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Blepharoplasty at Specialists in Plastic Surgery
Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can improve the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids. By addressing loose skin and fat around the eyes, you can achieve a more youthful and energetic appearance.
If your vision is obscured, eyelid surgery can be performed for medical reasons and may be covered by your health insurance.
Who Should Get Eyelid Surgery?
Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery are healthy and motivated to rejuvenate their appearance.
Eyelid surgery can treat:
- Bags under the eyes
- Drooping lower eyelids
- Loose or excess skin hanging down from the upper eyelids
- Obscured vision
- Puffiness around upper eyelids
- Crepe paper wrinkles around the lower eyelids
The procedure provides smoother, more youthful skin contours around the eyes. Vision may also be improved, and your facial expressions look more vibrant.
What to Expect During Your Eyelid Surgery
General anesthetic or intravenous sedation are often used for eyelid surgery, to ensure comfort. The upper eyelid incision is made with the natural lines of the skin, and extends from the interior corner to slightly beyond the outside corner. Excess fat and skin are removed through the incision, and the skin is closed with fine sutures.
Lower eyelid procedures have incisions located either in the natural lines of the eyelid or within the inside of the eyelid itself. Incisions located within the eyelid do not produce any visible scarring, but may not be used to remove excess skin. Fat and skin are removed from within incisions, and a laser may be used to tighten and firm the skin beneath the eye. The incision is closed using very fine sutures for minimal scarring.
After Your Surgery
Following surgery, an ointment will be applied to the eyes, which may blur vision initially. Some swelling and bruising is likely, which will further puff the eyelids. Discomfort should be minimal. The first few days should be spent with the head elevated and cold compresses applied to the eyes. There may be a tight feeling around the eyes at first. This discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter medication.
Stitches are removed after the first week, and bruising should go down in that time, as well. Some swelling may persist for one to three weeks. Normal activities may be resumed in a week to ten days, though caution should be taken not to strain the eyes or do heavy lifting. Concealing makeup may be applied at this time if desired.
Understanding the Risks of Eyelid Surgery
During your consultation you will discuss your complete medical history, as well as the risks associated with eyelid surgery. Possible complications include bleeding, changes in sensitivity, infection, allergic reactions, scarring and asymmetry.
How Much Does Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Cost?
The price listed to have your Eyelid surgery in Raleigh, NC (Blepharoplasty) at our surgery center office is intended as a general guide to our actual pricing. Pricing varies depending if you need your upper lids, lower lids, or both performed. At your consultation, Peggy will provide you a detailed individual estimate based on your surgeon’s recommendations.
*Fees generally vary according to patient needs and complexity.
**These fees are averages only. They include the facility fee, anesthesia fee, and surgeon’s fee.
Schedule Your Plastic Surgery Consultation in Raleigh
Our plastic surgeons have over 75 years of combined experience in cosmetic plastic surgery. If you’re ready to learn more about eyelid surgery, please contact our office in Raleigh to schedule a consultation. Use the email form to send a question or call (919) 785-0505 to speak with our patient coordinator.