What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure designed to improve the appearance of the eyelids by reducing excess skin and smoothing wrinkles. Surgery can be performed on either the upper and lower lids, or both. Blepharoplasty can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a brow lift for more complete rejuvenation and anti-aging results. To determine if this is the right treatment plan for you, Dr. Falcon’s Natrona Heights Office is located 15 miles from Fox Chapel and 17 miles from Aspinwall.

Who is a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

Typically, blepharoplasty patients see wrinkles, sagging, or other signs of aging in the eyelids. In less common cases, younger patients may also choose blepharoplasty to adjust the genetic appearance of their eyelids or reduce natural drooping.

Eyelid surgery can help to treat:

  • Loose or sagging skin that disrupts the natural contour of the upper eyelid sometimes impairing vision
  • Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
  • Drooping lower eyelids
  • Excess skin and wrinkles of the lower eyelid.

During a consultation, Dr. Falcon will also review your health history to ensure that blepharoplasty is a suitable and safe choice for you. Often, you will be asked to have an exam with an ophthalmologist to ensure the health of the eyes before moving forward with blepharoplasty.

“Dr. Falcon did a Blepharoplasty (upper eyelid lift) on me. I couldn't be happier and looking forward to the next surgery! His father Dr. Joseph Falcon did the same procedure on my mother 30 years ago and her eyes still look good! I would highly recommend Dr. Falcon!”

-Diane S

What is Recovery Like After Blepharoplasty?

After your blepharoplasty, you can return home with a trusted family member or friend who can drive and care for you. Recovery usually takes place over about two weeks. During this time, swelling, bruising, and discomfort are all normal. You may experience dryness or itching in your eyes. Cold compresses can be used to reduce swelling as you heal. You may also experience light sensitivity, so it can be helpful to wear dark sunglasses. Dr. Falcon will likely prescribe pain medication to keep you comfortable through healing. As you heal, it’s important to keep your head elevated, including while sleeping. Avoid bending over for at least four weeks after your surgery. During post-op appointments, Dr. Falcon will evaluate your healing progress and advise when you can safely return to all activities, like exercise.

Is Blepharoplasty Covered by Insurance?

Lower blepharoplasty is usually not covered by health insurance. However, some upper blepharoplasties may be considered medically necessary if an ophthalmologist determines that the upper eyelid impairs your vision because of excessive drooping. Contact your health insurance provider to learn more about what is covered in your plan. If you have any other questions about insurance or financing options, our staff will be happy to help.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about blepharoplasty, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Falcon. Call (724) 226-3900 or contact us online to set up your first appointment. Falcon Plastic Surgery’s Monroeville Office is conveniently located 3 miles from Murraysville and 10 miles from Delmont.

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