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Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty) in Pittsburgh: Ask Facial Plastic Surgeon and Pittsburgh Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Expert Dr. Robert Chiu

Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

Every year, more than one hundred thousand women and men across the country undergo blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) to improve the way they look. Eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) in Pittsburgh is just as common as in the rest of the country.  Droopy eyelids and/or eyelid bags/puffiness can make you look older, tired, or appear more serious than you would like. Certain eyelid conditions can also impair vision. During your consultation with Dr. Chiu for eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) in Pittsburgh, he will evaluate you, your concerns and goals, and determine whether you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Blepharoplasty is often performed alone, but depending on your examination and your expectations and goals, you may also be a candidate for a complementary procedure, such as a browlift, facelift, or skin resurfacing procedure to achieve the best results.


How Long Do Results from Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Last?

With proper evaluation, diagnosis, and meticulous surgery, results from eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) last at least 10-15 years. Dr. Chiu believes that maintaining a youthful eye/brow complex is crucial to maintaining a youthful, refreshed overall appearance. To this end, eyelid surgery has tremendous ability to rejuvenate you--typically you can "turn the clock back" 10-15 years, or even more in some cases. Once eyelid surgery is performed, you maintain this advantage over your peers, even though the aging process continues. Over time, some patients elect to have a revision eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).


What is a Good Age to Get Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)?

Although most candidates for eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) in Pittsburgh are 40-70 years old, every case is considered on an individual basis, and there is no upper age limit that precludes having eyelid surgery performed. As with all facial plastic surgery, good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites. People with ophthalmological conditions will need eye clearance prior to getting eyelid surgery.


Who Do I Choose to Have My Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) involves some of the most meticulous surgery in all of facial plastic surgery. When looking for your eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) in Pittsburgh, you should look for an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon who routinely performs eyelid surgery. But beyond that, Dr. Chiu's background and training as a facial plastic surgeon, and his experience performing eyelid surgery for both cosmetic and functional reasons, means that you will optimize your cosmetic results and address your functional problems. This is in contrast to eye surgeons (ophthalmologists) and plastic surgeons who may be trained in addressing functional or cosmetic eyelid problems, but not both.

What is the Cost for Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty) in Pittsburgh?

Unfortunately, patients can be led to make decisions solely based on cost. What you may not realize, though, is that whilst the saving in money seems so tempting at the time, it's actually much more expensive in the long run if you get unsatisfactory results from your eyelid surgery. And not only is corrective surgery crippling financially, it's often sometimes impossible, leaving people scarred for life. When you come in for your consultation with Dr. Chiu, he will give you a complete, thorough evaluation, after which you will get a quote for the planned surgery. Financing options are also available, and in certain cases, insurance coverage may be considered.

How is Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty) Performed?

In upper eyelid (blepharoplasty) surgery, the incision is designed to follow the natural upper lid crease, and this keeps the resulting scar as invisible as possible along these natural folds. Excess skin, muscle and fat are removed, depending on each individual situation. Dr. Chiu uses the finest sutures to close the incisions, thereby minimizing the visibility of any scar.

In lower eyelid (blepharoplasty) surgery, the incision is hidden under the lash line and laterally in the smile creases of the lower lid. Excess fat, muscle, and/or skin are then conservatively removed, trimmed, or repositioned. Occasionally, when lower eyelid bags are primarily due to excess fat, a transconjunctival blepharoplasty may be utilized, whereby the incision is made on the inside of the lower eyelid. Under normal conditions, blepharoplasty can take from one to two hours.

What Can I Expect After The Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

Dr. Chiu gives specific instructions to you for aftercare in order to minimize downtime and recovery time after eyelid (blepharoplasty) surgery. Immediately after the surgery, some swelling and bruising is normal. Cold compresses, head elevation, and eye drops and lubricants are all used to speed up healing. Permanent stitches are removed in four to seven days after surgery. Dr. Chiu's patients who undergo eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) in Pittsburgh have minimal discomfort after eyelid surgery, and most patients are pleasantly surprised that their swelling and bruising resolve sooner than what they have heard from people who have had eyelids surgery elsewhere.

Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty) in Pittsburgh: Will Insurance Cover My Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

For eyelid lift (bleparoplasty) in Pittsburgh, as in the rest of the country, insurance does not usually cover surgery that is done purely for cosmetic reasons. Occasionally, certain patients may experience functional visual deficits from too much excess upper eyelid skin or droopy eyelids (ptosis). In these cases, a visual field test is ordered and Dr. Chiu will make an assessment whether the procedure is considered functional and will therefore be covered by insurance. You may also have laxity in your lower lids that cause the eyelid to turn in or turn out. These cases are evaluated on an individual basis and considered for insurance coverage.

In some cases, cosmetic eyelid surgery is combined with repair of functional eyelid problems at the same time. In these cases, the insurance may cover portions of the surgeon's fee, as well as part of the facility and anesthesia fee.

Do I Have To Go Under General Anesthesia For My Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)?

Certain patients may benefit from having the procedure performed under general anesthesia. However, eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) in Pittsburgh that Dr. Chiu performs are typically done under local anesthesia with IV sedation (twilight anesthesia).

 

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