Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Your eyes can show your age like no other part of your face. Over time, men and women alike may find their upper eyelids have become hooded and baggy, while lower eyelid skin looks puffy and wrinkled.
Upper and lower eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is designed to help you eliminate these problems by getting rid of excess eyelid skin and repositioning tissues to restore a youthful, rested look to your eyes.
Dr. Will works with each of his Washington, DC area eyelid surgery patients to create a customized eyelid rejuvenation plan involving upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both.
Who is a good candidate for a blepharoplasty?
Lifestyle choices, such as smoking and sunbathing, certainly contribute to skin aging around the eyes, and many patients are genetically prone to develop eye bags and dark circles under their eyes. But no matter what causes your eyes to look tired and aged, eyelid surgery can help.
The best candidates for blepharoplasty include healthy, non-smoking men and women who have any combination of the following cosmetic concerns:
- Puffiness and eye bags
- Sagging upper eyelid skin
- Droopy lower eyelids
- Excess skin on the eyelids
- Upper eyelid hooding
- Eyelid wrinkles
Eyelid surgery can also help correct vision problems that occur because of aged eyelid tissues. Insurance may help cover the cost of eyelid surgery if this is the reason you seek the procedure. In general though, eyelid surgery is an elective cosmetic procedure not covered by insurance.
Be sure to visit your ophthalmologist prior to undergoing eyelid surgery, as it is important to confirm that you do not have any eye problems that could affect the success of your procedure.
What is the cost of eyelid surgery?
The approximate cost of blepharopalsty is $4,000 for the upper eyelids and about $3,500 for the lower eyelids. Because the operation varies, the cost of eyelid surgery at our Frederick County practice also varies. View information on our financing plans.
How is a blepharoplasty performed?
Upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty procedures are performed on an outpatient basis with sedation anesthesia or general anesthesia.
During eyelid surgery, Dr. Will removes and repositions fat deposits to correct puffiness and eye bags, and removes excess skin from the upper and/or lower eyelids to address hooding and wrinkles. If desired, slight aesthetic changes can be made to the eyelids as well, such as repositioning the upper eyelid crease or lifting the outer corners of the eyes.
At Will Surgical Arts in Maryland, patients may also choose to combine eyelid surgery with other procedures designed to address facial aging, such as facelift or brow lift surgery.
Eyelid surgery scars are virtually undetectable, as incisions are hidden in natural eyelid creases and on the inside of the lower eyelids. Dr. Will is a highly experienced Washington DC area eyelid surgeon and uses a variety of techniques to provide each patient with the best possible blepharoplasty results.
After Eyelid Surgery in Maryland
Normal daily activities can usually be resumed within two to three days following eyelid surgery, however most eyelid surgery patients choose to avoid work and social activities until most swelling and bruising has resolved (about one to two weeks after surgery).
Using cold compresses and avoiding blood thinning medications during the initial eyelid surgery recovery period will help to minimize swelling and bruising.
Rigorous activity should be avoided for at least two to three weeks, and after four to six weeks, you will begin to see your final eyelid surgery results. After eyelid surgery, you can expect fewer wrinkles around your eyes, tighter, smoother eyelid skin, and an overall refreshed, rejuvenated appearance.