Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty

Eyes and Brows

Melissa Hu, MD

BOARD CERTIFIED FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON

 
It's natural to take steps to look your best

Eyelid Surgery

The eyes are often considered the window to our souls.  Loose skin is often a normal part of aging.  However, it can make you look older, more tired, and worn especially when it involves the eyelids. Blepharoplasty involves the removal of excess skin, bags, and fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids.  The result is an overall more rejuvenated and brighter appearance.

What Can Eyelid Surgery Address?

  • Loose skin of the eyelids

  • Puffy upper eyelids

  • Lower eyelid bags

  • Improve field of vision 

  • Improve application of eye makeup

  • Create a fresh and brighter appearance

Details
Details

Internal vs. external approach is typically dictated by the problem area. Excessive skin and deep lower eyelid bags is best addressed with an external skin incision. Fullness of the lower eyelids due only to fat may be addressed with an internal incision.

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Combining Procedures
Combining Procedures

Other procedures can be combined with blepharoplasty through a single incision such as ptosis repair, Asian eyelid (double eyelid) surgery, midface suspension.

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Recovery
Recovery

It takes about two weeks to recover from upper eyelid surgery. The lower eyelids may take 3-4 weeks for recovery due to decreased drainage of the lower eyelids.

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Preparing
Preparing

Stop aspirin and other NSAIDs at least 10 days before surgery. Arnica which is an herbal supplement which has shown to help swelling and bruising may be started a couple days before your scheduled procedure. Smoking should be completely discontinued 6 weeks before surgery.

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Recovery
Recovery

Keep your head elevated for the first week. Apply ice for the first 3-4 days. Continue arnica until bruising resolves. Ensure good nutrition. Smoking cessation should continue for 6 weeks after surgery.

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Cost
Cost

Depending on the severity of the problem, whether the upper eyelids or lower eyelids are being addressed, the cost for this procedure typically ranges from $1500 - $3500.

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Blepharoplasty
What Does it Entail?

Internal vs. external approach is typically dictated by the problem area.  Excessive skin and deep lower eyelid bags is best addressed with an external skin incision.  Fullness of the lower eyelids due only to fat may be addressed with an internal incision.

What Does it Entail?
Blepharoplasty Recovery
Recovery

It takes about two weeks to recover from upper eyelid surgery. The lower eyelids may take 3-4 weeks for recovery due to decreased drainage of the lower eyelids.

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Recovery
Combining Blepharoplasty
Combining Procedures

Other procedures can be combined with blepharoplasty through a single incision such as ptosis repair, Asian eyelid (double eyelid) surgery, midface suspension.

Combining Procedures
Preparing for Blepharoplasty
Preparing

To decrease bruising, it is advised to stop aspirin, other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen at least 10 days before surgery.

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Preparing
Blepharoplasty Recovery
After Care

Keep your head elevated for the first week.

Apply ice for the first 3-4 days.

Continue arnica until bruising resolves.
Ensure good nutrition.

Smoking cessation should continue for 6 weeks after surgery.

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After Care
Blepharoplasty Cost
Cost of a Blepharoplasty

Depending on the severity of the problem, whether the upper eyelids or lower eyelids are being addressed, the cost for this procedure typically ranges from $1500 - $3500.

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Cost of a Blepharoplasty

Before & After

Upper Blepharoplasty
Upper Blepharoplasty

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Lower Blepharoplasty
Lower Blepharoplasty

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Upper Lower Blephs
Upper Lower Blephs

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Upper Blepharoplasty
Upper Blepharoplasty

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