Posted on September 13, 2022
A box of hair color will whisk gray away in a matter of minutes. A few syringes of Botox can help hide forehead wrinkles for a time. However, there are some signs of aging that are harder to conceal. Take our eyes, for example. With aging, sun damage or genetics, our eye area can leave us with loose, saggy skin around our eyelids or under-eye baggage.
Yet, there is a solution available. Blepharoplasty, or commonly known as eyelid reduction, is an outpatient procedure that involves trimming excess tissue from around the eyelids. This procedure is available at the Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Center in Laurel by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Hoss Nasajpour, MD.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), eyelid reduction is one of the top five cosmetic procedures for men and women. Sometimes it is a purely cosmetic procedure, intended to create a more youthful appearance. But many times, it is completed to improve eyesight. Most eyelid reductions are medically necessary and may be covered by your health insurance.
Dr. Nasajpour states, “If extra skin weighs down the upper eyelid, it can droop low enough to impair the upper half of your vision. This can affect your daily activities such as driving, reading or watching television. Blepharoplasty is generally well-tolerated and can dramatically improve your vision and appearance.”
For the procedure, the majority of patients are given a mild sedative to help relax them for a numbing local anesthetic is injected into the area around their eyes.
Dr. Nasajpour states, “After the surgery, the eye area will be swollen and bruised for a few days. We recommend the patient to stay home and keep your head elevated — even when sleeping — and apply cold packs frequently to help with swelling and bruising.”
The typical patient is male or female in their 40s – 80s. In some instances for patients with impaired vision, eyelid surgery can be covered by insurance plans. Before having the surgery, Dr. Nasajpour consults with patients and preforms a visual exam to help determine what best fits the patients.
“If you have been having vision problems and you think your eyelids may be the problem, we encourage patients to schedule a consultation,” states Dr. Nasajpour. “Eyelid surgery is a minimally invasive surgery with excellent results. We aim to functionally improve a person’s eyesight and fatigue levels in their eyes.”
Dr. Nasajpour provides services at the Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Center in Laurel, located at 1410 Jefferson Street. The clinic accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans. To schedule an appointment, please call 601-425-7522.