What type of anesthesia is used for eyelid surgery?
Local anesthesia and intravenous sedation are frequently used for patients undergoing upper eyelid surgery, although general anesthesia may be desirable in some instances. The local anesthetic is usually administered as a diffuse superficial slowly subcutaneous injection along the upper lid skin crease.
Are you under anesthesia for blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty under local anesthesia is also known as our “Awake” Eyelid Lift. It is an advanced version of a familiar procedure because the patient is given just a local anesthetic at the start of the surgery rather than a general anesthetic that would render them fully unconscious.
Do you need general anesthesia for eyelid surgery?
Upper eyelid surgery only requires local anesthesia, so the patient can remain awake during this surgery. The eyelid skin is anesthetized with local anesthesia, so the procedure is quite comfortable. Patients can also choose light general anesthesia.
Do they put you to sleep for upper eyelid surgery?
To keep you comfortable during your procedure, you will be given local or general anesthesia. Local anesthesia numbs the eyelid and surrounding area, while keeping you sedated but awake during surgery. General anesthesia keeps you asleep throughout the entire procedure.
What is recovery time for eyelid surgery?
Around six weeks, you will start to see the final result of your eyelid surgery. Mild residual swelling may still be present as the delicate tissues around your eyes continue to adjust, but your eyes will be noticeably refreshed, alert and younger-looking. Incision lines can remain slightly pink for six months or more.
Does insurance pay for blepharoplasty?
It is a procedure commonly performed for cosmetic reasons to create a younger-looking appearance, making it an elective surgery. Therefore, it is usually not covered by medical insurance. However, eyelid surgery is sometimes covered by an insurance provider if it is deemed a medical necessity.
How do you know if you need upper eyelid surgery?
Signs You May Need Blepharoplasty
- Does the skin above your eyes sag?
- Do your eyelids always look “puffy”?
- Do you constantly have bags under your eyes?
- Do your lower eyelids sag down so much that you can see the white of your eye?
- Does the appearance of your eyes affect your confidence in public settings?
What does an eyelid lift Cost?
Upper eyelid surgery prices can vary significantly from patient to patient. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of the procedure was $3,163 in 2018 nationwide. However, some procedures can cost as low as $2,000 and go upwards of $7,000 or more.
How long does an upper eyelid lift last?
Upper eyelid surgery is good for at least 5-7 years. Lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be repeated. Of course, your eyes will still age after the procedure. If your lids sag again, a forehead lift rather than another eye lift may be the preferred procedure.
How do you qualify for eyelid surgery?
Your doctor must indicate that blepharoplasty is medically necessary, documenting any of the following issues:
- Conjunctival (membrane the covers the white part of the eye) inflammation.
- Edema (swelling)
- Eyelid and/or eyebrow ptosis.