Cosmetic & Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
Dr. Glassman has performed thousands of eyelid procedures. These are done as an outpatient under local anesthesia in an ambulatory surgical facility.
Our ophthalmologist at Eye Surgery Associates performs the following procedures:
Lower Lid Blepharoplasty
Lower Lid Blepharoplasty is almost always cosmetic. The fat that has prolapsed into the lower eyelid creating bags is removed. A small strip of hypertrophic muscle just below the eyelashes is removed to thin out the eyelid. A small strip of skin may be removed to tighten the skin of the lower lid
Upper Lid Blepharoplasty
Upper Lid Blepharoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the upper eyelid. This is one of the most common procedures for women and men. Upper lid blepharoplasty can be both cosmetic and functional, as the redundant skin can occlude the eye, causing a loss of the upper field of visio
Entropion or Ectropion of the Lower Lids
Entropion or Ectropion of the Lower Lids is both caused by the laxity of the aging lower lids. Entropion refers to the eyelid rolling in which causes the eyelashes to rub against the eye. Ectropion refers to the eyelid rolling out which causes tearing. Both are corrected by tightening the lower lid so it no longer rolls in or out. A lower lid blepharoplasty, which thins out the eyelid and removes excess fat, is often performed at the same time. If the lower lid ectropion is scared in the rolled out position, a free skin graft from the upper lid may be needed to return the lid to its proper position
Eyelid Surgery FAQs:
Q: Will my insurance cover an upper lid blepharoplasty?
A: Your insurance may cover an upper lid blepharoplasty if the redundant skin rests on the eyelashes and/or covers the eye so as to cause a loss of upper field of vision. Photographs and visual field testing will be performed and may need to be submitted to insurance for prior authorization.
Q: Is it possible to have both upper and lower lid blepharoplasty done at the same time?
A: Yes! By performing both upper and lower lid blepharoplasty at the same time, overall patient recovery time can be reduced, and patients experience a cost-saving due to using fewer resources than if the procedures were completed separately.
Q: What is the difference between an oculoplastic surgeon and a plastic surgeon?
A: Oculoplastic surgeons undergo specialized training in order to master the skills needed to perform microsurgery on the delicate eye area, combined with aesthetic and reconstructive techniques of plastic surgery. Oculoplastic surgeons spend years mastering specialized surgical procedures around the delicate eye area, rather than spending time on various parts of the body like a plastic surgeon.