Eyelid surgery is also known as blepharoplasty. It is intended to remove excess skin in the upper eyelid that covers the natural fold, loose skin resting on the upper eyelashes, lower eyelids that appear puffy, tired, and aged, and deep grooves under the eyes. Eyelid surgery is very popular and can eliminate the bags under your eyes and the hooded skin above your upper lids. Today’s techniques for eyelid surgery create a healthy, vibrant, and more refreshed look.
What can I expect during my consultation?
During your consultation you will collaborate with your surgeon to determine the details of your surgery. You will discuss:
- Which areas around your eyes bother you the most
- The effectiveness of less invasive procedures such as Botox or fillers in your situation
- Health conditions that can affect your eyelids
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Eyelid surgery is performed by both of our highly trained plastic surgeons, Dr. Eichenberg and Dr. Filip. The surgery is highly individualized to each patient. Costs range between $2,00 and $6,000 depending on if the upper, lower, or both eyelids are being addressed and other details of the procedure. This includes the entire cost including anesthesia, surgical facility, and the surgeon’s fee.
Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Choosing to undergo eyelid surgery should be something you do for yourself, never for someone else. Ideal candidates are typically:
- Physically healthy
- Bothered by a feeling that their eyes make them look unhealthy or tired
- Dissatisfied with the skin changes around their eyes with age
- Have realistic expectations
What is the recovery like?
Most patients leave the surgery center an hour after the surgery is complete. There are no dressings and only a thin layer of antibiotic ointment needs to be applied to the incisions. The procedure is not particularly painful and many people only take Tylenol afterward. Expect to spend a couple days resting at home then return to most light activities after a week. Strenuous exercise and full activity can usually resume after 2 weeks when nearly all of the swelling and bruising is gone. This is also when most people choose to return to work.
What are the basic steps of the procedure?
Eyelid surgery is typically performed under moderate sedation with an IV, similar to a colonoscopy. If only the upper eyelids are being addressed this can be done in the office without anesthesia. The incision in the upper eyelid will be placed in the natural crease through which Dr. Filip or Dr. Eichenberg will remove excess skin, muscle, and/or fat. There are many approaches to lower eyelid surgery. The incision can be placed just below the eyelashes (subcilliary) or on the inside of the eyelid (transconjunctival) so there is no visible scar. Excess fat causing puffiness can either be removed or draped over the cheekbone to provide a smooth lifted appearance. Skin is then removed if necessary to remove wrinkles. In most cases an internal suture is placed to support the outer corner of the eye and restore a happy, healthy eye shape.
How should I choose a surgeon?
First and foremost, ask lots of questions. Make sure that your surgeon puts you at ease during your initial consultation. Second, check his or her credentials. Lots of doctors advertise that they are certified as a “cosmetic surgeon” but only plastic surgeons have completed a rigorous residency in plastic surgery, are trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures, passed comprehensive exams, and graduated from an accredited medical school. Your safety is important and you want the best possible result.
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Note: 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 final outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare. Those concerns should be discussed with your surgeon prior to surgery. The information on this web site is not a substitute for a consultation. Call (951) 506-1040 or request a consultation online.