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Blepharoplasty Cost, Types, and Recovery (Eyelid surgery)

Procedure • By Biraj Patel

Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic procedure aimed at rejuvenating the appearance of the eyes by removing excess skin and fat from the eyelids. Let’s delve into the various aspects of blepharoplasty, including its different types, cost, recovery, pros and cons, and safety.

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that targets the upper and/or lower eyelids to address issues such as sagging skin, puffiness, and bags. It’s performed on individuals who desire a more youthful and refreshed appearance in the eye area.

Types of blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty

This procedure focuses on the upper eyelids, removing excess skin and fat. It is beneficial for individuals with drooping upper eyelids that may impair vision or create a tired look.

Lower blepharoplasty

Targeting the lower eyelids, this surgery reduces puffiness and under-eye bags caused by fat deposits and loose skin.

Blepharoplasty techniques

Blepharoplasty can be performed using different techniques, each tailored to the specific needs of the patient and the extent of the eyelid concerns. 

Traditional blepharoplasty (External approach)

This is the most common technique used for both upper and lower blepharoplasty. The surgeon makes incisions along the natural creases of the upper eyelids or just beneath the lower eyelashes. Through these incisions, excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed or repositioned to achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Transconjunctival blepharoplasty (Internal approach) 

This technique is primarily used for lower eyelid blepharoplasty. Instead of making external incisions, the surgeon creates incisions inside the lower eyelid (conjunctiva). This approach allows for the removal or repositioning of excess fat without any visible external scarring.

Transcutaneous blepharoplasty

This method combines aspects of both traditional and transconjunctival techniques. The blepharoplasty surgeon makes an external incision on the lower eyelid, similar to traditional blepharoplasty. However, in addition to addressing excess skin and muscle, they can also access and address the fat through the incision, similar to the transconjunctival approach.

Canthoplasty and canthopexy 

These are additional procedures that may be combined with blepharoplasty to address issues with the outer corner of the eyes (canthi). Canthoplasty involves reshaping and tightening the outer corner of the eyelids, while canthopexy involves repositioning and securing the canthi to provide additional support and stability.

Asian blepharoplasty (Double eyelid surgery) 

This technique is specific to Asian patients who desire a crease in the upper eyelid. It involves creating an upper eyelid crease to achieve a “double eyelid” appearance. This procedure is different from traditional blepharoplasty and focuses on changing eyelid aesthetics rather than removing excess skin or fat.

Blepharoplasty with laser or radiofrequency

Some surgeons may use laser or radiofrequency devices during blepharoplasty to assist with tissue cutting, coagulation, or skin tightening. These technologies can offer certain benefits, such as reduced bleeding and potential skin tightening effects, but the precise techniques may vary depending on the equipment used and the surgeon's preferences.

Blepharoplasty: What you need to know

Blepharoplasty cost

The cost of blepharoplasty can vary significantly depending on factors such as the surgeon's expertise, location, and the specific type of procedure (upper, lower, or both eyelids). On average, the cost can range from $2,000 to $7,000.

Safety of blepharoplasty

When performed by a board-certified and experienced facial plastic surgeon, blepharoplasty is generally safe. Like any surgery, it carries some inherent risks, but these can be minimized with proper pre-operative assessment and post-operative care.

Some potential risks of blepharoplasty include:

  • Swelling and bruising during the recovery period
  • Temporary dryness or irritation in the eyes
  • Scarring, although it generally fades with time and is often concealed within the natural creases of the eyelids

Best age to have blepharoplasty

The ideal age for blepharoplasty varies from person to person. In general, candidates are usually in their 30s or older, when aging signs like sagging skin and under-eye bags become more pronounced. However, there is no strict age limit, as suitability for the procedure depends on an individual's unique circumstances.

Is blepharoplasty painful?

During the procedure, local anesthesia or sedation is used to ensure the patient's comfort. Post-surgery, some discomfort, swelling, and bruising are expected, but these symptoms are typically manageable with pain medications prescribed by the surgeon.

How long does blepharoplasty last?

The results of blepharoplasty are long-lasting and can generally be enjoyed for many years. While the procedure cannot halt the natural aging process, it can significantly rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes and is considered a permanent improvement.

Can eye bags come back after blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty can effectively remove under-eye bags and puffiness. However, the natural aging process continues, and new bags may develop over time. Proper skincare and a healthy lifestyle can help prolong the results.

Will blepharoplasty change your face?

Blepharoplasty primarily targets the eyelids and the areas surrounding the eyes, so the change is limited to that region. The procedure can provide a more youthful and alert appearance without drastically altering the overall facial features.

Preparing for blepharoplasty

Before undergoing blepharoplasty, patients should consult with a qualified facial plastic surgeon for a thorough evaluation and to discuss their goals and expectations. Disclose your medical history and any existing health conditions or medications to the surgeon.

Follow any pre-operative instructions provided, such as abstaining from certain medications or supplements that could increase bleeding risk.

How blepharoplasty is performed

Blepharoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The blepharoplasty surgeon will make incisions along the natural creases of the eyelids, through which excess skin and fat are removed or repositioned. After the procedure, the incisions are carefully closed with sutures.

Blepharoplasty recovery

The recovery period for blepharoplasty is usually around 1 to 2 weeks. During this time, patients may experience swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort, which can be managed with cold compresses and prescribed pain medications. 

It's essential to follow the surgeon's post-operative instructions carefully, which may include using eye drops and avoiding strenuous activities.

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Blepharoplasty is a popular and effective cosmetic procedure for rejuvenating the eye area and achieving a more youthful appearance. With careful consideration, a skilled surgeon, and proper aftercare, patients can enjoy long-lasting and natural-looking results from this transformative surgery. Always consult with a qualified facial plastic surgeon to determine if blepharoplasty is right for you.

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