Eyelid lift (or blepharoplasty) is the preferred treatment for removing bags under the eyes or correcting drooping eyelids or extra skin on the upper lids, conditions that can add years to your appearance and even impair your vision. Since the eyes are the most prominent facial features, eyelid rejuvenation can significantly improve a person’s appearance for a more well-rested, youthful look. For patients who are experiencing impaired vision due to drooping eyelids, blepharoplasty can also restore the full field of vision and enhance overall quality of life (and therefore may be covered by insurance).
Benefits of Eyelid Lift and Complementary Procedures
An eyelid lift is designed to remove excess fatty tissue and skin from the upper and/or lower eyelids, as well as tighten underlying muscles that contribute to sagging. From a cosmetic perspective, patients can reverse common signs of facial aging around the eyes that can cause a tired, stressed, or even depressed look. From a functional perspective, blepharoplasty can ensure your field of vision is completely clear of obstruction due to sagging upper eyelids. Most patients opt to combine an upper and lower eyelid lift for a more dramatic rejuvenation. Eyelid lift is often performed in conjunction with a midface lift to smooth the lid/cheek junction. They are also performed with other surgical procedures, such as a facelift or forehead lift, or non-surgical injectable treatments, like BOTOX® Cosmetic or dermal fillers, to enhance the final results.
Eyelid Lift Candidates
Ideal candidates for eyelid lift surgery have excess skin and/or fatty tissue causing sagging from the upper or lower eyelids. Patients who experience impaired vision from drooping upper eyelids are also ideal candidates for this procedure. During the consultation process, Dr. Paul LoVerme will perform a physical examination, review your medical history, and discuss your personal goals to determine if eyelid lift is the right procedure for you. If you are a good candidate for a blepharoplasty, the procedure can be customized to meet your individual needs and expectations and will be performed in our AAAASF accredited surgical suite.
Cost of Eyelid Lift Surgery
Since each eyelid lift procedure is very precisely custom-tailored for the patient, there is no set cost for this surgery. Factors that may contribute to the price of your blepharoplasty can include: number of areas treated, complexity of the procedure, and any necessary post-operative medications. Patients who undergo upper eyelid lift surgery due to vision obstruction may have all or a portion of the cost for their procedure covered by health insurance. In these cases, Dr. LoVerme and our staff can work with your provider to make sure all necessary documentation and pre-authorization is complete before the procedure. The LoVerme Center also offers a number of financing options to help make the cost of eyelid lift surgery more affordable.
The Eyelid Lift Procedure
Eyelid lift surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both during the same procedure:
Upper eyelid surgery can excise loose skin and fat deposits from the upper lid, smoothing the area and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This procedure can also restore a more youthful contour to the upper eyelid. Upper eyelid surgery is also performed for patients who have vision impairment due to drooping upper lids. Dr. LoVerme is careful to leave enough skin and fatty tissue to prevent an overly “done” look and preserve a natural, symmetrical appearance.
Lower eyelid surgery can eliminate excess skin and fat causing bags and puffiness under the eyes to create a smoother, more youthful appearance. Frequently, fat deposits can even be repositioned to fill in hollow tear troughs for further rejuvenation. Structural laxity of the lower eyelid can also be corrected with this procedure and can occasionally achieve a “mini cheek lift” for certain patients. A midface lift is often combined with lower eyelid surgery.
Eyelid surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia and sedation. Dr. LoVerme will make incisions along the natural creases and lines of your eyelids, through which excess fat, skin, and muscle are removed. If there are bags without excess skin, an incision can be made inside the eyelid to remove fat pads, leaving no visible scar. Often, a chemical peel or FRAX laser treatment is used in combination with this trans-conjunctival lift to tighten skin and avoid an incision and scar.
Eyelid Lift Recovery and Results
Mild swelling, bruising, and some discomfort are part of the recovery process, and usually can be alleviated with cold compresses, elevation, and appropriate medication. Most patients are back to their normal routines within days, although complete recovery may take a few weeks. Sutures are removed five to seven days after the procedure. After about three months, the incision lines become virtually indistinguishable and patients can fully enjoy their revitalized appearance.
Eyelid Lift Results
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