Lastly, visual fields that simulate surgery, need to show a clear need for the surgery. Dr. Tate’s office will help assure all of the criteria are met.
  2. Are lower eyelid procedures covered by insurance? Most lower eyelid procedures are considered cosmetic. In rare cases, droopy lower eyelids called ectropion may be covered by insurance, because of the eyelid discomfort and excessive tearing.
  3. Does Dr. Tate’s office perform many eyelid procedures? Yes, Dr. Tate has extensive experience with eyelid procedures.
  4. How long is recovery? Most patients are back to work after 7-10 days.
  5. Is the procedure painful? Almost 100 percent of patients are off pain meds after 24 hours.
  6. Will I be put to sleep? Most often, sedation or “twilight anesthesia” are used. This is a safe, comfortable, and effective way to perform the procedure.
  7. Do I go home after the procedure? Yes, this is an outpatient procedure.
  8. Will I look surprised after the procedure? The goal of this procedure is to give a natural unoperated look.  Dr. Tate has not had a patient complain of a “surprised look.”
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