Blepharoplasty (Cosmetic Eyelid surgery)
Blepharoplasty, or cosmetic eye lid surgery, is an operation to remove excess droopy skin and fat from bags of the lower eyelids and upper eyelids. The primary purpose of eyelid surgery is to improve appearance and, in some cases, function of eyelids.
As we get older the skin and tissues around the eyelids weaken and cannot contain fat sitting around the eye, cushioning it from the bony orbit. With time, fat will herniate out and skin of the eyelids becomes loose and wrinkled. In some patients looseness of tissues holding back the fat is genetic and they will get fat protruding out at a much earlier age.
Fat around eyelids is particularly sensitive to environmental factors. Eyelid fat will swell up when irritated by allergens in the air, histamine release provoked by foods or during a cold. It even swells up during the night when we sleep as body water re-distributes into the face and we wake up with “puffy” eyes.
My goal in blepharoplasty is to produce eyelids and eyes that appear natural, function properly and are more youthful in appearance. Cosmetic eyelid surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed. Eyelid lifts are also one of the first procedures recommended by me for patients wishing for a younger look.
Eyelid surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia in my office and takes one hour for either upper or lower eyes and 1.5 hours for both eyelid lifts. You may need to have someone stay with you the night after blepharoplasty surgery and can usually resume work in 7-10 days. There is some bruising that can be decreased by ice and head elevation. Cost for eyelid lifts includes operating room fee and all of your follow up visits.
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