Medical Upper Blepharoplasty / Anterior Approach Ptosis Repair
The most commonly performed eyelid surgery is an upper eyelid blepharoplasty. The surgery takes less than half an hour and is completed under conscious or general anesthesia with an anesthesiologist present. The excess skin and fat is removed from above the upper eyelid. Return to normal function is within days, and return to normal appearance is within weeks. Stitches are removed at 14 days postoperatively. Complications, such as excessive bleeding and scarring, are rare.
Preoperatively, patients report that their heavy, droopy eyelids obstruct their vision. They often constantly raise their eyebrows, and/or tilt their head back (chin up) in order to compensate; they usually are unaware that they are doing this. They may notice an obstruction of their peripheral vision, either from above, to the sides, or both. With proper testing, photography, and measurements to document visual impairment, insurance (including Medicare) may pay for all or part of the surgical cost.