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Did you know eyelid surgery (known in the medical world as Blepharoplasty) is in the top 5 most commonly performed procedures worldwide?

While it remains most popular in Eastern Asian countries due to its aesthetic and vision aiding benefits for Asian facial structures, the procedure continues to be popular through the West, delivering great results for those who have droopy upper or lower lids.

Ageing upper eyelids and lower lid bags can make people look “tired and angry” even when they feel very differently on the inside.

What types of procedures are there?

  • Upper Eyelid Surgery is mainly used to improve vision loss and the appearance of the eye due to aging or genetics. This type of surgery can restore the function of the eye or provide a more rounded, open appearance. As the name implies, this procedure focuses on the upper eyelid only.
  • Lower Eyelid Surgery focuses on removing wrinkles in the skin, correcting baggy eyes and / or improving the overall appearance of the lower eyelid. As the name implies, this procedure focuses on the lower eyelid only.
  • Double Eyelid Surgery creates a crease in the upper eyelid, making a wider, larger-looking eye. This is the procedure that’s most popular in East Asia, and the one most often referenced in relation to blepharoplasty as a whole.

The eyelid procedure you’re best suited for may vary depending on the shape of your eyes and other health conditions, so it’s best to consult with your surgeon prior to making any decisions.

Who is a candidate for blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery may be an option for you if droopy or sagging eyelids keep your eyes from opening completely or pull your lower lids down.

Blepharoplasty may be an option if you have

  • Baggy or droopy upper eyelids
  • Excess skin of the upper eyelids that interferes with your peripheral vision
  • Excess skin on the lower eyelids
  • Bags under your eyes

Are blepharoplasty procedures covered under Medicare?

Medicare does not typically cover cosmetic surgery, however if your eyelids are impacting your vision you may be eligible to claim some of the procedure on Medicare. Speak with your surgeon about your options, and what’s the most appropriate path for you.