Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery (Blephoroplasty)
Cosmetic eyelid surgery (also known as Blepharoplasty) treats upper and/or lower eyelids by removing excess skin and tissue to reduce the appearance of wrinkled skin and bags under lower lids and decrease puffy and saggy upper lids. The result is a more alert, rested, and rejuvenated look. In some individuals, the lids may need additional tightening and repositioning to restore a youthful appearance.
Who is a candidate for cosmetic eyelid surgery?
Healthy patients with some of the following conditions:
- Loose eyelid skin, creating extra folds and uneven contour
- Puffy eyelids
- Under eye bags
- Droopy lower eyelids with excess skin and wrinkles
Patients may need a rejuvenation of the upper and or lower eyelids.
More alert appearance, youthful appearing eyelids and diminished under eye bags.
The procedure usually requires sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure length varies depending on the type of procedure required, ranging from 1 to 2 hours. The procedure complexity depends on the general condition of the eyelids. Some eyelids require minimal skin and fat removal. Incisions are concealed in the lid creases or inside the eyelid. In patients with poor eyelid tone, additional lid tightening may be needed. Patients with Asian eyelids may desire a double lid crease to be formed. Sutures are placed and ointment is applied to the incisions. Ice packs are used to decrease bruising and swelling.
Patients will experience discomfort, swelling, bruising, tightness and possible temporary dry, itchy or blurry eyes. Resting with head elevation is important to decrease swelling. Limiting eye strain during recovery is also recommended and avoid activities such as reading which may exacerbate symptoms. Cold compresses can help decrease swelling. Stitches are removed in 5 to 7 days. Patients can typically return to work after 1-2 weeks, often requiring makeup application to cover bruising. Complete swelling may take 2 months to resolve. Scarring is usually minimal and fades in 6 to 12 months.
The price ranges from $2,000-$5,500 depending on if upper and/or lower eyelids require treatment.
Patients will experience discomfort, swelling, bruising, and possible temporary dry or watery eyes and itching. Additional surgical risks will be discussed in the consultation.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Carpin to discuss benefits, alternatives, and expected outcomes of the procedure.