Eyelid lift, clinically known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to rejuvenate the appearance of saggy, tired looking eyes. Eyelid lift may be performed on lower or upper eyelids or both, and in some cases, surgical correction of ptosis may also be included. Brow lift or other facial procedures may also be combined with eyelid lift in some cases.
Eyes are the most sensitive external organ of the body. Therefore, any surgery involving the eye area should only be performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Bram Kaufman is a leading plastic surgeon providing eyelid lift and other procedures to patients in Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding communities.
Who should Receive Eyelid Lift?
Cosmetic eyelid lift procedure may be recommended to adults who are unhappy with the appearance of under eye bags, dark circles below the eyes, or puffiness in the upper eyelids. Most candidates who seek eyelid lift cosmetic surgery are usually above the age of 30. However, in some cases, the procedure can be performed on younger people if they have a hereditary condition of droopy eyelids running in the family.
Types of Surgery
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower blepharoplasty may be performed on patients who have the presence of conspicuous fat pockets below the lower eyelids. The procedure is designed to remove the excess fat tissue, or redistribute excess fat in the depressions existing below the eyes, which give sunken look to the face. Excess skin will also be removed in this procedure to create a younger looking appearance of the skin above the cheek.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper blepharoplasty is a more common surgery, which will involve reduction of loose skin and excess fat tissue that make the upper lids appear inflated and droopy. When the excess skin is removed in this procedure, it will also correct the problem of vision obstruction for many patients. The plastic surgeon may also tighten or reposition the underlying loose muscles in a few cases.
Patients having relatively less pronounced appearance of under eye bags may benefit from this procedure. The technique is designed to remove excess fat, but does not involve any removal of skin. Tiny incisions are placed inside the lower eyelid, which makes the scars invisible on the outside. Dr. Kaufman receives patients from Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and nearby locations for this procedure.
The Surgery and Your Checking Account
The average dollar amount of eyelid lift surgery in the US in 2014 was $2,874, as per the data compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). However, the ASPS pointed out that this figure did not consider the costs of anesthesia, surgical room costs, and related expenses. Considering all cost components, the overall monetary amount of blepharoplasty may range between $4,000 and $7,000.
Most patients will be able to return to their regular routine or go to work in about a week to 10 days. Mild discomfort and irritation in the incision area may occur in the first week, which can be addressed with pain medications. Scarring will fade gradually, and will be inconspicuous over time.