Eyelid rejuvenation surgery, known as blepharoplasty or an upper or lower eyelid lift, is designed to remove excess eyelid skin, muscle and fatty tissue, restoring the appearance of the eyes with a little “lift.” Eyelid surgery is one of our greatest tools in restoring a more youthful appearance.
Patients must first see Dr. Waldrop for a consultation to determine if they are a candidate for surgery and to discuss risks and benefits of the procedure. Surgeries are either performed in our ambulatory surgical center under anesthesia, or in the minor procedure room without anesthesia. Patients can expect to have mild oozing, bruising, swelling, and redness for 2-4 weeks after surgery. The incision is made along the natural folds of the eyelids, and the scar typically fades in about 2-6 months (depending on skin type). Patients must refrain from lifting, straining, working out, wearing makeup and being in the sun for two weeks after surgery. It is necessary to have a driver the day of surgery and patients that receive anesthesia should have someone at home with them the night of surgery.
Upper eyelid surgery patients will have sutures that need to be removed in our office one week after surgery.
*All fees for eyelid surgeries are all-inclusive (anesthesia, operating room fees, postop appointments included)
**In some cases upper eyelid surgery is covered by insurance (when peripheral vision is severely obstructed by drooping skin). Patients would need to schedule a consultation through their insurance to be properly evaluated for coverage, a referral may be necessary for HMO patients. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is never covered by insurance.