Are you interested in boosting your confidence by improving the cosmetic appearance of your eyes or face? Do you want to smooth out your age lines or make your eyes appear more alert? 

Our doctors have undergone extensive training in cosmetic procedures, including education at the well-established Cosmetic Bootcamp in Detroit exclusively for aesthetic medicine physicians and their staff. 

Our highly qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeons at Traverse City Eye offer different procedures and services to help you accomplish your cosmetic goals. 

What is a Cosmetic Procedure?

Eye doctors perform cosmetic procedures primarily to change the structure of parts of the body and improve the patient’s appearance. Cosmetic procedures are not considered medically necessary and are often not covered under insurance. 

Cosmetic procedures are often called plastic surgery, and when pertaining to the eyes, it falls under the specialty called oculoplastics. Our surgeons at Traverse City Eye perform surgical and nonsurgical procedures around the eyes to improve the appearance of drooping or baggy eyelids or wrinkles around the eyes. The excellent cosmetic work that our surgeons perform here at Traverse City Eye has resulted in happy patients who come back to continue treatments over the years to enhance their beauty with a natural look.

Blepharoplasty in Traverse City

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a procedure that can improve the appearance of drooping eyelids to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and a more alert and rejuvenated appearance. Drooping of the eyelid is common in elderly patients but can happen in younger patients as well.

Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper and lower lids to improve the appearance of excess eyelid skin, droopy eyelids, or orbital fat. This eyelid surgery can also help improve symptoms like excessive tearing and irritated eyes.

In certain cases, insurance companies consider blepharoplasty medically necessary. However, many blepharoplasties are performed purely for cosmetic benefit. 

How Do I Get a Blepharoplasty?

The first step to scheduling a blepharoplasty is to schedule a consultation with your eye doctor at Traverse City eye. 

During this visit, you will meet with your eye doctor and discuss your cosmetic goals. Your eye doctor will ask you about your symptoms and give you a detailed explanation of your surgical and nonsurgical options.

Your eye doctor will give you a thorough examination to determine if surgery is appropriate for you. They may ask you to complete some tests to determine if your droopy lids interfere with your vision. 

If you are considered a good candidate for the procedure, your eye doctor will schedule you and give you instructions on care before and after the procedure. 

Does Insurance Cover the Blepharoplasty Procedure?

At your consultation with your eye doctor, you will learn if you are a candidate for a blepharoplasty. During this visit, your eye doctor will discuss with you whether or not they think your insurance will cover this procedure based on the severity of your symptoms.

Many insurance companies require proof that the symptoms you are experiencing are causing a hindrance to your vision. Your eye doctor may get pictures of your eyelids or perform various tests to show interference of your vision if they think it is possible. 

It is always a good idea to contact your insurance to determine your coverage options prior to meeting with your eye doctor to make sure you understand your possible financial liabilities. 

What is the Recovery Process After Blepharoplasty?

The blepharoplasty procedure results will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside. The results will reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and a more alert and rejuvenated appearance. It is essential to closely follow a list of instructions provided to you by your eye doctor after your blepharoplasty procedure. You will have appointments periodically with your surgeon so they can check on the progress of your recovery.

Some patients will have stitches that will automatically dissolve as they heal from the procedure. Most patients will have small scars from the surgery in their upper lids, but your surgeon will do the best they can to have the scar lie in the crease of your eyelid where it will be least noticeable.


What is Upneeq?

Upneeq is a prescription eye drop used to treat low-lying eyelids in adults. Upneeq is another solution for your droopy lids that is nonsurgical.

Your eye doctor can prescribe Upneeq to improve upper eyelid drooping if the blepharoplasty procedure isn’t suitable for you at that time. 

How Do I Get Upneeq?

Upneeq is prescription only, meaning you will have to see your eye doctor to get it, and it is not available over the counter. If you want to know if you are a good candidate for Upneeq, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor.

How Long do the Effects of Upneeq Last?

Visible results should appear as soon as five to fifteen minutes after instilling the Upneeq drops. After using the Upneeq eye drops, you can expect the lifting results to last up to 6 hours. The long-lasting effect of Upneeq makes it an excellent option for improving the symptoms of ptosis, also known as drooping eyelids. The Upneeq drops come in single-use vials and are often prescribed to be used once per day.


What is Xeomin?

Xeomin is a prescription medication that is injected into the areas of your face to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet. Our doctors are specifically trained in cosmetic and functional treatments using Xeomin. This cosmetic procedure has been used safely and successfully in ophthalmology for over 20 years.

What is the Xeomin Injection Process?

The Xeomin injection process takes less than 30 minutes. Your eye doctor will prepare you for the injection, and then they will place the Xeomin injection into your skin at the desired locations.

Results can appear as soon as three to four days after the injection, although it can take longer for the medication to take full effect in some cases.Discomfort during Xeomin treatments is minimal. If reported, discomfort is felt only during the initial treatment and does not often continue after the procedure is complete. 

What Are the Most Common Side Effects of Xeomin?

As with any medication, a Xeomin injection has possible side effects. Many people do not experience any side effects, and most people continue to receive injections without any adverse reactions. Some of the most common side effects of the Xeomin injection are headaches, itching, redness, and dizziness. Although rare, it is possible to have an allergic reaction to Xeomin.  If you are worried about a possible allergy to Xeomin, discuss your concerns with your eye doctor. 

How Long Will the Results of Xeomin Last?

The results and performance duration of Xeomin can vary depending on each person. Most people will require a treatment of Xeomin every 3-4 months to uphold the effects. 

Are you interested in learning more about the different types of cosmetic services offered at Traverse City Eye? Schedule an appointment at Traverse City Eye in Traverse City, MI, today!

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