Functional Eyelid Surgery

in Aventura, Florida

While many individuals undergo eyelid surgery for aesthetic reasons, there are also many who are living with excess eyelid skin, inturning eyelids or droopy brows that can benefit from this procedure. In the case that excess eyelid skin droops low enough to impair your vision, insurance may cover the functional part of the eyelid surgery to help restore a clear line of vision.

As is the case with any facial procedure, you want to ensure you are working with a specialist. Andres Sárraga MD, FACS is a fellowship trained Eye Plastic & Reconstructive specialist and Plastic Surgeon, and is double board-certified. He has over 10 years experience in helping his patients achieve their desired results in eyelid and facial rejuvenation procedures. When making a decision for your procedure, you can be certain you are in good hands with Dr. Sárraga.

What is Functional Eyelid Surgery?

Functional eyelid surgery can help to remove excess upper eyelid skin to improve vision. As a bonus this surgery, along with an improved line of vision, patients often experience a cosmetic enhancement of the eyes as well.

The Functional Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Functional eyelid surgery is done similarly to cosmetic eyelid surgery. Surgery can be done under local anesthesia or a light sedative as an outpatient procedure. An incision will be created on the natural upper eyelid crease to remove excess skin and lift the eyelid. Ptosis (drooping) repair can be done by going deep into the eyelid soft tissue and tightening the muscle tissue.

Incisions are created in the natural eyelid crease to make the incision as inconspicuous as possible. Sutures will be used to close any incisions, and patients can return home after surgery to begin healing.


Recovery is very much like that of cosmetic eyelid surgery. Swelling and bruising will occur, which should subside within a week. Patients should keep their head elevated during recovery to control and prevent swelling. Many patients can return to week in about 7 to 10 days, though recovery time will differ from patient to patient. Dr. Sárraga will discuss your recovery time during your consultation.

Insurance Coverage

Because functional eyelid surgery is done to improve the quality of life instead of cosmetic reasons, insurance often pays for part of this procedure. In order to qualify for insurance coverage, there must be a medical documentation that confirms that your upper eyelids impair your line of vision. Many health insurance companies also call for a visual field test, in which they will test the amount of obstruction. Contact your insurance provider to learn more.

If you are interested in functional eyelid surgery to improve your vision and overall well-being, contact Storch Sárraga Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in the Aventura and South Florida area.

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