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Why Blepharoplasty Continues to be Among the Most Popular Cosmetic Surgeries

Blepharoplasty, otherwise known as an eye lift, is the third-most popular cosmetic surgical procedure worldwide — outpaced only by breast augmentation and liposuction. While women continue to dominate the market, a growing number of men opt for cosmetic procedures as well, and blepharoplasty is their biggest request. 

Dr. Alicia Sanderson at Weight Loss and Vitality is double-board certified in otolaryngology and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, and she has more than 20 years of experience caring for the unique needs and goals of her patients. 

Together with our expert team of medical professionals, she can help you understand what’s causing your saggy eye condition and decide whether blepharoplasty is right for you.

What causes eyelids to droop?

Aging is the main culprit when it comes to droopy lids and bags under your eyes. As you age, your skin loses its ability to spring back and hold the fat and muscle tissue in place. 

Similar to how you notice less elasticity in your skin elsewhere on your body, the skin around your eyes starts to slacken and wrinkle. Soon, gravity does its thing, and you end up with excess skin draped over your eyes.

You may also notice some bulging along with the excess skin. This happens when the little deposits of fat that are meant to act as a cushion between your eyes and the bony structure of your sockets start to push past the weakened membrane that once held them in place. 

Blepharoplasty can help solve bulges, bags, and sags on your upper and lower lids.

How does blepharoplasty help?

During the blepharoplasty procedure, Dr. Sanderson removes the excess fat, muscle, and skin that weighs down your eyelids. First, she makes sure you’re completely numb and relaxed before making tiny incisions into the fold of your eyelid or the area under your eye. It’s a fairly quick outpatient procedure, and you can go home within a couple of hours.

Although you can expect some mild bruising to last for about two weeks, the result is a firmer lid and a more open eye. The bigger-picture result? You look younger and more alert! If your sagging lids were blocking some of your peripheral vision, you should notice a wider range and a brighter view.

Will my medical insurance pay for my blepharoplasty?

Most medical insurance companies do not pay for elective cosmetic surgeries. However, part of the reason for the rise in blepharoplasty demand may be because for many, it is not only a cosmetic option, but a medical treatment as well. 

If your eye doctor determines that your vision is impaired by your hooded eyelids, and you need blepharoplasty to restore functionality and help you see better, your insurance company may cover it. But don’t make any assumptions; check your policy and call your insurance company to verify your coverage.

If you’ve been wondering whether an eye lift could help you look or see better, call us today or schedule an appointment online

Alicia Sanderson, MD Alicia Sanderson, MD, is a double board-certified otolaryngologist and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon practicing out of Weight Loss and Vitality. She proudly offers aesthetics treatments to the communities of Alexandria, Virginia, and Washington, DC.Having over 20 years of surgical experience, Dr. Sanderson continues to stay up-to-date with the latest advances and is always on a quest for more knowledge. In addition to her surgical practice, she served in the United States Navy for 20 years in a variety of medical roles. From 2000-2002, she supported operations for Iraqi Freedom by serving as the General Medical Officer for Marine Corps in Miramar, California. Dr. Sanderson’s reputation as one of the world’s best physician’s allowed her the opportunity of being handpicked to be the otolaryngology physician consultant to the White House serving from 2013-2018. Additionally, she was named White House consultant of the year for 2017.

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