What is eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty or eye lift surgery, is a procedure that improves the look of the eyelids. It can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or both.

How much does an eyelid surgery cost?

Cost varies significantly based on an individual’s goals. We’d love to talk with you about yours today. Request a consultation or call us at 618.351.9140 today.

How does eyelid surgery work?

During an eyelid surgery, excess skin is removed from the upper eyelids to define the shape, or from the lower eyelids to reduce bagginess. Some patients have both the upper and lower done at the same time.

For upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made along the fold of your eyelid, the excess skin is removed, then the incision is stitched up. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision is made just below the lashes in the natural crease of your eye, or inside the lower lid. From there, the surgeon redistributes the fat, muscle and sagging skin to smooth out and tighten the area before stitching the incision closed.

Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery is usually performed for cosmetic reasons. Like any cosmetic surgical procedure, it is important that patients are in good health. It is important to note that the surgery will not get rid of dark circles, crow’s feet or other wrinkles. Procedures such as laser resurfacing, fillers or forehead lifts can be done separately to address these concerns.

Eyelid surgery can also be an effective way for people who are experiencing limited vision due to a sagging of the eyelids, regain their field of vision.

Whether it’s a cosmetic adjustment or a vision issue, patients should come in with an idea of what their goals are and discuss them with their surgeon.

Is eyelid surgery safe and effective?

When done by an experienced surgeon, eyelid surgery can be a safe and effective way to increase your field of vision or brighten your eyes, making you look younger and more alert.

Some patients do experience side effects, most of which are temporary. Possible side effects can include dry, irritated eyes, difficulty opening and closing eyes, temporarily blurred vision, skin discoloration, scarring, infection and risks associated with anesthesia.

How do I prepare for eyelid surgery?

Preparing for eyelid surgery requires meeting with both a plastic surgeon and an eye doctor (ophthalmologist), or an oculoplastic surgeon (a plastic surgeon specializing in eye surgery). They will discuss your medical history with you and get a sense of what you’re looking to achieve by getting this procedure done.

Prior to your surgery you will undergo a physical examination and a vision examination. Your eyes will be photographed from different angles to help your surgeon plan your procedure.

At least 2 weeks before your eyelid surgery, you will need to:

  • Arrange for someone to transport you to and from the clinic on the day of the surgery
  • Arrange for someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours following the surgery
  • Arrange for child or pet care, as needed
  • Avoid aspirin or other drugs that increase blood thinning
  • Stop or pause taking certain supplements or medications
  • Stop smoking

What should I expect following the procedure?

During eyelid surgery recovery, you will be monitored in a recovery room for a few hours. If there are no complications, you will be released. You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours.

During your recovery, you may experience:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Watery eyes Puffiness or numbness
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Light sensitivity
  • Mild pain or discomfort

Using ice packs on your eyes will help reduce swelling and discomfort. Any ointments that need to be applied to the eyes will be prescribed by your doctor.

Patients should also avoid any exercise, strenuous activity, smoking, pressure on the eyes, contact lenses and blood thinning medications. Wearing dark sunglasses to avoid wind and sun post-surgery is also recommended. Your surgeon will discuss these and other recommendations with you prior to your surgery. 

Is there a consultation fee for eyelid surgery?

All cosmetic consultation fees at SIH Dermatology & Plastic surgery are $100.00, which is applied to the cost of surgery (if booked). Though in certain cases this procedure may be considered a medical option, in which case no consultation fee would be required if you’re referred to us by your PCP or Optometrist.

How can I book a consultation for eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?

For consultation and treatment with one of our eyelid surgery doctors, please request a consultation or call our office at 618.351.9140.

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