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What To Expect with Blepharoplasty Surgery

Rochester Eye Associates Answers Your Questions

Blepharoplasty is a surgery that repairs upper and lower eyelids, sometimes involving the removal of excess skin, fat and muscle.

As you age, your eyelid skin stretches, and the muscles supporting it weakens. As a result, excess fat gathers above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids, and bags under your eyes.

Not only does this age your looks, but severely sagging skin around your eyes can reduce your peripheral vision (side vision), especially the upper and outer parts of your field of vision. Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate these vision problems and make your eyes appear younger.

Our goal at Rochester Eye Associatesis not only to recover the health and functioning of the eyelids but also restores the eyes’ appearance. Our cosmetic goals are to rejuvenate your looks, not make a drastic change in your appearance.

We utilize the latest tools and technology, including a “bladeless” CO2 laser to reshape your eyelids. The advantage of CO2 laser is to cauterize tissue directly with minimal bleeding.



In most cases, both eyelids are done at the same time as recovery time is minimal. For the first 48-72 hours, ice packs should be applied as much as possible while awake to minimize swelling and bruising. Even if you're vigilant in icing, there will still be swelling and bruising the day after surgery. The amount varies from person to person depending on age, medications, and the particular type of surgery involved.

While the appearance may be alarming to some patients, there’s no concern, as this is a short-term issue. It will improve each day. Approximately two weeks after surgery was performed, the swelling and bruising may not be all that apparent.



Your insurance policy establishes the criteria used to determine if surgery will be covered. We will work with your insurance company to get answers quickly.

If you have droopy eyelids, it is necessary to determine if the peripheral vision is affected. An office instrument known as a perimeter is used to measure the peripheral vision in the upper half of the field of vision. In this manner, the extent of visual loss is mapped out and it is determined whether or not blepharoplasty should be performed.

Your insurance company will use this information to determine whether the surgery is for visual or cosmetic reasons. Photography is required to document the resting positions of the eyelids. Whether or not the eyebrows need to be raised will also be documented.


Rochester Eye Associates is here for your surgical needs. To find out if you’re a good candidate for blepharoplasty, please contact us today to schedule an appointment. Visit https://www.rochestereyeassociates.com for more information on this surgical procedure.

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