Blepharoplasty Surgery

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)


Dr. Helm has over 20 years experience performing both upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty for both functional and cosmetic purposes. Redundant upper eyelid skin, called “dermatochalasis” can obstruct one’s upper field of vision and also contribute to chronic ocular fatigue. Fatigue results because in order to lift the eyelid skin up and out of the way, the forehead muscles are working extra during all waking hours. When this is the case, supporting documentation including photographs and visual field (peripheral vision) tests are submitted to your insurance carrier to obtain preauthorization for surgery. Insurance does not cover lower lid blepharoplasty. When this is done in conjunction with upper lid surgery there is an extra charge.

Upper lid blepharoplasty typically takes about 45 minutes to an hour to perform. Lower lid surgery may take an additional hour depending upon what is needed. Surgery is performed under iv sedation and is entirely painless. After surgery there will be swelling but very little discomfort if any. Most people are swollen for a couple of weeks.

Eyelid surgery typically results in a sense of improved vision and a lessening of eyestrain. The goal of surgery is generally not to change your look but improve your functioning and enhance your look! We avoid the “deer in the headlights” look. Dr. Helm strives to avoid removing too much skin. As an ophthalmologist Dr. Helm understands well the need to be able to close your eyes after surgery! It is also not generally pleasing to look to others as if you’ve had lid surgery. The best compliment is when someone notes that you look “rested”!

Feel free to come into our office to look through more photographs of our results!
The post-op photos are generally taken about 7 weeks after surgery.
Patients are not instructed to wear or not wear make-up and the pictures are “as is”.

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