Peter H. Grossman, MD
By Peter H. Grossman, MD
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What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a procedure performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, to improve appearance by addressing sagging eyebrows, upper lids, and skin below the eyes. Blepharoplasty may also be performed to improve the function of the eyelids.

Double eyelid surgery, or Asian eyelid surgery, is a form of blepharoplasty in which a crease is made in the upper eyelid, known as the supratarsal crease.

What Is Blepharoplasty Surgery Like?

During the procedure, excess skin, muscle, and fat may be removed from the eyelid. Eyelids can stretch and the muscles supporting them can weaken with age. This can cause droopy upper lids, sagging eyebrows, and bags under the eyes. The surgery can improve appearance and correct vision problems due to sagging skin impairing the full line of vision. It is typically an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia.

The surgeon starts by cutting along the upper eyelid fold. Next, they’ll remove excess skin. If there is excess muscle or fat, they can remove that too before meticulously stitching the incision closed. When operating on the lower lid, a surgeon cuts just below the lashes. Or, they may cut inside the lower lid to remove or redistribute sagging skin, muscle, or excess fat.

After the procedure, you’ll be monitored in a recovery room. Eyelid surgery recovery may temporarily result in blurred vision from a lubricating ointment, watering eyes, light sensitivity, puffy eyelids, double vision, swelling or bruising, or some pain or discomfort as you recuperate at home. Bruising and swelling typically abate in one to two weeks.

Who Is a Candidate?

Candidates for blepharoplasty include people with baggy or droopy upper eyelids, excess skin on their upper eyelids that blocks peripheral vision, or those with excess lower eyelid skin or baggy eyes. A good candidate is healthy with no medical conditions that can interfere with healing. Nonsmokers, people without serious eye conditions, and those with realistic goals and a positive outlook are candidates as well.

How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost?

In 2019, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found the average cost of cosmetic eyelid surgery was just under $3,300.1 This is the cost of surgery alone and does not include expenses such as anesthesia, use of operating facilities, and prescription medications. The surgeon’s fee is based on their experience, location, and the procedure they use. Consult with your specialist to learn how much eyelid surgery is for you.

Request a Consultation with Grossman Plastic Surgery Today

Grossman Plastic Surgery specializes in blepharoplasty, which is performed in our out-patient surgery center in West Hills, CA, near Los Angeles. Our patients go home the same day and often return to work by the second week after surgery. Request a consultation, get a quote, or book an appointment online, or feel free to call us at (818) 981-2050.

Sources:

  1. https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/eyelid-surgery/cost

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