Eyelid Surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that can significantly improve the appearance (and, in some cases, the function) of the eyelids. However, many eyelid surgery myths persist. We want to set the record straight and make sure you know the truth about this procedure.
1. Myth: Eyelid Surgery Will Leave Noticeable Scars
The goal with this cosmetic procedure is for your eyelids to look amazing. So, the incisions are placed in inconspicuous areas and are generally imperceptible once the lids fully heal.
2. Myth: Eyelid Surgery Can Address a Sagging Eyebrow
Eyelid surgery is specifically focused on lifting or correcting eyelid tissue. It does not move the eyebrow. If you have a sagging eyebrow, discuss a brow lift with Dr. Kunkel.
3. Myth: You’ll See the Final Results Right After Surgery
Immediately after the surgery, you’ll be able to get an idea of what your eyelids will look like. Over a period of about six months, the eyelid fully heals and you see your long-term result.
4. Myth: Eyelid Surgery Causes Chronically Dry Eyes
This one is half myth. Some people experience chronic dry eyes after eyelid surgery, but it is not common. People who have previously undergone LASIK surgery are more prone to this.
5. Myth: It’s Only Cosmetic
It’s true that eyelid procedures are done to improve the appearance of your eyes. However, blepharoplasty surgery can also provide functional improvements to the upper eyelids. Some people have so much droopy or saggy upper eyelid skin that it actually impairs their vision. If you have this, a blepharoplasty may be considered a medically necessary procedure, which means an insurance company may cover it.
Love Your Lids
Don’t let misinformation about this procedure keep you from experiencing it for yourself. A blepharoplasty is one of the most effective ways you can cosmetically improve your facial appearance. People tend to look refreshed and ‘bright-eyed’ after cosmetic eyelid surgery.