Our Philosophy and Technique
“What will my recovery be like?”
“Will my surgery be covered by insurance?”
Eyelid Surgery: Philosophy and Technique
Of the various reconstructive and cosmetic procedures our surgeons perform, blepharoplasty is the most common. Our goal at Rochester Eye Associates is to recover the health and functioning of the eyelids, while simultaneously restoring the eyes appearance. Ultimately we want you to look like you! Our cosmetic goals are to rejuvenate rather than make drastic changes in appearance.
We utilize the latest tools and technology, including “bladeless” CO2 laser to reshape the eyelids. The advantage of CO2 laser is to cauterize tissue instantaneously with minimal bleeding.
Recovery from Blepharoplasty Surgery
In the majority of cases, we perform surgery on both sides during the same procedure. Ice packs need to be applied as much as possible while awake the first 48 to 72 hours to minimize postoperative swelling and bruising. Despite icing, there will be swelling and bruising by the following morning. The amount varies considerably from person to person and is influenced by age, medications, and the particular type of surgery involved. While the appearance may be alarming to some patients the following morning, it infrequently causes any real problems other than the short-term appearance. It will improve each day so that approximately two weeks after surgery, the swelling and bruising may not be all that apparent to casual observers.
Costs of Blepharoplasty
Your insurance policy, not the surgeon, establishes the criteria used to determine if surgery will be covered. We will work with your insurance company to get answers quickly and avoid any surprises.
If the upper eyelid is involved, 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 one-half of the field of vision. In this manner, the extent of visual loss is mapped out. Insurance companies use this information in their determination of 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.