Patients frequently complain that excess baggy skin in the eyelid area and puffy fat deposits below the eye area give them a very aged and tired look. Eyelid surgery gives a patient a fresher, well-rested appearance, and eliminates the excess baggy skin.
Who is a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
You may be a candidate for eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) if you have excessive, sagging, or wrinkled upper or lower eyelid skin. Eyelid surgery can also be helpful if you have excess upper eyelid skin that interferes with vision or if you have lost your natural upper eyelid crease. Eyelid surgery may also be indicated if you have puffy pouches of fat in the upper or lower lids that create a tired or aged appearance.
The eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) procedure is intended to produce a more youthful and rested appearance of the eyes. The procedure may also widen your visual fields if excessive upper lid skin has partially blocked vision.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Blepharoplasty is done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia. The incisions are made where the natural crease should be in the upper lids and below the lash line in the lower lids. Excess fat and skin are removed. If only excess fat is present in the lower lids, it may be removed through an incision inside the lower lids with no external incision or scar (transconjunctival blepharoplasty).
All sutures are usually removed within 4 to 6 days. Initial mild discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Bruising and sensitivity to light last at least a week or two. Swelling progressively disappears in 1 to 2 weeks. Eye makeup can be used after sutures are removed. Contact lenses can be worn when comfortable—usually within 7 to 10 days.
Procedures That Can Be Combined with Blepharoplasty
Additional procedures that may enhance the result of eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) are:
- Brow lift to reduce creases and sagging of the forehead and eyebrow area
- Facelift surgery to lift and tighten drooping skin in the lower face, chin, and upper neck
- Laser skin resurfacing to improve overall health and appearance of skin and further reduce wrinkles
How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?
If eyelid surgery is being done to improve the field of vision, insurance may cover the upper lid surgery. Otherwise, these procedures are considered cosmetic, and the patient is responsible for payment. Our patient counselors can help you with your financial arrangements, including financing.
The specific risks and the suitability of eyelid surgery for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.
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If you’re interested in learning more about eyelid surgery please contact us for a consultation with one of our providers at 757-873-3500 or fill out our contact us form below. We will discuss your needs and concerns, and determine your best course of action.