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 – Results


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Blepharoplasty – Patient Video Testimonial

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Top 5 Cosmetic Surgery Procedures In 2014

The top 5 cosmetic surgery procedures from the The American Society of Plastic Surgery has recently been released for 2014. Over 1.6 million cosmetic surgery procedures and 13.9 million minimally invasive procedures were performed.

Top 5 Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

The total number of procedures remained about the same as in 2013.

Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) filled the number six position, closely behind facelifts. Interestingly, tummy tucks have increased 87% since 2000.

The top 5 non surgical procedures include

The data collected was from board certified plastic surgeons who participated in the study sharing their operative data with the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

Since 2000 the total number of cosmetic surgery procedures has decreased 12%. Liposuction has decreased 44%, while breast augmentation has increased 35%. I think the most likely explanation for the decrease in liposuction is that physicians other than plastic surgeons are performing the procedure.

Just remember when it comes to your cosmetic surgery procedure, make sure your physician is a board certified plastic surgeon, who can show you pre and postoperative photographs of patients that he or she has operated on.

Make sure the facility is accredited and that an anesthesiologist is present during the procedure to monitor you.

While cosmetic surgery is safe and performed millions of times a year, it is still a surgical procedure and needs to be approached with careful thought and planning.

Blepharoplasty Surgery and Video | Virginia Beach

Blepharoplasty Surgery and Video | Virginia Beach

Blepharoplasty Surgery

Eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty, is one of the top five cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States. Last year, over 200,000 eyelid surgery procedures were performed.

In this video, Virginia Beach Plastic Surgeon, Matthew Galumbeck, discusses blepharoplasty surgery. The causes of eyelid bags and wrinkles will be discussed. The eyelid surgery procedure will be reviewed and blepharoplasty before and after pictures of one of Dr. Galumbeck’s Virginia Beach patients will be shown.

Blepharoplasty surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that can give great results. Recovery from upper and lower eyelid surgery is only a few days. Blepharoplasty can be performed on patients of any age. Fat and loose skin are permanently removed, giving patients a more refreshed and rejuvenated appearance without giving an operated or startled look. Eyelid surgery can remove under eye bags as well as upper eyelid hooding.

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Blepharoplasty Surgery Transcript


From Galumbeck Plastic Surgery, this is new techniques in cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Galumbeck the eyes are one area that tend to look tired first in a person’s face and eyelid surgery can certainly remedy that.

Well, eyelid surgery is a very popular technique in cosmetic surgery because not only does it make a very big difference but it’s very subtle and the people say you look well rested, you look you come back from vacation, not that you had your eyelids done, didn’t you.

We don’t certainly give someone a startled appearance, but in the same token we want to address certain things that occur in the eyes that give that tired, older, aged look.

Mainly what happens in eyelid surgery or rather eyelids with age is that there’s fat, fat in the upper eyelid and in the lower eyelid and there’s a band that holds that fat back. With time that band loosens up the fat slides forward and it stretches out the skin and in the upper eyelid you get hooding, in the lower eyelid you get bags and puffiness.

So the goal of eyelid surgery is to remove the extra fat, remove the extra skin, tighten up the eye to give it a better appearance and a more youthful, more well rested appearance.

The incisions are small; they are in the upper eyelid crease. And right underneath the lower eyelid eyelashes. So once are healed they are really invisible.

Recovery is quick. Stitches only stay in for a couple a days. I’ve had people come in on Saturday and get their eyelids done and then come in Monday morning, get those stitches out. A little cover up makeup on and go to work. Recovery is really fast for eyelid surgery.

As far as age, people would say well am I ready, am I old enough, am I too old? It’s not really an age thing with eyelid surgery. I have had women and men in their twenties come in and get eyelid surgery done because of puffiness that is more heredity. They say my parents have it, I’ve got it, and want to get rid of it. I would say on average, the average age is somewhere to the mid to late thirties, where people start to see change in their eyelids. Now certainly, I have done eyelid surgery on people in their late seventies or early eighties. But I would say the average age is probably thirty five to forty five when people start noticing the changes.

You know women say I lose the platform to put makeup on my upper eyelid. People say I always look tired. Men, especially in business, come in and say say, you know it’s very competitive out there and I look older, I look more tired and I want to get something done. But I don’t want to have an operated look. Certainly, it can make a huge difference having eyelid surgery done.

OK, so men and women you can take heed, this is a procedure for either of you.

Here’s a picture of a woman who we did eyelids surgery on. You can see in a before picture that she’s got hooding of her upper eyelid. Again that’s caused by the fat that slides forward and the skin that is stretched out because it’s very thin and supple. Same thing on the lower eyelids, she has some crinkling and a little bit of puffiness.

So our goal is to remove the extra fat, remove the extra skin, and you can see in her after picture that her eyes are, just overall, they’re more awake, they look more open, without being startled. And that’s what most people notice, is that you look well rested.

But if you look closely the differences are that hooding from the upper eyelids is gone. The puffiness, the crinkles under the lower eyelid are gone as well.

And that is the result that you can get from blepharoplasty surgery, a very standard and routine result.

So a big difference with not a whole lot of work and not a lot of recovery time..

Glad you could join us. Please join us again for the next edition of new techniques in cosmetic surgery.
I’m your host Jan Callahan along with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Galumbeck. We’ll see you next time.

Galumbeck Plastic Surgery 1817 Republic Road, Virginia
Beach, Virginia 23454. 757.491.3204.