You’ve heard of a facelift before, but can the same be done with your eyes? The answer is: it can. While some may call it an eyelift, the official term is blepharoplasty. But don’t just think of it as a facelift for your eyes, because this normally cosmetic procedure can have an even greater purpose, especially when you put your eyelid surgery in the hands of Dr. Ryan Couvillion, M.D., M.S. and his team of experts at Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX.
What is blepharoplasty?
Basically, blepharoplasty can be divided into two kinds of eyelid surgery: cosmetic blepharoplasty and functional blepharoplasty. Cosmetic blepharoplasty, or an eyelid lift, tends to be the most common cosmetic eyelid procedure that helps to tighten drooping eyelids due to inevitable aging and gives you the more youthful appearance you yearn for once again.
The procedure itself is relatively simple and usually done on an outpatient basis. Dr. Couvillion will first provide you with any necessary medication to make you feel at ease, as well as numb the area of your eye with an injection. From there, the procedure is rather similar whether you are focusing on upper eyelid surgery or looking to reduce the saggy bags underneath your eyes. Both involve the removal of excess fat or tissue that is naturally part of the aging process. Cosmetically however, the ultimate goal will be to tighten the skin surrounding your top or bottom eyelids in order to stretch any drooping pockets around your eyes for a smoother-looking outcome. And like with any plastic surgery, Dr. Couvillion will assess the best incision points to minimize any potential, post-surgery scarring, all while making you look (and feel) younger once again.
The benefits of blepharoplasty
The benefits of cosmetic blepharoplasty may appear obvious. You will look younger, more vibrant, and less tired. Yet there are more subtle advantages when the process is more restorative in nature with a plastic surgery procedure called functional blepharoplasty. In short, with functional blepharoplasty, there are benefits that may not be visible to the naked eye but are certainly noticeable to you by ultimately helping you see better once you fully recover from eyelid surgery.
A common misconception about some vision loss can occur: most vision loss is part of the biological part of the aging process. And while that is true for the most part, it’s not always ocular related. Especially if you have upper eyelid-related drooping, your sagging skin can actually impair or block your normal scope of vision, decreasing or blurring your eyesight due to excess skin tissue. Functional blepharoplasty not only can rectify this, but in many cases, can have you looking cosmetically younger at the same time.
Will blepharoplasty actually help me see better?
Chances are, yes. Dr. Couvillion and his team at Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX always recommend you consult with your trusted eye professional first, as your vision loss may be the result of something far more serious like a degenerative disease that exists in parts of your eye like the retina or cornea. However, after the initial necessary healing time and recovery from your blepharoplasty surgery, you may find simple tasks like reading or driving become less of a strain due to an increased field of vision. Even better? Many insurances may cover your procedure if you can prove your saggy eyelids are the cause of your progressive decrease in vision.
What are my first steps for eyelid surgery in Houston, TX?
If you’re experiencing any sort of vision loss, visit your optometrist first to determine if you are an ideal candidate for functional blepharoplasty and if your insurance will cover it. Should you be looking for more answers to your unresolved cosmetic blepharoplasty surgery questions, contact plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion at Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to schedule your consultation, so he can properly assess and explain a proposed procedure based on your own individual wants and needs.