Gain A More Youthful Look with an Eyelid Lift
This eyelid surgery procedure is ideal for patients who have excessive sagging or wrinkled upper or lower eyelid skin, and those whose excess upper eyelid skin may interfere with vision. If you have lost your natural upper eyelid crease or have puffy pouches of fat in the upper or lower lids that create a tired or aged appearance, a blepharoplasty procedure can help.
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Blepharoplasty, also known as the eyelid lift, is a surgical procedure designed to enhance the appearance and function of the eyelids. Blepharoplasty removes or repositions tissue from the eyelids to restore normal eyelid creases, contours, and folds while allowing easy eyelid closure. A natural, rested appearance is the ultimate goal. This procedure can easily be combined with other facial surgery procedures like the facelift or brow lift.
Many patients in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale, AZ area benefit from blepharoplasty, including those who have naturally-hooded eyes that are not the result of aging. It’s important for Dr. Angelchik to determine whether you would benefit most from a brow lift rather than eyelid surgery, since sagging brow skin can cause hooded and sagging eyelids, too. As with any plastic surgery procedure, candidates should be in good health and stop smoking for at least a few months in advance of the procedure. You should also have realistic expectations about what blepharoplasty can achieve, so that your goals are in-line with a safe procedure.
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There are two types of blepharoplasty that can be performed separately or within the same surgical procedure. These include:
This procedure addresses the upper eyelids using incisions within the natural crease of the eye. Through these incisions, excess fat and tissue can be removed and a new, flattering crease is created by removing drooping skin.
This procedure addresses the lower eyelids and bags below the eyes using incisions inside the lower eyelid. Pads of fat can be rearranged, if needed, and loose skin can be tightened and lifted. If you’re looking to address tear troughs, you should be sure to discuss your options with Dr. Angelchik, as a lower blepharoplasty can’t always correct them.
In some cases, a blepharoplasty procedure can be performed on its own using local anesthesia because it’s less invasive than other facial procedures. Dr. Angelchik will be sure to discuss your options during a consultation so that you know what to expect. Once anesthesia is administered and you’re comfortable, the appropriate incisions are created in order to reshape and rejuvenate the eyes. Once the new contours are created, the incisions are closed with absorbable sutures and bandages are placed. Most patients return home after the procedure is complete.
Although the procedure can seem quick and easy, blepharoplasty recovery can be uncomfortable for some patients. It’s important to avoid touching or itching the eyes, and you should use eyedrops as often as needed to keep your eyes moist and comfortable. Dr. Angelchik can recommend over-the-counter eyedrops to help mitigate discomfort, as well as prescribe medicated ones to ensure your eyes stay healthy and free of complication. Some patients experience photosensitivity during recovery, so you should have dark sunglasses on-hand to wear. Most patients feel comfortable returning to public within one or two weeks, although bruising can last longer than this timeframe. It’s important to refrain from using cosmetics during your recovery or until Dr. Angelchik indicates otherwise.
The eyes are very important to making a good first impression, so be sure to speak with Dr. Angelchik about your options for eyelid surgery to rejuvenate and reshape your eyes in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale, AZ area. To schedule a consultation at our Glendale office, call or fill out our online form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Botox lift droopy eyelids?
Yes, Botox can be an effective treatment for lifting heavy upper eyelids and sagging eyebrows.
Can droopy eyelids cause blurred vision?
Drooping eyelids may partially or fully cover your pupil, which can result in blurry vision or double vision.
Can I sleep on my side after eyelid surgery?
It is important that you sleep on your back during the first few nights after eyelid surgery for the best results. However, if you accidentally roll onto your side, negative side effects are rare.
Can you get rid of hooded eyelids?
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is an effective procedure to remove excess skin on the eyelid. It is a great solution to hooded eyelids.
How do you reduce bruising after eyelid surgery?
Cold compresses can be applied to the eyelids for short periods of time to reduce swelling. It is also important that you sleep on your back with your head elevated, avoid sun and wind exposure, and do not exercise until your doctor says you can.
Does eyelid surgery leave scars?
The incisions created during eyelid surgery are often placed in the natural curves of the eyelid. Scars will fade from red to pink, and in most cases, they are virtually invisible after full healing.
Can you go blind from blepharoplasty?
Blindness following blepharoplasty is an extremely rare occurrence. When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Angelchik.
How can I reduce eyelids?
Eyelid surgery is a great solution to droopy eyelids. This procedure eliminates excess skin and fat for a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
How long after blepharoplasty do you see results?
Some patients may be able to return to work about 1-2 weeks after surgery. However, final results should be seen after 4-6 weeks.
How long are eyes blurry after blepharoplasty?
For most patients, blurry vision can resolve anywhere from 5 days to 3 weeks after surgery.
How long does eyelid surgery take?
Eyelid surgery can take anywhere from 1-3 hours, depending on the amount of change desired.
How much is an eyelid surgery?
The average cost of eyelid surgery is about $4,120. However, this price may vary depending on location and your individual surgeon.
Is drooping eyelid surgery covered by insurance?
If your sagging eyelids are severe enough that they are causing a significant obstruction in your vision and are impacting your daily activities, insurance may cover your procedure.
Is eyelid surgery painful?
As with any surgical procedure, you may experience some discomfort following eyelid surgery. However, recovery is generally quick and pain should be minimal.
Is eyelid surgery safe?
Eyelid surgery is generally considered to be safe, especially when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Angelchik.
How long does droopy eyelid surgery last?
Surgery length may differ depending on the amount of correction needed. However, most procedures last 1-3 hours.
How do you fix droopy eyelids?
Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is an effective solution to droopy eyelids. During this procedure, excess skin and fat are removed and muscles tightened to create a more youthful-looking you.
Why are my eyelids hooded?
Hooded eyelids may be caused by a combination of age-related changes to the eyelids. A weakened levator muscle can also cause the eyelid to slowly droop.
How long does upper eyelid surgery take?
The procedure usually takes 1-3 hours to complete.
How long does it take for lower blepharoplasty scars to heal?
Incisions from eyelid surgery can take anywhere from six weeks to one year to fully heal.
How long does it take to heal from upper eyelid surgery?
In general, final results should be seen after 4-6 weeks. However, some patients may be able to return to work after only 1-2 weeks, depending on the nature of their jobs.
How long does plasma skin tightening last?
Results from plasma skin tightening generally last about three years.
Is plasma skin tightening painful?
Plasma skin tightening may cause some minimal discomfort. Swelling and inflammation should resolve after 1-5 days.
What are the risks of eyelid surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, eyelids surgery is associated with some risks. These may include infection and bleeding, dry, irritated eyes, noticeable scarring, skin discoloration, temporary blurred vision, and more. However, when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Angelchik these risks are rare.
What can I expect after eyelid surgery?
After eyelid surgery, you may experience watery eyes, blurry vision, light sensitivity, and swelling. Ice packs can be used to reduce swelling. Dr. Angelchik will provide you with specific instructions regarding aftercare for the best results.
How is eyelid surgery performed?
During upper eyelid surgery, incisions will be cared either in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. During lower eyelid surgery, an incision can be created below the lower lash line or inside of the lower eyelid. Through these incisions, excess skin is removed and fat is repositioned or removed.
How is upper eyelid surgery done?
To perform upper eyelid surgery, an incision is created in the natural crease of the eyelid. Through this incision, fat is removed or repositioned, excess skin is removed, and muscles are tightened.
Dr. Paul Angelchik is a Phoenix plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Angelchik is well-trained and experienced in all forms of plastic surgery, namely breast enhancement and facial rejuvenation. He has been serving patients for over 20 years. Dr. Angelchik brings his surgical experience, expertise, and quality care to patients in and around Phoenix, Arizona.