Upper Eyelid Surgery

This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Uğur Tosun

Reyap Hospital – Istanbul, Turkey

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FaQ – Upper Eyelid Surgery

How long does it take to fully recover from upper eyelid surgery?

Complete recovery from upper eyelid surgery can take several weeks to a few months. While the majority of swelling and bruising will diminish within the first few weeks, the final results may take a bit longer to fully settle in. It’s important to follow the surgeon’s postoperative care instructions closely for the best results.

Can upper eyelid surgery change the shape of my eyes?

Upper eyelid surgery primarily aims to remove excess skin and fat and tighten the remaining tissue, which can make the eyes appear more open and alert. While it can slightly alter the shape of the eyes, the procedure is not typically intended to dramatically change eye shape but rather to enhance the natural appearance of the eyes.

Is upper eyelid surgery covered by insurance?

Upper eyelid surgery may be covered by insurance if it’s deemed medically necessary, such as in cases where drooping eyelids significantly impair vision. This typically requires a visual field test and documentation from a healthcare provider. Cosmetic upper eyelid surgery performed solely for aesthetic reasons is usually not covered by insurance.

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