When you aren’t happy with the appearance of your eyelids, it can make you feel self-conscious about your overall facial appearance. Issues like loose eyelid skin, bags under the eyes, and droopy lower eyelids tend to make you look tired and older than you truly are. Plus, certain eyelid problems can even impact your vision. If you have eyelid issues that you’d like to correct, blepharoplasty may be the solution you need.

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a common surgical procedure used to correct various aesthetic eyelid issues. For example, blepharoplasty is often performed to remove or adjust skin, muscle, and/or fat from the eyelids. The surgery’s main function is to improve the appearance of the eyelids, but it can also help restore vision for many patients.

What Is the Cost of Eyelid Surgery?

The total cost of blepharoplasty can vary depending on the specifics of the procedure, but on average, it usually costs around $3,000 to $4,000. During your consultation with Dr. Cox, she will go over the specific cost breakdown for your surgery.

    What Are the Benefits of Blepharoplasty?

    Blepharoplasty can provide patients with some or all of the following benefits:

    • More attractive and youthful-looking eyelids
    • Reduced dark circles and/or bags under the eyes
    • Improved vision
    • Increased self-confidence
    • Corrected sagging eyelids
    • Long-lasting results
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    Who Is a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

    If you’re unsatisfied with the appearance of your eyelids, you could be a good candidate for blepharoplasty. To be an ideal candidate for the surgery, you should meet these requirements:

    • Have sagging skin causing your upper or lower eyelid to droop
    • Have puffiness in the upper eyelid
    • Have bags under the eyes
    • Be in generally good physical health
    • Have realistic expectations for the surgery
    • Have impaired vision due to excess skin or weak eyelid muscles
    • Be a non-smoker
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    What Is Upper Blepharoplasty?

    Upper blepharoplasty is a surgery performed on the upper eyelid to reduce signs of aging and/or correct vision. The procedure is often used to remove excess skin or fat from the upper eyelid to lift the eyelid and improve its appearance.

    What Is Lower Blepharoplasty?

    Lower blepharoplasty is a surgery performed on the lower eyelid to reduce dark circles, bags, and hollows directly under the eye. During the procedure, excess skin and/or fat is typically removed from the lower eyelid to achieve a more youthful appearance. In some cases, lower blepharoplasty can also be performed to correct drooping lower eyelids.

    How Do I Know If an Eyelid Lift Is for Me?

    Do you notice your eyelids drooping, or looking extra tired or puffy? Is your eyelid skin covering your eyelashes or impacting your peripheral vision? Are you experiencing discomfort? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, an eyelid lift may be the right procedure for you.

    Dr. Cox gives every patient a thorough consultation to evaluate whether they are a good candidate for upper blepharoplasty surgery and whether there may be other complementary procedures to achieve the most natural, beautiful, youthful results.

    There are some existing health concerns that may have contraindications and should be considered when deciding whether to undergo this surgery. These include, but are not limited to:

    • Diabetes
    • Thyroid disease
    • Severe dry eye
    • Smoking (may reduce the body’s ability to heal post-surgery)

    You will also want to let Dr. Cox know about any medications or herbal supplements that you take, because some may increase bleeding and affect your healing time.

    What Is Recovery Like After Blepharoplasty?

    After your surgery, Dr. Cox will give you detailed instructions for the healing process, and she may also prescribe you medications to apply or take orally. You will likely experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for a week or two after the procedure, and it will be important to rest frequently for the first few days. Most patients are able to resume their normal routine after approximately 10 to 14 days. You will also need to avoid strenuous exercise for at least two weeks and bending over for up to four weeks.

    Eyelid Surgery FAQ

    Will there be scars?

    What kind of anesthesia will be used?

    Does insurance cover blepharoplasty?

    Are the results of blepharoplasty permanent?

    Will there be scars?

    During your blepharoplasty procedure, Dr. Cox will make tiny, inconspicuous incisions and provide you with instructions to ensure that they heal properly. As a result, visible scarring should be virtually nonexistent in the long run.

    What kind of anesthesia will be used?

    For most blepharoplasty procedures, Dr. Cox will use a combination of local anesthesia and IV, oral, or general sedation.

    Does insurance cover blepharoplasty?

    Health insurance typically won’t assist with blepharoplasty costs when the surgery is performed purely for aesthetic reasons. However, the procedure may be deemed medically necessary if your vision is impaired, which could lead to your insurance assisting you.

    Are the results of blepharoplasty permanent?

    Blepharoplasty is designed to provide long-lasting results, and for many patients, the effects will last a lifetime. However, factors like the decreasing elasticity of your skin and other consequences of aging will continue to occur and may eventually impact the results.

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    Why Choose Dr. Kyle Cox for Blepharoplasty?

    When you select Dr. Kyle Cox for your blepharoplasty, you’ll be under the care of a skilled and compassionate professional. A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Cox specializes in cosmetic procedures relating to the eyes, eyebrows, and eyelids. She and her knowledgeable team will provide you with a comfortable atmosphere and handle your procedure with precision and attention to detail.

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