Blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery, was the third most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure in 2015.
Usually, when a person reaches his or her late 30s or early 40s, the supporting structures of the eyelids begin to weaken. Eyelid fat protrudes, stretching the delicate eyelid skin. In the lower eyelids, prominent fat and stretched skin appear as puffiness or bags. In the upper eyelids, this results in excess folds of skin that may actually hang down over the edge of the upper eyelids. Fine wrinkle lines and creases appear in the delicate skin around the lids. The result is a tired, sleepy or sad look. These changes detract from the natural beauty of the eye area.
Blepharoplasty, one of the procedures for facial rejuvenation, is designed to improve one’s appearance by reducing the prominence of wrinkles, drooping and other imperfections in the eyelids. This may be done for either the upper or lower eyelids, or for both.
Blepharoplasty – Indications
The following conditions can be treated by eyelid surgery.
- Puffiness in the upper eyelids caused by excess fatty deposits
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
- Bags under the eyes
- Droopiness of the lower eyelids
Blepharoplasty – Procedure
The incision for the upper lid is made through the upper eyelid crease. A segment of skin is removed; if necessary, fat underneath the lid is removed as well. The incision for the lower eyelid is made approximately just below the rim of the lower eyelashes. Excess skin and fat is removed to achieve the desired result.
Blepharoplasty – Recovery
Cold compresses should be applied over the eyes during the first 24-48 hours after surgery. Sutures are removed two days after surgery. The eyelids are discolored and swollen for two to seven days, depending upon the patient’s skin type, age and healing ability. It is common to feel “tightness” of the eyelids for some time after surgery.
Blepharoplasty – Cost
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, The average cost of eyelid surgery is $2,874.
Blepharoplasty cost can vary widely. The average fee above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.
Make sure that your blepharoplasty cost includes:
- Anesthesia fees
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Medical tests
- Surgeon’s fee
Blepharoplasty – Patient Video Testimonial
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