Eyelid Surgery: Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, is used by patients who want to rid themselves of drooping or sagging eyelids. Like other parts of the body, eyelids tend to loosen with age. Muscles will weaken and your eyelids may begin to droop. Eyelid surgery can be used to correct this.


Candidates for Eyelid Surgery

You may receive this surgery if you are:

  • Generally 35 years of age or older
  • Physically healthy
  • In good mental and psychological condition
  • Experiencing drooping eyelids, which run in the family. If this is the case, you may be able to receive this surgery at a younger age.
  • Realistic in your expectations about the surgery


How the Procedure Works

When you receive eyelid surgery, your facial plastic surgeon will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area. The entire surgical process is usually completed within one to three hours. Like any surgery, expect to have some side effects. It is not uncommon for patients to have blurry or double vision for a few days. Also, your eyes may feel tight after surgery. The facial plastic surgeon will put ointment and a bandage over your eyes while they heal. You should have your stitches removed in two to seven days depending upon how quickly you heal.

It is important that you follow pre-op and post-op instructions as closely as possible when undergoing this procedure, or any facial plastic procedure, for that matter. To learn more about eyelid surgery, contact Gulf Coast Facial Plastics in Panama City.



What is blepharoplasty recovery like?

Recovery from blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, varies for each individual but generally involves a period of rest and following post-operative instructions closely. In the first few days after surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with cold compresses and medication prescribed by your surgeon. Most patients can return to their normal activities within 10-14 days. However, it’s crucial to avoid strenuous activities and direct sunlight exposure to the eyes for a few weeks. Following your surgeon’s advice during your blepharoplasty recovery can lead to a smoother healing process and more satisfying results.

How much does eyelid surgery cost?

The cost of eyelid surgery can vary widely depending on the scope of the procedure, the surgeon’s experience, and the geographic location of the practice. Generally, costs can range from $3,000 to $8,000. It’s important to consider that this estimate may not include additional fees such as anesthesia, operating room facilities, or other related expenses. We recommend scheduling a consultation for a more accurate estimate tailored to your specific needs and desired outcomes.

How long does it take to recover from eyelid surgery?

Most patients can expect to recover from eyelid surgery within 10-14 days, though some swelling and bruising may persist for a few weeks longer. It’s important to follow all post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon to ensure a smooth recovery. Patients typically feel ready to return to work and other daily activities after about two weeks, but should avoid strenuous activities for at least four weeks post-surgery.

Is blepharoplasty covered by insurance?

Blepharoplasty is often considered a cosmetic procedure, which means it’s not typically covered by insurance. However, if your eyelid surgery is deemed medically necessary — for example, if heavy eyelids are impairing your vision — your insurance may cover a portion or all of the procedure. We recommend contacting your insurance provider for detailed information about your coverage.

Are blepharoplasty scars noticeable?

Scars from blepharoplasty are usually well-concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid region. In upper eyelid surgery, the incision is made in the natural crease of the eyelid, making the scar virtually unnoticeable once healed. For lower lid blepharoplasty, incisions are typically made just below the lash line or inside the eyelid, minimizing visible scarring. Following your surgeon’s care instructions can help ensure that scars heal properly and remain as discreet as possible.

Are there any non-surgical blepharoplasty options?

Yes, there are non-surgical options for those seeking to improve the appearance of their eyelids without surgery. Treatments such as laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and injectable fillers can be used to tighten skin, reduce wrinkles, and provide a more youthful appearance around the eyes. While these options can offer noticeable improvements, the results are usually less dramatic and not as long-lasting as surgical blepharoplasty.

How long does eyelid surgery last?

The results of eyelid surgery can be long-lasting, with many patients enjoying the benefits for 10 years or more. However, it’s important to note that while blepharoplasty can provide lasting results, it does not halt the aging process. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and skin care regimen can help prolong the effects of the surgery. Touch-up treatments can also be considered to address any future changes.

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