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.” While many people consider lower eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons, the sagging of the upper eyelids tends to impair vision and may require surgery.
As you age, your skin gradually loses its elasticity. This, along with gravity’s constant pull, results in excessive skin collected on your eyelids. Here is everything you should know if you are considering eyelid rejuvenation surgery at EYE-Q.
1. Eyelid surgery lifts and tightens the sagging upper eyelid skin.
If your peripheral vision is being affected by the sagging of your eyelids, a blepharoplasty on the upper eyelids will tighten the skin and not only help you see better but help you look better, too.
2. It decreases fullness and skin laxity of the lower eyelids.
If puffiness under your eye is your main issue, eyelid surgery can remove those “bags” and allow you to look and feel better. While bags under the eyes may not be affecting vision, their removal gives a more youthful appearance without changing the overall look of the face.
3. Pricing starts at just $2,000.
Depending on whether you’re looking to “lift” your upper lids or your lower lids, pricing ranges from $2,000 to $6,700. I some cases, upper eyelid surgery is covered by insurance when peripheral vision is severely obstructed by drooping skin.
$2,000 Upper eyelid blepharoplasty – in office without anesthesia
$3,200 Upper eyelid blepharoplasty – in the operating room with IV “awake” sedation
$4,700 Lower lid blepharoplasty – in the operating room under general anesthesia
$6,700 Upper and lower lid blepharoplasty – in the operating room under general anesthesia
4. You may experience post-operation bruising or swelling.
Like most surgeries, eyelid rejuvenation surgery can cause some discomfort. Patients can expect mild oozing, bruising, swelling, and redness for two to four after surgery. The incision made along the natural folds of the eyelids will leave a temporary scar, but it typically fades in about two to six months after the surgery.
5. Keep physical activity to a minimum after surgery.
Of course, this is a given. However, patients must refrain from lifting, straining, working out, wearing makeup, and being in the sun for about two weeks after surgery. It is also 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.
6. You must have a consultation with Dr. Campbell Waldrop.
Dr. Waldrop, our resident cosmetic surgeon, will evaluate whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure and discuss the risks as well as the benefits of the surgery with you.
If you are interested in eyelid rejuvenation surgery, give the MedSpa st EYE-Q a call at (559) 772-1910.