Blepharoplasty is cosmetic surgery performed on the eyelids. If a person has sagging upper eyelids, particularly if they are impairing vision, they might elect to have an upper blepharoplasty. You have probably seen older people with a sagging lower eyelid that reveals a good portion of the white of the eye below the iris. This would be solved by a lower blepharoplasty. Plastic surgeon advertisements that show blepharoplasty before and after< pictures are very impressive. Patients look years younger and even happier. Insurance may pay for eye lid surgery if there is a true medical need. If you are having the procedure for purely cosmetic reasons, it is not likely that your insurance will pay anything.
There are some non surgical eye bag removal techniques that are also helpful. These include laser resurfacing, using radio waves to stimulate collagen growth in the skin. Collagen naturally plumps lines and wrinkles. You could also choose to have injections of dermal fillers like Botox and Resetalyne. The effect of fillers lasts for about 4 months. A brow lift is a less risky than surgery in the eye area and can also yield very good results.
Under eye bags surgery, just like any surgery carries a risk of complications. Whether you have an upper or lower blepharoplasty, there are some things you can do to minimize your risk.
1. Your doctor will give you instructions and eye drops. Use the eye drops exactly as directed.
2. Don’t go swimming. You will increase your risk of infection at the site of the lower blepharoplasty.
3. When you sleep, prop your head up so that it is higher than your body.
4. Do not strain at any physical activity.
5. If you must lift something, make sure it weighs less than 20 pounds.
6. Do not rub your eyes.
7. For the first six months, always wear sunglasses when you are outdoors.