The appearance of your eyelids can have a profound effect on your entire face. The contour and elasticity of your eyelids can affect whether you look tired or awake, grumpy or approachable, old or young. Unfortunately, your eyelids are dramatically affected by the aging process.
Eyelid surgery (also called "blepharoplasty") restores youthful eyelids by removing the extra, sagging skin and repositioning internal tissues. To learn more during a complimentary consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Bogue, please call (561) 886-1002.
The Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Eyelid surgery addresses the following issues:
- Puffy, bulging eyelid skin
- Excess, hanging upper eyelid skin
- Bags and puffiness below your lower eyelids
- Tired, aged appearance because of your eyelids
- Vision obstruction caused by sagging or bulging upper eyelids
The surgical steps necessary to improve the appearance of eyelids is very unique to the individual. Dr. Bogue tailors blepharoplasty to your eyelids. For example, the surgery may involve removing the skin, tightening of deep tissue layers, removing fat, or a combination of these techniques. A youthful rejuvenation may require addressing other areas of aging such as the face and neck. For this reason you may ultimately elect to combine your eyelid surgery with a facelift or necklift.
During the procedure, upper eyelids usually require a straightforward removal of skin. Lower eyelids are more complex, often requiring a combination of techniques to improve their appearance. The anesthesia necessary for an eyelid lift procedure depends on this complexity. Skin-only excisions may be performed under local anesthesia in select patients. More commonly, blepharoplasties are done under a general anesthetic as an outpatient surgery, which means you will be able to go home the same day as your surgery.
Cost of Eyelid Surgery
An eyelid lift surgery is almost always a cosmetic operation. The rare exception is when the upper eyelids are causing documented visual obstruction. Pricing starts at $1,500 for simple upper lid skin excision under local anesthesia. A comprehensive quote is provided when you meet with Dr. Bogue outlining surgical fees, anesthesia fees, hospital fees and garments. CareCredit financing is available to those who qualify.
Questions about Eyelid Lift Surgery
Q: How long does an eyelid lift last?
A: Most patients only have one blepharoplasty in a lifetime. The results are long-lasting and patients have a high satisfaction rate with the procedure.
Q: Does a blepharoplasty make your eyes look hollow?
A: Hollowing after blepharoplasty can occur if too much fat is removed. It was not uncommon to remove fat from everyone years ago. Today, the value of the fat around the eye is recognized and only conservative fat excision is performed if necessary. The goals of any cosmetic facial procedure is to maintain a natural appearance, not a surgical look.
Q: Will my insurance cover blepharoplasty?
A: In certain cases of visual obstruction, health insurance may cover eyelid surgery on the upper lid. Documentation of visual obstruction must be obtained from an eye doctor and even with this documentation, coverage is never guaranteed.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Bogue, please call (561) 886-1002. Dr. Bogue's plastic surgery practice is located in Boca Raton, Florida, and he is proud to serve people from across the state, including the areas of West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.