Medical blepharoplasty in Charlotte NC
Medical blepharoplasty is any blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, that is performed not so much to improve the appearance of the eyelids as to restore their ability to perform their proper function. With advancing age, eyelids can sometimes sag to the point where they can’t be opened all the way, reducing your field of vision.
There is a visual fields test to determine if you need medical blepharoplasty. This is done by an ophthalmologist. If it turns out that you do need medical blepharoplasty, there’s good news — it’s less expensive than most other facial cosmetic procedures, and you might be able to get your insurance to cover it.
General rules governing blepharoplasty
If you’re going to undergo eyelid surgery, you should be in fairly good health, and should not suffer from blurry vision, dry eye, double vision, diabetes or thyroid problems. If your eyes are well-recessed, you’re a better candidate for blepharoplasty. As with any plastic surgery, if you smoke, you should stop well before the surgery — smoking contracts the blood vessels, limiting the blood flow to your face and slowing the healing process. You should also stop drinking at about the same time. Don’t take any aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs just before the surgery, and have someone to drive you home afterward. There will be some bruising and swelling for several days afterward. Have some music or books on tape handy, so you can rest your eyes. There may also be some itchiness and dryness. The stitches should dissolve or be taken out in about five days.
Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon
If your ophthalmologist believes medical blepharoplasty is necessary for you, the first step in the process is to talk with an expert. Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlotte’s best facial plastic surgeon. He has practiced only facial plastic surgery since 1988, including procedures on the eyelids. He runs a state-of-the-art facility and has made a YouTube video that explains the procedure and shows several before and after photos of his eye lift patients. If you need medical blepharoplasty, make an appointment or request an online consultation today.