Since the eyes are one of the most noticeable features, it’s often necessary to turn to surgery to refresh and restore them once they look aged and dull. At Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City, the cosmetic surgeons can perform eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty) to remove excessive fat and fullness around the upper and/or lower eyelids. In addition, Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin can lift sagging skin around the eye region so that eyes appear more alert, refreshed and overall younger-looking. Eyelid surgery can also address bags and wrinkles around the eyes for an overall improved look.
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"After years of wanting a blepharoplasty, I finally decided to take the plunge and went with Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates. After my initial consultation with Jessica, all of my worries and fears were put to rest. She was extremely knowledgeable and kind. I then had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Jensen, who performed my procedure. I was amazed at how professional and compassionate he was. I've never met a doctor quite like him! He never once made me felt like just a patient, but more like a friend instead. Dr. Jensen went above and beyond to address all of my concerns and make me feel completely comfortable. Along with being one of the kindest people I've ever met, he does amazing work! I couldn't imagine being happier with my results from the procedure. I truly received the best quality patient care and would highly recommend him and his staff."- A.C. / Google / Mar 07, 2015
The procedure may either be performed on the upper eyelid only or the lower lid, or both. There will be a difference in approaches when it comes to the upper and lower eyelids but the method is similar; removing any loose skin or tissue, and extracting or repositioning the fat deposit. There will also be separate incisions spots. It is important to understand that this will not help with other cosmetic issues such as crow’s feet, wrinkles or dark circles. The results of an eyelid surgery are fairly isolated within the upper and lower lid section only. There are other procedures that can be combined, for example the use of BOTOX®, to create a maximized outcome.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
The most common problem with the upper eyelid is excess skin that droops and hangs over the eyes. Not only does this look unappealing, but it can also obstruct vision for a patient. The doctor will create an incision along the natural fold of the eyelid and extract any excess fat and tissue to remove any bulges. Once done, excess skin will also be trimmed and the cut will be closed with fine sutures. There are cases when fat tissues are only repositioned instead of excised.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
There are two options for incisions when it comes to lower eyelid surgery. This treatment will improve any appearance of bulging and sagging below the eye. Incisions may be made just slightly below the lash line and excess fat, tissue or skin will be excised. If the skin has retained good elasticity, a transconjunctival incision may be a better option as the cut is made inside the lower eyelid, which effectively makes any resulting scar concealed. A lower lid lift does not necessarily improve the dark circles that may occur under the eyes. The surgeon may recommend combining a lower blepharoplasty with another procedure such as a chemical peel or an injectable filler.
Eyelid surgery is performed with general anesthesia. If the procedure involves both upper and lower eyelids, the plastic surgeon will typically manage the upper eyelid first. On average, it takes 1-2 hours to complete the operation. The patient will be sent home for recovery. For the first few days, there will be swelling and discoloration around the area. It is advised that the head is elevated for the first few days. Pain medications and antibiotics will be prescribed to manage the initial discomfort. Strenuous activities must also be restricted.
The average fee for this surgery is $4,300 if both the lower and upper eyelids are addressed. For patients who desire to only treat the upper or lower eyelids, the price is $2,200. In most cases, insurance will not cover cosmetic eyelid surgery.
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Eyelid Surgery FAQs
What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, or cosmetic eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that improves the upper and lower eyelids. The upper blepharoplasty is aimed at correcting the sagging skin that overhangs the upper lid. The surgery for the upper eyelids removes mostly skin and a small amount of fat from the inner corner of the eye. The result is a more open-eyed appearance and a absolute improvement in light entering the eye! Patients often report seeing traffic lights with ease and generally perceiving a broader visual field.
The lower blepharoplasty is aimed at correcting the” bags” and wrinkles that form underneath the eye. The surgery can be done from an incision underneath the eyelashes (subciliary approach) or through the clear tissue inside the lower eyelid (transconjunctival). Dr. Nuveen will inform you which the best approach is for you. The fat is then gently removed and a small amount of skin is the removed or tightened with the use of chemical peels or laser skin resurfacing. The result is a natural and refreshed look.
Eyelid surgery, whether upper or lower, generally does not cause visible scarring. This is because the surgeon takes great care to ensure that the incisions are made within the natural lines and folds of the eyes. Once the surgical healing has passed, the incisions will not be noticeable even to the naked eye.
Wrinkles and Crow's Feet?
Crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles are better treated with procedures such as a facelift, browlift or a cheek lift as the results of the eyelid surgery are confined to the eyelids only. Eyelid surgery can also be combined with a nonsurgical procedure such as BOTOX, which combats wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. An injectable filler can also be effective because it adds volume to hollow areas for a softer, smoother appearance.
Complications and irritations after surgery are rare. Patients must strictly adhere to care instructions prescribed by the surgeon to minimize any risks of infection as the eyes can be sensitive after surgery. Patients must always take precaution of protecting the eyes from the sun and wind during the first few weeks of recovery.
Blepharoplasty not only corrects a cosmetic issue, but a functional one as well. Many patients with excess hanging skin on their upper eyelid are able to regain normal vision after surgery. For many, simply applying makeup without maneuvering around the excess skin is refreshing in and of itself.
Are there any limitations?
Blepharoplasty refers to eyelid surgery. Many times, patient may have brows that have descended and are low. These patients may need a brow lift procedure to elevate the brows. Patients that may have puffy lower eyelids due to allergies will not achieve improvement with the blepharoplasty procedure.
Where are the incisions made?
The incision for the upper blepharoplasty is made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. This incision heals well. The lower blepharoplasty incision is made just under the eyelashes (subciliary) or inside the eye (transconjunctival).
Are there scars as a result?
The skin in the eyelids is the thinnest skin in the body. The incisions, when placed well, will heal well and be imperceptible.
Is it a painful procedure?
The blepharoplasty procedure is not painful. Patients typically complain of a burning sensation in the eyelids one hour after the procedure. The discomfort will generally last about 1 hour.
CAN I RESUME SEXUAL ACTIVITY?
You can resume your sexual activities as tolerated.
Bruising after blepharoplasty?
Some bruising is normal following any surgical procedure. Once again, ice is strongly recommended to reduce bruising. If you have excessive or very dark bruising, you should contact our office or your physician if outside of normal business hours.
When can I exercise?
You can increase your activity as tolerated but no heavy lifting or running for at least two weeks after surgery. Golden Rule: if it hurts, don’t do it. Allow your body time to heal.
Can I Use Ice?
Ice is STRONGLY recommended and is used to reduce swelling, bruising and pain. You can use frozen peas or crushed ice in a Ziploc bag. Apply ice pack to affected surgical area for 20 minutes then remove for 20 minutes…repeat. This should be done during the first 24-48 hours following surgery.*Be sure to place a rag/towel on skin then place the ice; do not place ice directly on your skin. *If the ice feels too uncomfortable, don’t use it as often.
Get rid of dark circles?
The most common reasons for dark circles under or around the eyes is thinning skin with age. The best alternative is for a Cosmetic Surgeon evaluation and to consider either serial or repeat chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing or microneedling to thicken skin over time.
Fat and loose skin around the eyes usually appears with age, but some young people are genetically prone to it, so there really is no set age when blepharoplasty is performed.