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Blepharoplasty

Sagging eyelids and bags under the eyes are frustrating signs of aging that can also compromise your field of vision.

Blepharoplasty tightens skin in the upper or lower eyelids to help you look rested, alert, and rejuvenated.

Why should I consider blepharoplasty?

Cosmetic & Practical Benefits

More Confidence in Your Appearance

By eliminating signs of aging, blepharoplasty can provide a substantial enhancement in your confidence, your appearance, and the way others see you.

Improved Field of Vision

If the upper eyelid droops severely, it can obstruct vision. Blepharoplasty can tighten the eyelids to eliminate this issue.

Versatility

In many cases, your surgeon can combine eyelid surgery with other cosmetic procedures, such as rhinoplasty or a facelift, for an even more dramatic enhancement.

So what areas can blepharoplasty target?

Is eyelid surgery common?

A Consistently Popular Treatment

*According to the 2017 American Society of Plastic Surgeons Statistics Report

How do I know if surgery is right for me?

Basic Candidacy

Good Overall Health

Patients should not have any health problems that could complicate surgery.

No Tobacco Use

Nicotine can severely compromise healing. Stop at least several months before surgery, if not for good.

Realistic Expectations

Blepharoplasty cannot reverse aging, but it can provide significant rejuvenation.

What does blepharoplasty cost?

An Affordable Procedure

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons' 2017 statistics report, the average cost of blepharoplasty is $3,026. While insurance will not contribute to the cost of the procedure when it is performed for cosmetic purposes, your plan may cover a portion of the expense if you need blepharoplasty to improve your vision.

So what areas can a blepharoplasty target?

Woman before and after blepharoplasty Do the results look natural?

Refined Techniques Make Scarring Practically Invisible

Diagram of different incisions used for blepharoplasty Modern techniques minimize scarring following blepharoplasty. Upper eyelid surgery involves creating incisions in the natural crease of the eyelid. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision can be placed just below the lash line. When you choose an experienced and reputable surgeon, you can expect to look rested and rejuvenated after blepharoplasty rather than looking like you've had work done.

Okay, you've got my attention. Tell me more about the procedure...

What to Expect during Treatment

Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure that takes about one hour per eyelid:

" Keep in mind that it may take several months for the scars to fully fade. "

Day of Procedure

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Anesthesia

To ensure your comfort, the doctor will administer local anesthesia and provide sedation.

" Keep in mind that it may take several months for the scars to fully fade. "

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Incisions

To treat the upper lid, the doctor will make an incision in the fold of the eyelid. To address the lower lid, the doctor will place the incision just below the lashes.

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Tissue Removal

Through the incision, the surgeon can remove loose skin and other tissues. Remaining tissues are tightened and sutured to achieve the desired effect.

What comes after surgery?

What to Expect During Recovery

For 10 to 14 days after surgery, you should expect some swelling, bruising, and irritation. Some patients may also develop dry eye during this period. However, you can ease these side effects with lubricating eye drops, cold compresses, and antibiotics, as recommended by your doctor. Patients can usually return to non-strenuous work within three to 10 days. It may take several months for scars to fade.

Blepharoplasty cannot stop the natural aging process, but you can prolong the results of your surgery by using sun protection and abstaining from tobacco use.

What will my results look like?

Patient Results

Before blepharoplasty Before

Drooping eyelids can make you look tired and aged.

After blepharoplasty After

Blepharoplasty can help you look rested and alert.

Nonsurgical Solutions

If you are hesitant to undergo surgery, your doctor can recommend a number of nonsurgical alternatives. Injectable fillers and fat grafts can target bags under the eyes. For wrinkles around the corners of the eyes, BOTOX® Cosmetic, chemical peels, and certain laser treatments are often helpful. It is important to remember that fillers only provide temporary effects. Depending on the amount of loose skin you wish to address, surgery may be the most effective solution.

If you are ready to do something about sagging eyelids, schedule a consultation with your doctor today to find out if blepharoplasty or another solution can help you achieve your goals.

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