Whether you have always been dissatisfied with the shape or appearance of your eyes, or whether you have noticed changes as a result of the natural aging process, a blepharoplasty can improve the aesthetic appearance of the upper and/or lower eyelids.
What is Blepharoplasty?
This surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing the appropriate amount of fat and excess skin. This procedure usually takes approximately one to two hours.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure designed to correct minor aesthetic defects of the eyes, improve facial symmetry and eyelid definition, and reverse unpleasant changes to the eyes as a result of the natural aging process.
Because of the central role the eyes play in the beauty and harmony of the face, as well as in our interactions and communications with the outside world, even the smallest changes to the eyes can dramatically improve our overall appearance.
Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
- Removing excess fatty deposits that make the upper eyelids appear swollen
- Correcting folds in the upper eyelids, created by loose or sagging skin, that can alter the natural contour of the upper eyelid, and even potentially impair one’s vision
- Eliminating excess skin and wrinkles of the lower eyelid
- Eliminating bags and puffiness under the eyes
- Correcting lower eyelid droopiness that causes excess white to show below the iris of the eye
When performed by skilled plastic surgeons such as Dr. Franklin Richards, Dr. Dean Jabs and Dr. Keshav Magge, blepharoplasty surgery will enhance the bright, youthful appearance of your eyes, restore a refreshed, rejuvenated look to your entire face, and give you a naturally-alert, well-rested, naturally-gorgeous appearance. At Cosmetic Surgery Associates, with offices in Bethesda, Maryland, and McLean, Virginia, Dr. Richards, Dr. Jabs and Dr. Magge all have the artistic vision, surgical experience, and technical skills to ensure that your blepharoplasty will harmonize with your facial contours and subtly enhance your natural beauty!
Candidates for a blepharoplasty procedure experience drooping eyelid skin, bags under the eyes, or fat deposits.
While some want to undergo this surgery for physical hindrances such as blocked vision, others may simply wish an aesthetic enhancement. These patients are generally 35 years or older and not have any serious eye conditions. To see if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery, please schedule a consultation and one of our expert surgeons will gladly assess your candidacy.
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Types of Blepharoplasty
- Upper Eyelid Lift: Corrects drooping or sagging upper eyelids by gently repositioning or removing fatty tissue, and removing excess skin. This procedure utilizes an incision made within the natural crease of the upper eyelid.
- Lower Eyelid Lift: Improves aesthetic problems of the lower eyelid by tightening excess skin and muscle with fat removal in the lower eyelid area, through an incision made just below the lower lash line.
- Transconjunctival Lower Eyelid Surgery: This surgical technique improves lower eyelid cosmetic issues as well, but utilizes an incision behind the lower eyelid, leaving no visible scar.
At your initial consultation with either Dr. Jabs, Dr. Richards, or Dr. Magge, he will conduct a thorough examination of your facial structure and discuss with you your specific concerns and aesthetic goals, in order to determine which type, or combination of types, of eyelid surgery is most appropriate to achieve the results you are seeking. This consultation will enable him to develop a personalized surgical plan that is carefully tailored to ensure that the results of your surgery harmonize with and enhance your existing facial features. Any questions you may have will be gladly answered at this time.
Preparing for your Eyelid Surgery
Prior to your blepharoplasty procedure, your doctor may ask you to complete other medical tests specific to your case. Refrain from smoking and taking anti-inflammatory medications the 3 2 weeks leading up to your surgery date since these increase the amount of bleeding. Your doctor may prescribe you pain medication which you will need to pick up before your procedure so you have them readily available afterwards. Patients generally take 3-5 days off from work to ensure ample rest for proper healing.
You will not be able to drive afterwards, so please arrange for a friend or family member to take you home. We highly recommend having this person spend the first night of recovery with you. Eyelid surgery patients should have enough ice cube, ice packs, gauze, and washcloths stocked to last them through the entirety of their recovery. On the day of surgery you should wear something that wraps around you as opposed to a pullover; you do not want to accidentally brush against your eyes.
Depending on your specific aesthetic concerns and goals, your blepharoplasty will address the upper or lower eyelids or both.
During the procedure, which usually lasts between one and two hours, the surgeon will remove and/or carefully reposition select areas of fat and skin, while tightening the adjoining musculature surrounding the eyelids.
This is most commonly done under local anesthesia with oral sedation; however, it can be performed under general anesthesia if desired. The result of these precise adjustments will be to enhance eyelid definition and symmetry. Your surgeon will ensure that all incisions are well-concealed by the natural shape of the eye to avoid visible scarring.
Some patients may benefit from alternative procedures that provide similar results to that of blepharoplasty.
While blepharoplasty can make your eyes appear more youthful, it does not address all eye wrinkles. Botox is an FDA approved minimally invasive injectable that can be used to diminish frown lines and crow’s feet. Botox is injected into the facial muscles that lie below the wrinkled skin to temporarily paralyze them. By doing so, the muscles do not work as hard, hence not furrowing the skin which creates wrinkles.
Also known as a forehead lift, a brow lift is a procedure which raises low sitting brows to a youthful position. When you raise the eyebrows, forehead wrinkles are reduced and the upper eyelids are raised as well, both improving vision and cosmetically enhancing the eyes. Blepharoplasty can raise the upper eyelids, but a brow lift procedure is a great alternative for those who have sagging upper eyelids as well as low sitting eyebrows. A brow lift can also be performed at the same time as blepharoplasty.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is an excellent choice for those who do not need a surgical procedure, but rather a refreshed look. This non-surgical alternative addresses acne scars, wrinkles, and blemishes by removing the damaged top layer of skin. Laser skin resurfacing acts as a pick-me-up to reveal glowing, radiant skin.
Recovery from blepharoplasty usually requires a week of downtime. After surgery, it is critical to avoid exposure to the sun, wearing darkly-tinted sunglasses until healing is complete. Common side effects of eyelid surgery including bruising, irritation, swelling, and dry eyes; these side effects are usually mild and temporary, and can be ameliorated with the utilization of over-the-counter pain medications, cold compresses, and ointments. You will most likely feel ready to go out in public and/or back to work in a week.
Average cost: $2,000-$6,000
The cost of your blepharoplasty procedure will depend on your specific case and if you opt to receive additional treatments or procedures. Please feel free to schedule a private consultation to receive a quote.