Blepharoplasty Specialist Fort Myers

What is blepharoplasty? It’s a big word that means eyelid surgery and, if you are in Fort Myers, look no further than Elmquist Eye Group for your blepharoplasty specialist.

Blepharoplasty Specialist Fort MyersElmquist Eye Group has been serving Southwest Florida for 25 years. E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, his partner, Kate Wagner, OD, his associate, Nina Burt, OD,  and ophthalmologist Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD, offer wide-ranging expertise in the most up-to-date eyecare treatments.

Dr. Eccles-Brown is an experienced eye surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Her areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, cataract surgery, and in-office procedures.

Eyelids and Aging

Eyes and the thin skin around them are very susceptible to the effects of aging and gravity. Each time we smile or frown, the movements create fine lines and wrinkles above and below the eyes. Under-eye bags are caused by a combination of loose skin and pockets of fat that push through the lower eye muscle, creating a pocket of fat or a “bag.” These are just a few of the things that make us look tired, sad or angry.

The good news is that eyelid droop, whether upper or lower, can be surgically repaired in a procedure called blepharoplasty. This is generally considered a cosmetic procedure, however, so your insurance plan will most likely not cover blepharoplasty.

The only reason eyelid surgery may be considered a medically necessary procedure is if your eyelids droop so much that they interfere with your vision. You must have a vision test from a qualified professional to confirm it and, in these cases, your insurance company may cover it. Coverage will be checked before the procedure so you will know your out-of-pocket expenses.

Blepharoplasty surgery, also called an “eyelid lift,” removes sagging skin and pockets of fat from the upper and lower eyelids to tighten them and restore a more youthful appearance to the eyes. The surgery can improve:

  • Drooping and sagging upper eyelids
  • Under-eye bags
  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Puffiness in the lower eyelid area
  • Tired, angry or sad appearance
  • Poor vision (for those with extremely droopy eyelids)

Blepharoplasty is most often performed under local anesthesia in the office. The surgeon marks the incision sites by following the natural creases of your eyelids. Excess fat is removed, and sagging skin and muscle is carefully trimmed. The incisions are closed with very fine stitches, and any resulting scars will fade away completely over time.

Are You a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

The best candidates for blepharoplasty are men and women who have healthy facial tissue and muscles and realistic expectations from surgery. Most patients are over 35 years of age. Because genetics are one of many factors that cause eyelid droop, some of our patients under age 35 elect to have this procedure, and most are good candidates for blepharoplasty.

If you’ve been bothered by your droopy eyelids, take action. Come see us. Elmquist Eye Group is your blepharoplasty specialist in Fort Myers. Our surgeons are very experienced, so give us a call at (239) 936-2020 for an evaluation to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure.