If your upper eyelids sag or you have puffy bags under your lower eyelids, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can provide more rested, rejuvenated, brighter eyes for an overall younger looking face. Your eyes may even look refreshingly larger after the procedure. Some patients have only upper eyelid surgery or lower eyelid surgery, while most have both at the same time.
Upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty are among the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed today on both men and women. Most people who have eyelid surgery are aged 35 or older, but you can have the surgery at any age if you have inherited drooping eyelids or bags under your eyes.
Our surgeons have many years of experience providing successful eyelid lifts for our patients. For blepharoplasty, we make sure to evaluate the muscles of your eyelids and make sure that the area is not made too tight after surgery. We take care to preserve the shape of your eyes, and we are dedicated to a natural result that will not be easily detectable.
Sometimes, eyelid plastic surgery is a medical necessity, such as when a drooping upper eyelid impairs vision, your insurance plan may cover it. If you believe your vision is impaired by drooping upper eyelids, be sure to see your ophthalmologist first to obtain a visual field test. If the lower eyelids are sagging, ask your ophthalmologist if you have ectropion or entropion. The evaluation from your eye doctor (not just the plastic surgeon) will help determine whether your insurance carrier would consider your eyelid surgery is medically necessary.
While an eyelid lift can reduce some lines around the eyes, it does not lift the eyebrows or correct forehead creases. For those conditions, a brow lift, also called a forehead lift, is necessary. For the lower part of the face, a face lift and neck lift are necessary to tighten the area and reduce lines and wrinkles. These procedures can often be performed concurrently with eyelid surgery for a full facial rejuvenation.
Other procedures done during a full facial rejuvenation include a chin implant, fat injections, Botox, dermal fillers, or skin resurfacing. It is less costly to combine procedures with your eyelid surgery, and they can often be done concurrently so that you have only one episode of anesthesia and one recovery period.