Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the eyelids. This technique can be performed on patients with drooping upper eyelids, or those with puffy under-eye bags. Both of these effects can make you look older and more tired than you truly are.
Is blepharoplasty right for me?
Many patients choose blepharoplasty because their drooping eyelids have begun to interfere with their vision. Others feel that the excess tissue in their eyelids makes them look tired or sad. This technique is available for both women and men who are in good overall health. Certain health conditions, as well as eye conditions such as glaucoma, may make you an unsuitable candidate for eyelid surgery.
It is important to note that blepharoplasty targets the upper and lower eyelids themselves, not the area around the eyes, such as the “crow’s feet” wrinkles. Often, this treatment is performed in conjunction with a brow lift or other cosmetic procedures for treating the entire area surrounding the eyes.
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Blepharoplasty can be performed on the lower eyelids, the upper eyelids, or both pairs of eyelids. It is usually less expensive to have all of the lids treated during one session than to undergo both upper and lower eyelid surgery separately. In the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area, the cost of this procedure averages $3,000 to $5,000.
How involved is the blepharoplasty procedure?
Most blepharoplasty procedures take one to three hours and are performed with general anesthesia. While this is a surgical procedure, it is considered to be a fairly minimally invasive one. Incisions in the natural skin folds or behind the lower eyelid enable the surgeon to trim away excess tissues, including fat and skin. The overall goal is to make the eyelids appear smoother and younger. Once this surgical work is done, the incisions are closed with small sutures.
How long is the recovery after blepharoplasty?
After undergoing eyelid surgery, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area patients can expect a recovery period lasting approximately one week. During this week, use antiseptic eyedrops or ointment as directed. Avoid strenuous activities and keep your head and neck elevated at all times. Gauze or surgical tape are used to support the tissues of the eyelids. Common side effects include bruising, swelling, dry or watery eyes, and tenderness. You may also experience temporary vision effects such as blurred or double vision or light sensitivity.
What should I do next?
West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area residents who are unhappy with the way their eyelids look should consider blepharoplasty surgery. Call Dr. Kapp today for your complimentary consultation at 561-600-4622.