The most commonly performed eyelid surgery is upper lid blepharoplasty. This procedure is useful for those patients who have significant excess upper eyelid skin causing the lids to droop. This affects vision, especially peripheral vision.
The surgery is performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete. The excess skin is excised and the eyelids are sutured. Both eyes are done at the same sitting. This usually solves the visual problem and often improves a person’s appearance. Insurance almost always covers the procedure if the skin of the upper lids rests directly on the lashes.