Blepharoplasty is a common surgery conducted by Dr. Carlson for the removal of redundant skin on the upper lid and for the removal of fat and excess skin on the lower lid. It typically is done on the upper eyelid when it begins to droop and interfere with peripheral vision (this procedure might be covered by insurance). It can also be performed on the lower eyelid using a transconjunctival method to remove excess skin and fat (this procedure is considered cosmetic and is not covered by insurance).
The surgery consists of an outpatient procedure done under sedation with local anesthesia at the Phillips Eye Institute. The redundant skin, muscle and fat is removed from the upper or lower lid of each eye. Sutures are placed and antibiotic ointment is applied. We conduct several postoperative visits to ensure that your eyelids heal properly.
Eyelid surgery is often medically necessary for functional reasons and to maintain the overall health of the eye.