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.
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.
A Consistently Popular Treatment
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.
Refined Techniques Make Scarring Practically Invisible
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.
What to Expect during Treatment
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure that takes about one hour per eyelid:
Day of Procedure
Keep in mind that it may take several months for the scars to fully fade.
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.
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.