Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is one of the exceptional cosmetic facial procedures that can dramatically improve the appearance of the entire face. The procedure involves removing excess skin, muscle, and fat from the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both for a younger, brighter, and more alert appearance. When determining whether one is a candidate for blepharoplasty, it is important to be aware that excess upper eyelid skin can be influenced by the position of the eyebrow. This is something that our skilled plastic surgeon—Richard Zeff, MD—will explain during consultation.
- What Is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
- Types of Eyelid Surgery
- Eyelid Surgery Procedure
- Eyelid Surgery Recovery
- Eyelid Surgery Results
- Eyelid Surgery Cost
What Is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
Eyelid surgery, which is also called a blepharoplasty, is a facial plastic surgery procedure designed to rejuvenate and enhance the appearance of the upper and/or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty can include the removal of excess skin and fat around the eyes, as well as the tightening of musculature, to correct droopy eyelids, puffiness, and under-eye bags. The goal of this procedure is to create smoother, more youthful-looking eyes that reflect a naturally refreshed and energized appearance. Dr. Zeff’s experience and skill performing eyelid surgery allow him to consistently create results that look balanced and not overly “done”.
What Types of Eyelid Surgery Are Performed?
There are a few different types of eyelid surgery that are suitable for addressing a variety of cosmetic concerns caused by aging and/or genetics. Included below are explanations of each type of blepharoplasty Dr. Zeff performs:
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper blepharoplasty is generally indicated to address excess skin, puffiness, or heaviness in the upper eyelids. By removing extra skin and fat deposits from the upper eyelid area, Dr. Zeff can restore smooth, youthful definition to the eyelid crease, reduce the appearance of tired eyes, and reduce vision obstructions caused by drooping skin. Lax musculature can also be tightened to further support the eyelids. For some patients, brow and forehead laxity may contribute to drooping upper lids, indicating that a brow lift may provide additional rejuvenation in combination with upper blepharoplasty.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower blepharoplasty is designed to correct the appearance of the under-eye area. Drooping lower eyelids, excess skin, puffy under-eye bags, and/or hollows can all be addressed with lower eyelid surgery techniques. During customized lower blepharoplasty, Dr. Zeff can remove excess drooping skin, remove unwanted fat volume, and lift lower lid positioning by tightening ligaments that support the lower eyelids. The goal of lower eyelid surgery is to lift, smooth, and rejuvenate the under-eye area for a more youthful and refreshed appearance. For patients with advanced aging in the under-eye and midface region, lower blepharoplasty may be combined with a mid-facelift, dermal fillers, and/or facial fat grafting techniques to enhance the quality of the final outcome.
During your consultation with Dr. Zeff, he will perform a full evaluation of your eyes and face to determine the best approach for rejuvenating your appearance and achieving the outcome you desire. For optimal results, each eyelid surgery procedure is highly customized to suit the unique needs and goals of each patient.
What Happens During the Eyelid Surgery Procedure?
Depending on the specific needs and goals of the patient, blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or both. Upper eyelid surgery involves removing skin and fat from the upper eyelids. Incisions are made in the natural creases of the eyelids to hide the scarring. Lower eyelid surgery involves removal of excess fat, which often present as bags and dark circles beneath the eyes, exaggerating a tired appearance. Sometimes only fat needs to be removed, in which case no skin incisions are necessary. When excess skin needs to be removed, incisions are made just beneath the lash line and are closed with fine sutures to minimize scarring. For finer wrinkling without too much excess skin, laser resurfacing can sometimes be an alternative to incisions.
What Can I Expect During Eyelid Surgery Recovery?
Following eyelid surgery, temporary swelling, bruising, and soreness should be expected. Typically, these effects take a few days to a week to fade, depending on the details of your procedure and your unique rate of healing. The majority of patients opt to take about a week off from work to relax and recover. Dr. Zeff recommends taking it easy and abstaining from exercise for at least three weeks after surgery. To promote optimal healing, patients should closely adhere to all post-operative care instructions and attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with Dr. Zeff.
What Do Eyelid Surgery Results Look Like?
We invite you to explore Dr. Zeff’s eyelid surgery gallery, featuring before-and-after photos of his patients. More photos can be made available for viewing during your consultation appointment.
“I love the way I look!!! I have gotten so many compliments! I honestly love the way I feel about my new look! Thank you.”
Nancy – Barrington, NH
Before & After
How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?
The average price ranges for eyelid surgery performed by Dr. Zeff are as follows:
- Upper Eyelids: $2800 to $3800
- Lower Eyelids: $3800 to $4200
- Upper & Lower Eyelids: $6000 to $6800
To get a more exact estimate for the cost of your eyelid surgery procedure, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Zeff. During this appointment, Dr. Zeff can develop a customized surgical plan and a cost quote can be calculated based on the details of the proposed procedure. If additional procedures or treatments are recommended, they can also be added into the estimate. After your appointment, our knowledgeable office team can answer any questions you may have about pricing, financing options, payment methods, insurance coverage, and scheduling your procedure.
Contact Our Office
To learn whether you are an eyelid surgery candidate, contact our practice today to schedule a private blepharoplasty consultation.