Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure which removes excess skin and bulging fat pads from the upper and lower eyelids. Many people notice the first signs of aging in the eye area, and blepharoplasty can dramatically improve the appearance by brightening the eyes and taking away a tired and puffy look. Dr. Vitenas thinks of this procedure as the rejuvenation of the windows to one’s soul.
Blepharoplasty may be performed on its own or with other procedures such as Botox® cosmetic or other facial fillers. Good candidates for eyelid surgery include men and women who are in good health and are looking to improve sagging upper eyelids or puffy under-eye bags.
Dr. Vitenas performs blepharoplasty in his office operating suite and at the adjacent Day Surgery Center, an outpatient facility at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. The surgery usually takes one to two hours to complete and may be performed with local or general anesthesia.
For upper eyelid blepharoplasty, the incisions are located in the crease of the upper eyelid. For lower eyelid blepharoplasty, the incisions may be made below the lower eyelid lashes or through the inside of the lower eyelid. Once the incisions are made, excess skin and fat are removed. The recovery after blepharoplasty takes about one to two weeks. Swelling and bruising may occur, and the bruising can take two to four weeks to fade. Patients may experience a tight or sore feeling in the eyelids, and medication can help to manage any discomfort. The stitches are removed in three to five days. Work may be resumed after one to two weeks, though patients will need to hold on off on more strenuous activities for four to six weeks.
Q – What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to rejuvenate and brighten the eye area by removing excess skin and bulging fat pads from the upper and lower eyelids. The procedure can dramatically improve the signs of aging occurring around the eye area, including a tired and puffy look.
Q – Who is a candidate for blepharoplasty?
Men and women who are in good health and looking to improve sagging upper eyelids or puffy under-eye bags may be good candidates for blepharoplasty.
Q – What should I expect during a consultation for blepharoplasty?
During the consultation for blepharoplasty, Dr. Vitenas will go over your complete medical history, take the time to understand your goals, and answer all of your questions. You will see pre-op and post-op photos of previous blepharoplasty patients, and computer imaging will be used to help you visualize your own personal results. Dr. Vitenas will discuss reasonable and expected outcomes, and explain the details of the procedure including the technique, the recovery, the risks, the costs, and financing options.
Q – Where is the surgery for blepharoplasty performed?
Dr. Vitenas performs the surgery for blepharoplasty in his office operating suite and at the adjacent Day Surgery Center, an outpatient facility at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.
Q – How much does cosmetic eyelid surgery and/or blepharoplasty cost?
The price of Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty is influenced by the scope of correction and surgical approach taken. Whether the surgery will address the upper, lower or both sets of eye lids will impact the price range. The price for blepharoplasty can range from $2,000.00 to $6,000.00. For a more precise idea of the cost of this procedure feel free to upload your photos to our contact form.
Q – What type of anesthesia is used for blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is typically performed with local or general anesthesia.
Q – How is blepharoplasty performed?
For blepharoplasty, the incisions are made in the crease of the upper eyelid and either inside of the lower eyelid or below the lower eyelid lashes. After the incisions are made, excess fat and skin are removed.
Q – How long is the surgery for blepharoplasty?
The surgery for blepharoplasty is about one to two hours in length.
Q – Where are the incisions made for blepharoplasty?
The incisions for blepharoplasty are made in the crease of the upper eyelid and either below the lower eyelid lashes or inside of the lower eyelid.
Q – Does blepharoplasty leave scars?
Though the incisions made during blepharoplasty do result in scars, they are very well-concealed. For the upper eyelids, incisions are located in the crease of the upper lids. For the lower eyelids, incisions are located either inside of the lower lids or just below the lower eyelid lashes.
Q – Is blepharoplasty a painful procedure?
Patients may experience a tight or sore feeling in the eyelids after the blepharoplasty procedure, though this can be managed with medication.
Q – How long is the recovery after blepharoplasty?
The recovery after blepharoplasty takes one to two weeks.
Q – What is the recovery like after blepharoplasty?
Patients can expect a recovery period of one to two weeks after blepharoplasty. Some bruising and swelling may occur, with most of the bruising fading within two to four weeks.
Q – When will I be able to return to work after my blepharoplasty surgery?
Patients are often able to return to work within one to two weeks after surgery.
Q – When will I be able to exercise after my blepharoplasty procedure?
Patients will need to postpone strenuous activities and exercise for about four to six weeks after the blepharoplasty procedure.
Q-When are the stitches removed after the blepharoplasty surgery?
The stitches are removed in three to five days after surgery.
Q – What are the risks or possible complications of blepharoplasty?
The potential risks or complications associated with blepharoplasty may include bleeding, infection, scarring, ectropion, and blindness.
Q – Is it possible to finance my blepharoplasty procedure?
There are financing options available for plastic surgery, and Dr. Vitenas will discuss these with you during your initial blepharoplasty consultation. Please visit our financing options page to learn more.