Blepharoplasty Video Transcript

“What is Blepharoplasty?

As you age some of the earliest facial changes are seen in your eyelids. Overtime the skin around the eyes loses elasticity, resulting in excess folds of skin.

Tissue around the eye may become relaxed allowing normal fatty tissue to bulge. Droopy and baggy eyelids may give a tired or sometimes sad look to your face. In severe cases droopy upper lids can block and impair the upper part of the visual field. 

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure in which excess fat and folds of skin are removed from the upper and sometimes lower eyelids to redefine the shape of the eyelids. 

What are the benefits of Blepharoplasty? 

Blepharoplasty can brighten the face by making it seemed more rested and youthful. If your eyelids are blocking your vision, blepharoplasty may also help to improve your peripheral vision. 

How is Blepharoplasty performed?

Blepharoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure in your doctor’s office or surgical suite. Your surgeon will then remove the excess skin and fat from your eyelids to improve its droopiness and puffy appearance. Different surgical approaches may be used depending on your condition. 

Who may consider Blepharoplasty? 

Blepharoplasty may be performed for cosmetic or medical reasons. If your ability to see is affected you may have a medical reason to have Blepharoplasty. Your eye care provider may perform a visual field test to determine if this procedure is medically necessary. 

Surgery performed for this reason may be covered by your insurance carrier. 

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your eyelids you may ask your eye care provider about Cosmetic blepharoplasty. Cosmetic blepharoplasty may be combined with other cosmetic facial procedures for a more complete facial rejuvenation. 

Ask your eye care provider if blepharoplasty is right for you.”


With maturity, the natural loss of facial skin and muscle tone can lead to sagging eyelids and eyebrows. Blepharoplasty can surgically address these maturity onset changes around the eyelids.

Sagging eyelids and eyebrows can determine how old you look but could also affect your vision. It may affect your peripheral vision, which is your ability to see above, below and to the sides.

Do I Need Blepharoplasty?

During blepharoplasty the eye surgeon will make eyelid incisions to the droopy lids and sometimes remove excess fat from those regions which contribute to the drooping. The procedure ends by closing the skin in the operative site.

Here are some simple observations you can make to help you find out if you are a candidate for blepharoplasty.

  • You observe more of the lower part of your eye than usual due to a drooping eyelid
  • Your eyes have bags under them, giving the impression that you are sleepy
  • Your eyelids appear puffy most of the time
  • You have issues with viewing things above you

Westchester Eye Surgeons has helped patients with lid drooping for more than 20 years. It is conveniently located for Chicagoland residents in Westchester, IL, a western suburb of Chicago.

The office has helped patients in Chicago and the suburbs for more than 20 years. Dr. Spero J. Kinnas is a leading eye surgeon in Chicago.

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