Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) in Raleigh, NC
Droopy eyelids are a sign of aging that can leave you looking tired and uninterested. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can improve the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids by tightening loose skin and removing excess fat around the eyes for a more youthful and alert appearance.
Specialists in Plastic Surgery is a cosmetic surgery practice in Raleigh, North Carolina, offering eyelid surgery as one of their top procedures.
Why Should I Choose Specialists in Plastic Surgery for Eyelid Surgery
Our Specialists in Plastic Surgery are known throughout North Carolina as leaders in cosmetic surgery. With over 75 years of combined experience, many of our Raleigh eyelid surgery patients are referred to us by other area doctors.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons are committed to providing the highest quality cosmetic surgeries, including blepharoplasty.
Is Eyelid Surgery Right for You?
Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery are healthy, do not smoke, and are motivated to rejuvenate their appearance.
Blepharoplasty can treat the following conditions:
- Bags under the eyes
- Drooping lower eyelids
- Loose or hooded upper-eyelid skin
- Obscured peripheral vision
- Puffiness around upper eyelids
- Crepe paper wrinkles around the lower eyelids
How Should I Prepare for Eyelid Surgery?
You will need to complete some basic lab testing before your surgery. You will also be instructed to stop taking any blood thinners, anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, and many supplements for a few days.
If you smoke, you’ll be required to stop for four weeks before and after your procedure, as smoking constricts the blood vessels, leads to blood clotting, and prolongs the healing process.
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you from the surgery as you will not be able to drive yourself home. This will all be discussed during your consultation.
What Are the Benefits of Blepharoplasty?
Upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty can help rejuvenate the eyes to make you look more:
These simple surgeries remove loose skin and fat from the eyelids and around the eyes to reveal a more refreshed and younger appearance.
How Is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
General or a local anesthetic with intravenous sedation is used for eyelid surgery to ensure comfort. The upper eyelid incision is made within the natural skin folds and extends from the interior corner to slightly beyond the outside corner of the lid. Excess fat and skin are removed through the incision, and the skin is closed with fine sutures.
Incisions in lower eyelid procedures are located just beneath the lower lash line or inside the eyelid itself. Fat and skin are removed, and a laser may be used to tighten and firm the skin beneath the eye.
Can Other Cosmetic Surgeries Be Combined With Eyelid Surgery?
If you have other cosmetic facial concerns, you might opt to add another surgery to your procedure. One of the following cosmetic surgeries can be performed in addition to your blepharoplasty.
After Your Eyelid Surgery
What Is Recovery Like for Blepharoplasty?
Following surgery, an ointment will be applied to your eyes, which may initially blur vision. Some swelling and bruising are likely, but the discomfort should be minimal. You will be instructed to keep your head elevated and apply cold compresses to the eyes for the first few days, during which time you may feel some tightness in the area. This discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter medication.
Stitches are removed after the first week, and your surgeon will check your bruising, which should have significantly subsided by then.
Some swelling may persist for one to three weeks, but normal activities may be resumed after a week if you feel up to it. Caution should be taken not to strain the eyes, and you shouldn’t do any heavy lifting.
Concealing makeup may be applied at this time if desired.
What Risks Are Associated With Eyelid Surgery?
During your consultation, you will discuss your complete medical history and the risks associated with eyelid surgery. Possible complications include:
- Changes in sensitivity
- Allergic reactions
When Will I See My Blepharoplasty Results?
You will be able to appreciate your full results about a month to six weeks following the procedure after the swelling subsides.
Have More Questions About Eyelid Surgery?
While you may feel some tightness and mild discomfort, you shouldn’t experience any significant pain, and over-the-counter medicines generally suffice.
The cost of blepharoplasty will depend on the condition of your eyelids, your concerns, goals, location, as well as the skill and experience of your surgeon. For an accurate price quote, an in-depth consultation is required.
We offer financing options to help make your dream blepharoplasty a reality.
If your vision is impaired due to loose, droopy eyelid skin, your eyelid surgery may be covered by insurance. However, as a cosmetic procedure, your insurance will not cover the cost of blepharoplasty.
Typically, there are no visible scars left from blepharoplasty because the incisions are made within the natural eyelid creases. When completely healed, the tiny scars will fade, leaving an incision line that is virtually unnoticeable.
Schedule Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation Today!
With over 75 years of combined experience in cosmetic surgery, our plastic surgeons are committed to delivering excellent results. If you want to learn more, please call our Raleigh blepharoplasty specialists to schedule a consultation or click the consultation button above. Contact us today at (919) 785-0505!