Eyelid Lifts and Related Procedures in Milwaukee
Blepharoplasty Services for Southeast Wisconsin
Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift surgery) is a specialty for Dr. Bruce Massaro, M.D., of Milwaukee, WI. Eyelid lifts are usually recommended to either improve vision or the cosmetic appearance of the eyes. A fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, you’ll soon “see” why Dr. Massaro is the clear choice in eye plastic surgeons.
Excess tissue builds up around the eyelids as we age. For some, the tissue changes the shape of the eye and creates an illusion of constant tiredness. In others, sagging skin and fat buildup impair vision, requiring surgical correction to restore sight. Despite the name, eyelid lifts do not actually lift the lid. Instead, the extra skin, muscle, and fat from around the eye socket are removed. Dr. Massaro has helped countless patients improve their appearance or eyesight through blepharoplasty procedures.
Tired of Looking Tired? Try Cosmetic Blepharoplasty!
Aging causes muscles and skin to lose their elasticity, creating sags and wrinkles throughout the body. This is especially noticeable around the face and eyes. Bags develop under the eyes from excess fat while wrinkles cause upper eyelids to droop, obscuring your once brilliant eyes. Cosmetic blepharoplasty will restore your eyes by removing puffiness and loose skin from around your eyes. The result is a more youthful face and more alert appearance.
Blepharoplasty commonly treats:
- Under eye bags
- Wrinkles around the eyes
- Sagging skin
- Vision impairment
- Aesthetic appearance
Dr. Massaro will answer all your questions about the benefits of eyelid surgery during your initial eye surgery consultation. This procedure can be performed on one or both eyes, top or bottom lids, depending on your needs. After the consultation, Dr. Massaro will recommend the best plan for making surgery and recovery as easy as possible.
Upper or Lower Eyelid Lifts: What’s the Difference
Upper eyelid lifts are more common due to sagging skin causing more severe visual impairment. Excess skin can also push eyelashes inward, causing additional discomfort and irritation.
Lower lids may develop bags or puffiness which age the face but do not affect vision. Blepharoplasty may restore either or both lids for greater vision and physical appearance.
Our helpful staff will guide you through the entire process to determine if surgery on your upper or lower eyelids will be best for you. For some patients, we may recommend a combination surgery on both.
Who Can Receive Blepharoplasty?
Anyone who has vision problems as a result of excess skin or just wants to improve their appearance may pursue blepharoplasty. To be a candidate for this procedure, you should be in good health without any medical conditions or illness which could impair the healing process. A blepharoplasty candidate should be without any other serious eye conditions and clear about the goals of the surgery and realistic in your expectations. Eyelid surgery candidates are often over 35 years of age, though younger patients with conditions like ptosis are also eligible.
If you are interested in blepharoplasty and don’t know where to start, just contact our knowledgeable staff or check our FAQ.
Eyelid Lift Recovery
Unless your surgery is more complex than most, blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis and you can plan on being home the very same day. Just make sure you have someone to take you home! Many patients experience temporarily blurry vision or light sensitivity, so driving is not recommended until your vision has returned to normal.
After surgery, you can expect swollen and irritated eyes. Dr. Massaro also recommends protecting your eyes from the elements by wearing tinted sunglasses while outside and avoiding contacts during the recovery period. You will be given a special ointment or eye drops to ease the recovery process. Using icepacks and cold compresses during the first 48 hours after blepharoplasty will reduce swelling. Never place an icepack directly against your stitches and only apply ice for up to 20 minutes at a time.
Non-aspirin Tylenol is all you’ll need for pain relief if you feel any discomfort. Stitches in the incision site will be removed after a week (although self-absorbing stitches are sometimes used). After 7 to 10 days, you should be able to resume most normal activities, and after 2 weeks most of the swelling and bruising will be gone. It can take up to 6 weeks to fully recover from the surgery, depending on the extent of your procedures.
Insurance Coverage for Cosmetic Eye Procedures
Blepharoplasty is not always covered by medical insurance. Some eyelid lifts are only covered if your eyelid conditions limit health and eye function. This must be documented during an examination to prove why the procedure is required. During your initial consultation, Dr. Massaro will document any necessary information for use with your insurance.
Cosmetic blepharoplasty is not covered by most insurance plans. Make sure you are aware of your coverage before scheduling an eyelid lift with Dr. Massaro.