Frequently Asked Questions
Why an oculoplastic surgeon?
Training for an oculoplastic surgeon begins after medical school with general surgical internship, followed by a three year residency in ophthalmology; where extremely meticulous microscopic surgery in and around the eyes requires measurements in half-millimeter increments and sutures as fine as half the thickness of a hair. This background is preparation for one year of training specifically dedicated to the eyelids and mid-face.
This experience is very evident to the patient in three ways:
(1) Much time is taken to discuss the fine details and distinct decision making by an individual who concentrates entirely on this anatomy.
(2) The post-operative symmetry and aesthetic quality reveals an extremely exacting and practiced hand.
(3) When the surgeon is exacting and efficient, recovery is more rapid and more likely free of discomfort.
When does my insurance pay for eyelid surgery?
Surgery for repair of eyelid problems that have resulted from aging changes, injuries, infection, tumors, or neurologic disease are generally covered by medical insurance. Your insurance does not pay for cosmetic repair of drooping upper lids or bags under the lower eyelids.
Is eyelid surgery painful or expensive?
Gentle and short-acting oral sedation, along with local anesthesia in an in-office environment combines for a pleasant and low-stress experience. All of our procedures are safely performed in the doctor's office, where the personnel, safety, and quality are entirely under the control of the doctor. These methods also reduce costs to make these services affordable.
What are the more common eyelid procedures?
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Removing upper eyelid folds and bulges allows for application of makeup and eliminates a sleepy or unhealthy appearance. This procedure often includes attention to a deep lifting muscle to either raise or reshape the upper lid. A very fine suture is mostly concealed under the skin and painlessly withdrawn after approximately seven days.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Oculoplastic surgeons treat bulging of the lower eyelids by means of removing or redistributing the fatty bulge by accessing the fat through the back surface of the lower eyelid. There are no stitches required for this technique, so only minimal follow-up required.
This all too common affliction can cause extremely uncomfortable eye problems. Until the facial muscles have fully recovered, a brief in-office procedure discreetly raises the lower
eyelid to protect the ocular surface more effectively than frequent application of eye ointment.
Skin Cancer and Eyelid Injuries
The oculoplastic surgeon is aware that ocular health requires preservation of the eyelid architecture in these circumstances, and makes use of a wide variety of tools and techniques.
Lower Eyelid Ectropion and Entropion
Ectropion (rolling outward) or entropion (rolling inward) of the lower eyelid, if not treated, can lead to chronic eye irritation, tearing, crusting of the eyelid, and breakdown of the cornea. Most patients experience immediate resolution of the problem once surgery is completed, with little, if any, post-operative discomfort.
How easy is it to schedule eyelid surgery?
All in-office procedures are scheduled entirely for the convenience of the patient during regular office hours. Insurance per-authorization could take as long as three or four weeks, but this is required only for some procedures.