Droopy eyelids can cause a variety of issues for people affected 

Droopy eyelids can be caused by different factors and can impact Charlotte, NC patient’s daily lives. Some people may see their eyelids start to droop as they age, while others may have naturally heavier upper eyelids. Many people may feel self conscious about the way their eyes look and wish to have it corrected to feel better about their appearance. Droopy eyelids can also cause problems with people’s vision as eyelid begins to hang over the eyes. 

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty can remove excess skin from above the eye 

To correct a droopy eyelid, surgeons may perform an upper eyelid blepharoplasty. This procedure requires the doctor to make an incision in the crease of the upper eyelid. The surgeon will then remove excess skin, fat, and even muscle to help lighten the weight of the upper eyelid. Since the incision was made in the eyelid’s natural crease, the scar is naturally hidden.  

Often, the surgeon may recommend additional procedures to someone who is having upper eyelid surgery. Browlifts may be done as well to help lift the eye even more. Laser treatments can be done as well to correct skin discoloration under the eyes.   

Patients will experience swelling and bruising after surgery 

Patients will have bruising and swelling around the eyes after surgery. Thankfully, the bruising fades within a week and the swelling typically goes down in one to two weeks. Most patients feel comfortable enough with their recovery to return to work and activities within two weeks.  

Patients who are recovering from eyelid surgery to correct droopy eyelid should be sure to follow doctor’s aftercare instructions carefully. Typically patients will need to avoid common painkillers such as ibuprofen and aspirin. Elevating the head can help keep swelling down as well. Patients should take precautions to protect eyes from the sun until they are fully healed. Patients will also need to avoid wearing contacts after surgery and avoid rubbing the eyes as well.  

Most insurance companies will not cover eyelid surgery 

Most insurance companies will not cover cosmetic surgeries or the care before and after the procedure. It is usually up to the patient to save and cover the cost themselves. However, some insurance companies may help cover the bill if the surgery is for medical reasons. If someone has a droopy eyelid corrected to improve their vision, insurance may chip in to cover it. Patients should contact their insurance carrier prior to surgery to confirm if they cover the surgery and if so if there are any restrictions to what they will cover. 

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon 

Charlotte, NC patients who are considering surgery to correct a droopy eyelid should contact Dr. Sean Freeman. Dr. Freeman is double board certified and has years of experience. Dr. Freeman’s patients benefit from his commitment to finding the best techniques to give patients the best results possible. If you are considering a procedure, contact Dr. Freeman’s office to schedule your consultation.