Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) As we age, the muscles around our eyes tend to weaken and our skin begins to sag.  Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery (as it is commonly referred to) corrects droopy, puffy, or wrinkled upper and/or lower eyelids by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle. The remaining skin is smoothed to create a more rested and youthful appearance.

If you're considering blepharoplasty surgery, one of the first things a plastic surgeon will determine at your consultation is if both your upper and lower lids need to be treated, or one or the other.  As you can imagine, the cost of blepharoplasty surgery will vary depending on the extent of your surgery, so the average price range we offer takes into account one or both lids, with the upper bound pricing implying both. 

Sometimes, to achieve the desired results the surgeon will only have to work on your upper lids; however, with more extensive cases, he or she may need to improve the look of both lids to have them appear symmetrical and balanced.  In older patients, eyelid surgery often becomes a necessity as excess skin can block their field of vision.  In such cases, insurance may apply and you would need to check with your insurance provider to learn if you're covered.  Your plastic surgeon can often help you submit your claim, deeming the procedure as medically necessary.  

Typical Minimum Cost of Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) (based on national averages):
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Typical Maximum Cost of Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) (based on national averages):
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National Average Cost of Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty):
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Time Required for Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty):
Eyelid surgery time can last for about 1 to 3 hours, depending on if both the upper and the lower lids need to be treated.
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Is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) an InPatient or OutPatient Procedure?
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What are the Side Effects of Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
Blepharoplasty side effects can include temporary dicomfort, swelling, bruising; Temporary dryness, burning, itching, and watering of eyes; Excessive sensitivity to light for first few weeks.
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How Long do Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) results last?
Blepharoplasty results can last for several years, often about 5-10, or permanently.
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What is the recovery time for Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
Day 1-3- Mild to moderate pain and discomfort will be felt after eyelid surgery, but can be alleviated with a prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication (depending on what you and your doctor determine).

Day 4-6- Sutures are usually removed within about 4-6 days of eyelid surgery

Day 7-14- After blepharoplasty, recovery from bruising and swelling should take about 1-2 weeks. Some sensitivity to light will be apparent after the surgery, but should also fade over the course of a week or two.

Patients who wear contact lenses can usually return to using them about 7-10 days after surgery, depending on personal comfort level.

Please Note**Application of eye makeup can be resumed about 4-6 days after surgery, after sutures are removed, but not before.

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Will my insurance company cover Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
When the correction and widening of visual fields is the reason for pursuing blepharoplasty, insurance may be involved.
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Is there much discomfort for Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
After your blepharoplasty procedure, pain and discomfort may be felt minimally, but if eyeball pain persists for more than several hours, the surgical staff should be contacted. The persistence of other mild discomfort after blepharoplasty is normal, and should only last for a few days. 
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What types of anesthesia is necessary for Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
Blepharoplasty anesthesia of choice is usually local with sedation. In some cases, general anesthesia may be used.
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What else can I combine Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) with?
For more enhanced results, blepharoplasty may be combined with:

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What else is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) referred to as?
The medical term is blepharoplasty, but this procedure is often referred to as eyelid surgery, eyelid lift, or eyelid rejuvenation.
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