Synonyms: Blepharoplasty, Eyelid Lift, Eyelift
Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Lift is a procedure where excessive skin, fat and muscle are removed from your upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid Surgery is mostly done in conjunction with Face Lift, Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) or Brow Lift surgery.
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Cost of procedure performed in the US: $2,525.
All prices are in US dollars and include the cost of the procedure and minimum hospital stay. Estimates and minimum hospital stay will vary depending upon individual needs and requirements.
Eyelid Surgery can be performed for either cosmetic or functional purposes in men and in women. Eyelid Surgery does improve the look of your eyes but it also improves your vision if the skin fold around your eyes interfere with your vision. Eyelid Surgery is performed to remove puffiness or bagginess from under your eyes. Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty can also correct drooping upper eyelid.
If you are a man or a woman above 35 - 40 years of age who would like to improve their appearance and / or vision (whatever the case may be) and have realistic expectations, then you are an ideal candidate for Eyelid Surgery. If droopy upper eyelid or baggy eyes run in the family, then you may be an ideal candidate for Eyelid Surgery at an early age.
If you have thyroid problems like Grave's disease or hypothyroidism, if you have high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, glaucoma, retinal detachment or dry eyes due to insufficient production of tears (Dry Eyes), then you should preferably not consider Eyelid Surgery.
Eyelid Surgery is performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. Depending on the number of eyelids getting done, Eyelid Surgery may take any where from 2 - 4 hours. In a typical Eyelid Surgery procedure, you surgeon will make incision below your eyelashes in your lower lid and along the creases of your upper eyelid. These incisions may extend to the outer corner of your eyes. Your surgeon will dissect out and separate the skin of your eyelid from the underlying fat and muscle, remove excessive fat and trim away excessive sagging skin and tighten the eye muscle. The incision is then closed with very fine sutures so that it results in minimal scarring after Eyelid Surgery. A trans-conjunctival approach for Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty may be used so that no external incision needs to be made. You will spend the first few hours after Eyelid Surgery in the recovery room under observation to watch for any post-operative complications. You will be allowed to go home the same or the next day following your Eyelid Surgery.
Before your Eyelid Surgery, make sure that you inform you surgeon and your anesthetist regarding any other medical condition, all the prescription and non-prescription medications (including vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements) that you take. If you smoke, make sure that you stop smoking at least 2 weeks before and do not smoke for 1 - 2 weeks after Eyelid Surgery to avoid healing problems. Your surgeon might prescribe you vitamin C and vitamin K pre-operatively to ensure proper healing after your Eyelid Surgery. During your pre-operative visit your vision and tear production will be tested. Be sure to make arrangements for someone to drive you home and help you around the house for the next couple of days after your Eyelid Surgery.
There might be some swelling, bruising and soreness for the next few days following Eyelid Surgery. Your eyes will be covered with bandages and you will be prescribed some pain medication to deal with the pain. You will be instructed to keep your head elevated and apply cold compresses to minimize swelling after Eyelid Surgery. Your surgeon will also prescribe some eye drops to lubricate your eyes and prevent burning and itching of your eyes due to dryness. Do not be alarmed if you experience excessive tearing, blurring or double vision in the next few weeks following the Eyelid Surgery, all these symptoms will subside quickly. Your stitches will be removed in about a week and you will start seeing and enjoying the difference Eyelid Surgery has made to your appearance. If you wear contact lenses, do not wear them for the next couple of days after your Eyelid Surgery as it may be uncomfortable. You will be able to return back to your daily activities in about 2 weeks following the Eyelid Surgery. Avoid physically strenuous activities like playing sports, bending and lifting heavy objects for about 2 weeks following the Eyelid Surgery.
The outcome of Eyelid Surgery is excellent. The results from this procedure will last for years or may be permanent however, they will depend on your lifestyle and environmental factors. The changes in your looks will take several days after the procedure to become completely evident. The scars from Eyelid Surgery heal gradually but do eventually fade to a thin line which may not be too conspicuous.
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Keywords: Brow Lift, Droopy Upper Eyelid, Puffy Eyes, Baggy Eyes, Bright Eyes, Dry Eyes, Non-surgical Option, Thermalift, Laser Treatments, Laser Resurfacing