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A 41-year-old member asked:

When would a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) be needed?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Elective surgery: A blephariplasty is in elective in most instances meaning that it is never required but desired. In rare circumstances, the skin may protrude over the eyelashes with advances dermatochalasis and cause obstruction of vision in which case a blephariplasty may help to improve vision. Another state is when the eyelid muscles are weak/lax/lengthened: blepharoptosis & lead to the eyelid covering the eye.
Dr. Michael Macdonald
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Commonly after 30: The most common age to first consider this is usually mid-thirties to early forties. There are also familial or genetic influences that may cause patients to consider this earlier. Blepharoplasty improves puffiness, a tired look or excess eyelid skin.
Dr. Christopher Hove
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Needed or wanted?: Upper blepharoplasty is typically medically necessary when upper eyelid skin droops low enough to cause blockage of peripheral vision (like blinders on a horse). I have seen that in people as young as there 20's, but that is rare- it usually occurs in the 40's or 50's. People commonly want them done for cosmetic purposes in their 30-50's. www.hovecenter.com.
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Visual Field Obstruc: If your upper eyelid skin is interfering with your vision you may need to have the excess skin removed. You will need to have a visual field test performed by an ophthalmologist to determine this.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What is a medical condition that requires a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Dermatochalasis: Droopy eyelids, dermatochalasis and or ptosis.
Dr. Mark Burke
Dr. Mark Burke commented
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Typically one would need documentation that the eyelids are impeding the patient's visual fields from an eye health professional to have this covered by insurance.
Dec 25, 2013

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