Even if you feel vibrant and energized in your spirit, dark circles, bags, stretched skin, or asymmetry under the eyes can create an appearance that does not reflect the youthfulness within. This can have a significant impact on how one moves about the world. Lower blepharoplasty, a surgical treatment for the lower eyelids, rejuvenates the face by addressing any puffiness or hollowness that can detract from an appearance of youthfulness. If you have been feeling self-conscious about your eyes and are seeking a transformation, find out more about a Boulder lower blepharoplasty by Dr. Kyle Cox who specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and eyebrows in Boulder, CO. 

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What Is Lower Blepharoplasty?

Although many under-eye conditions can be exacerbated by stress or aging, they can also appear as a result of genetics. Using a hidden incision, lower blepharoplasty works to tighten or remove the skin, reposition or extract excess fat, and adjust soft tissues in order to create a smooth, natural, and youthful look. Lower blepharoplasty targets the following conditions that may affect the area below the eyes:

  • Dark circles or hollowness
  • Bags or pockets of fat under the eyes
  • Loss of elasticity — stretched or thin skin
  • Wrinkles and lines
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Why Choose Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Have you ever avoided social situations due to self-consciousness about the appearance of your lower eyelids?

The benefit of having lower blepharoplasty surgery in Boulder would be to feel more self-acceptance and to look in the mirror finally and like what you see again.

Some of the many benefits include:

  • A youthful, refreshed aesthetic
  • No more dark circles or bags under the eyes
  • Smooth and even quality to the skin
  • Appearing more rested
  • Feeling more confident
  • Longer-lasting results
  • Enhanced outlook on life

How Do I Know If I Am a Good Candidate?

This procedure is recommended for patients in good health who have bags or dark circles under their eyes in addition to wrinkled, loose skin on the lower eyelids. It is important that clients refrain from smoking before and after surgery for optimal healing and results. Additionally, an ideal candidate is free from any sort of infection or injury around the eyes. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Cox today for lower blepharoplasty in Boulder, and she will create a plan that suits your aesthetic goals.

Do I Need Upper or Lower Blepharoplasty?

Lower Blepharoplasty

  • Candidates: Choose lower blepharoplasty if you have concerns about under-eye bags, puffiness, or wrinkles in the lower eyelids. This procedure is ideal for addressing cosmetic issues in the lower eyelid area.
  • Goals: Lower blepharoplasty focuses on enhancing the appearance of the lower eyelids, reducing puffiness, smoothing wrinkles, and achieving a more youthful and refreshed look.

Upper Blepharoplasty

  • Candidates: Consider upper blepharoplasty if you have excess skin or fat deposits in the upper eyelids, causing a heavy or hooded appearance. You may also experience impaired vision due to the sagging upper eyelid skin.
  • Goals: Upper blepharoplasty aims to rejuvenate the upper eyelids by removing excess skin and fat and improving the overall aesthetic and functionality of the eyes.

Combination Blepharoplasty

In some cases, individuals may benefit from upper and lower blepharoplasty to simultaneously address multiple concerns. A comprehensive assessment by a qualified surgeon can determine if this is the best approach for you.

Get a Consultation

Ultimately, the best way to determine whether you need upper or lower blepharoplasty is to schedule a consultation with an experienced oculoplastic surgeon, such as Dr. Kyle Cox. During the consultation, Dr. Cox and her team will assess your eyelid anatomy, discuss your goals, and recommend a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

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Lower Blepharoplasty Before & After

Exploring before-and-after photos of lower blepharoplasty can provide valuable insights into the transformative effects of this cosmetic procedure.

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What Happens During the Procedure?

Lower eyelid surgery can be combined with a variety of other surgical or non-surgical procedures for the most natural-looking results, so each treatment plan is tailored to the specific desires of the patient.

You can typically expect the surgery to take 1-2 hours, and you can entrust Dr. Cox to keep you comfortable and safe as you undergo a combination of local anesthesia with oral, IV, or general sedation.

The incision is hidden on the inside of the lower eyelid, and the fat and tissue are sculpted through this tiny opening in order to avoid any noticeable scarring. Occasionally, a small pinch of skin is removed just below the lash line as well.

What Is the Recovery Timeline?

Weeks 1 to 2 – This period is important to the healing process, and Dr. Cox recommends that you stay home to rest and recover. During this time, you will experience some bruising, swelling, and tenderness that may cause discomfort, but it will fade gradually.

Dr. Cox will arrange follow-up appointments to check on the progress of your recovery. While each patient’s healing timeline can vary, you will be able to see the final results once your body fully recovers. Recovery time differs based on systemic health, genetics, avoiding smoking, and following your post-surgery instructions.

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What are the risks?

Will it be painful?

Is the procedure covered by insurance?

What are the risks?

There are risks with undergoing any surgical procedure, but some of the risks specific to lower eyelid surgery, although very rare, are:

  • Dryness or irritation of the eyes
  • Infection
  • Problems with closing the eyes
  • Visible scarring
  • Effects on vision
  • Discoloration of the skin

Dr. Cox evades these rare risks with a meticulous planning process before the surgery and specialty training that makes her an eyelid expert in this area of plastic surgery. Because she employs a precise, artistic approach, you can trust that she will provide exceptional care and exemplary results.

Will it be painful?

Lower eyelid surgery may cause some tenderness, likened to if you had a scrape or a cut. There may be a slight discomfort, but it is not excruciating or distracting pain. Like the swelling and bruising, the tenderness tends to peak in the first 72 hours and can be mitigated with Tylenol quite effectively.

Is the procedure covered by insurance?

Typically, elective cosmetic surgeries are not covered by medical insurance. In cases where lower eyelid surgery is deemed medically necessary, the procedure is considered functional and may be covered. For instance, this would involve treating any issues where the eyelid skin impairs vision or in other ways impacts daily life. The best way to learn more about what is and is not covered by your medical insurance provider would be to talk to the provider directly regarding their policy on this particular procedure.

Schedule Your Consultation

Are your eyes looking tired? Do you find yourself overly reliant on makeup? Are you overwhelmed by internet solutions that have not been working? It may be time to schedule a consultation to find out if lower eyelid surgery is right for you. Dr. Cox is happy to book you for a consultation for lower blepharoplasty, so she can examine your face and educate you about the recommended next steps to achieve your beauty goals.

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