Blepharoplasty is now the most common facial plastic surgery procedure among women age 35-60 and is also one of the most common surgical procedures in males. It can significantly improve your facial appearance, giving a youthful, refreshed look. As we age, the skin around our eyes, in particular, becomes loose and begins to sag. Excess skin on the upper lid may actually interfere with your peripheral vision. It can also contribute to a tired, sad or angry look. Upper lid blepharoplasty is a procedure which removes excess skin and, sometimes, excess fat over the eyes in order to restore a youthful eyelid contour. Occasionally, a brow lift is also recommended to maximize the results of an upper lid blepharoplasty if the excess skin on the eyelids is partly due to descent or drooping of the eyebrows.
Bulges, or outpouching of the fat pockets, in the lower lids, can be due to aging or hereditary factors. Lower lid blepharoplasty typically involves removing and repositioning some of this fat to give a smoother, younger appearance to the lower eyelids. Lower eyelid surgery scars can be hidden inside the eyelid. Upper eyelid incisions are hidden in the first eyelid crease. Browlift procedures can enhance the results of upper lid blepharoplasty. Cheek lifts or filler into the cheeks can improve the results of lower lid blepharoplasty. Some patients may benefit from additional skin tightening after the procedure using chemical peels, micro needling or laser.
Blepharoplasty can be done under general or local anesthesia. You will go home the same day as the procedure.
You will need someone to stay with you overnight if you received general anesthesia. Ice will need to be applied to the eyes for the first 24-48 hours. You will be seen in the office the day after your procedure and follow up visits will continue at week 1,3,6 and 12. You should take 5-7 off of work.
Final cost will be determined at time of consultation and extent of potential insurance coverage for upper blepharoplasty.