Is Blepharoplasty a Cosmetic or Medically Necessary Procedure?

The eyelids are complex, specialized structures that play an important role in keeping your eyes healthy. Any problem with the eyelids can impact eye health and cause vision loss.

From an aesthetic perspective, eyelid problems can make you look older, tired, and run down. Eyelid surgery — blepharoplasty — can range from cosmetic purposes to give you a younger, fresher appearance, to reconstructive surgery to repair injuries to eyelids, or medically necessary reasons to treat eyelid issues that develop with aging.

Commonly referred to as an eyelift, the term is a misnomer because the eyelid is not lifted during surgery. Blepharoplasty involves removing skin, fat, and in some cases muscle to improve the appearance and function of your eyelids.

Richard Peck, MD, is an expert surgeon in West Orange, New Jersey, who can diagnose and treat all forms of eyelid conditions, from cosmetic treatment to complex medically necessary cases.

Cosmetic eyelid surgery

Blepharoplasty is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons. Few things can make you appear more exhausted than droopy upper eyelids and saggy lower eyelids. Gravity, loss of skin elasticity as you age, and weakening of the muscles and other connective tissues contribute to droopy and saggy eyelids.

Eyelid surgery restores the natural vibrant shape of your eyes, resulting in a fresh, more youthful-looking appearance. If you feel self-conscious about looking older and tired, eyelift surgery can restore your confidence.

People who opt for blepharoplasty report a positive change in their social interactions and the way they feel. The best part is that you can combine this surgery with other treatments for stunning results.

Medically necessary eyelid surgery

There are various situations in which blepharoplasty is medically necessary. Drooping upper or lower eyelids is one of the most common reasons for medically necessary blepharoplasty. Excess eyelid skin — dermatochalasis — and downward displacement of the eyelid margin — blepharoptosis — can interfere with your vision.

Commonly called “baggy eyes,” excess upper or lower eyelid skin can be present at birth or develop over time. It’s more common in older adults. Genetic factors appear to play a role in some cases. Certain medical conditions play a role in acquired dermatochalasis.

An abnormally low-lying upper eyelid margin may occur on its own or in conjunction with excess eyelid skin. Both issues can cause significant functional problems. Patients may have trouble reading, driving, and carrying out their daily activities. This makes treatment necessary.

Reconstructive eyelid surgery

Dr. Peck also performs reconstructive eyelid surgery to restore damaged or injured eyelids. Whether you’ve sustained a minor or traumatic injury, he has the expertise to restore the function and aesthetics of your eyelids.

For more information about eyelid surgery and to find out if you’re a good candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Peck. We offer a variety of services to meet your cosmetic and reconstructive needs.

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