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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, potentially delivering great results for those with excess skin on their upper or lower lids.

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 aims on removing wrinkles in the skin, lifting skin under the eyes or modifying 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, aiming to result in 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?

Blepharoplasty may be an option if you have

  • Excess skin of the upper eyelids that interferes with your peripheral vision
  • Excess skin on the lower eyelids or under the 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.

Choosing to have plastic surgery is a serious personal decision and undertaking. Please be mindful that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Dr Lee and his team are always more than happy to talk about your options.