The eyes are the most important feature of the face, and usually the first to change as we age. Excess skin and fat around the eyes can make you look older, more tired, mad, mean, and generally worse than you feel.
Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, is one of the most pleasing operations I perform. Either the upper eyelid skin is removed (upper blepharoplasty), or just the lower lids can be done for puffiness (lower blepharoplasty). If both uppers and lowers are done, this is called a “quad blepharoplasty” as shown in this patient photo. The look of the entire face improves with eyelid surgery. Healing is quick, and the results are amazing. During your consultation, I can show you the effect that surgery can have on your face using computer imaging. In addition, I will show you many patients who have a similar preoperative appearance to yours, and then show you their actual appearance after I performed their surgery.
The other nice feature of this operation is that the results are very long lasting, and unlike facelifts or browlifts, this surgery doesn’t usually need to be repeated in your lifetime. Healing is very fast, and surprisingly comfortable. Special medications are also provided to my patients to diminish bruising.
Surgery: Eyelid surgery is performed with IV sedation, so you are comfortable and sleepy, and feel no pain. The surgery takes appx. 1 1/2 hours (for both upper and lower lid surgery), and you go home the same day.
Healing time: Ice or frozen peas are used around the eyes for the first 24 hours. A single stitch is removed on the fifth day. Walking is started immediately, limited exercise starting at 1 week. You feel great, but the bruising around the eyes keeps people off work or away from social activities for 5-10 days. Full exercise at 2 weeks.
Pain level: Minimal pain, in fact, Tylenol® may be all the pain medicine you need. Rank=2 Pain information
Risks: The upper lid scar falls in the normal eyelid crease, so it is difficult to see after completely healed. The lower lid scar lies just under the eyelashes, in a natural crease, so it fades well. Wrinkles around the eyes or crow’s feet don’t improve much with this surgery (laser or chemical peels help more). People with a history of dry eyes may find this worsens after surgery. Other risks. Risk information
Costs: Upper lids=$3,000 to $4,000 Lower lids=$3,000 to $4,000 Uppers+Lowers=$5,000 to $6,000 total (A discount occurs if the uppers and lowers are done together). Cost information