What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery, which involves the removal of excess skin, fat or a combination of techniques. Excess skin (dermatochalasis) and fat (steatoblepharon) develop as an aging process and can affect both the upper eyelids and lower eyelids.
Upper blepharoplasty is the removal of redundant skin from the upper eyelid area. Patients who require the procedure often describe the upper eyelid as feeling ‘heavy’. The upper blepharoplasty procedure reduces this excess skin and fat in the upper eyelid, and has a visual effect on the eyebrow and forehead as these elements are all interconnected.
Like upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty is a similar procedure but for the removal of excess skin and fat in the lower part of the eyelid. Unlike the procedure for the upper eyelid, lower blepharoplasty involves more fat repositioning or removal, rather than skin. The procedure also involves reestablishing the connection between the eyelids and cheeks. It is often more complicated than upper blepharoplasty.
Blepharoplasty in British Columbia
In BC, when the excess upper lid skin is blocking your vision and is documented so by a visual field test, the surgery can be covered by the Medical Services Plan (MSP). The benefit of the surgery is to eliminate the heaviness on your lids and improve your peripheral (side) vision. MSP will not cover surgery for the purpose of improving the appearance (cosmetics) of your eyelids. For more information about cosmetic eyelid surgeries please refer to our page on facial rejuvenation.
Get in touch with your family doctor or eye care provider for a referral to us for functional blepharoplasty.