Aging is inevitable, but thankfully there are ways to slow down the process. The eyes represent one of the first things we focus on when interacting with another person. A surgical procedure for the area around the eyes could be the difference between a tired, angry, over-extended appearance of the eyes to one that looks vibrant, youthful and lively. Surgery for eyelid rejuvenation continues to grow in popularity. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty can effectively make a patient appear 5 to 10 years younger.
Blepharoplasty can remove excess skin, muscle and sometimes fat from the upper or lower eyelids. In some cases, you might need only skin removed — or you might need to address both the upper and lower eyelids. In the upper eyelids, the affected tissues are precisely removed and the patient is left with just a very fine line near imperceptible scar and an improved contour of the periorbital area. The lower eyelids can present additional problems with “bags”, excess skin, discoloration, and require important precision and care to support the lower eyelid while healing after surgery to prevent unwanted complications.
An upper eyelid blepharoplasty (sometimes called an eye lift) should not be confused with upper eyelid ptosis surgery, which is a procedure to raise the position of the upper eyelid margin by tightening the muscle and tendon that normally elevate it. Blepharoplasty surgery sometimes can elevate an upper eyelid margin slightly if the heaviness of the excessive skin actually is “weighing down” the upper eyelid, causing it to droop. Both issues may cause visual obstruction and require surgery to correct the problem. Many times, both issues are present and an individual needs to be evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss each unique patient situation.
Both blepharoplasty or eye lift are considered small procedures and are responsibly priced. Depending on the anesthesia required and whether upper, lower or combined is needed, price can range from $2900-$6100 . To learn more about the procedure and if you’re the right candidate visit our Eyelid Surgery page or schedule a free consultation with our Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. John McFate.
Precision Plastic Surgery is located in Westlake Hills and provides many resources for in and out of state patients and our on-site surgery suite is accredited through the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).