Blepharoplasty, often referred to as an eyelid lift or eyelid surgery, is a procedure in which excess skin, tissue, and fat are removed from the eyelid. This procedure can give the eyes a younger and more open look by removing excess skin and fat that can lead to an aged appearance. This procedure can also be used to create an upper eyelid crease for those who do not have one or who want theirs to be more pronounced. If you are considering blepharoplasty, here are three things to know.
The first thing to consider when it comes to blepharoplasty is the cost. Cost can vary depending on your plastic surgeon and your particular needs. On average you can expect to pay between $4,000 and $5,500 for this procedure in total--including the fees for anesthesia and the facility fees. Many cosmetic surgeons offer a payment plan for those who would struggle to pay for this procedure upfront. If your eyelids are blocking your field of vision, your insurance may cover some or all of the costs associated with this procedure.
With any cosmetic surgery, it's important to consider recovery time when deciding whether or not the procedure will work for you. Recovery times vary depending on the individual. Bruising and swelling in and around the eye area is common after this procedure. The good news is that most of the bruising and swelling will typically disappear after a few days. In most cases you will be able to return to your normal activities within seven to ten days after the procedure and see the disappearance of all of the swelling and bruising within two weeks.
Results Can Vary
It's also important to know that results can vary after having blepharoplasty. Your results will depend on your eyelid shape and facial structure as well as how much fat and tissue your surgeon removes. Complications are rare, but it is possible to end up with dry eye, double vision, a loss of vision, infection, or scarring after the procedure. The results are also not permanent. Over time, gravity and the aging process will lead your eyelids to sag once again. The results from blepharoplasty tend to last for at least five to seven years if not longer. However, many end up opting for another procedure after a decade or two.
Blepharoplasty is a great way to get younger, more open looking eyes. Costs can vary, however you can expect to pay somewhere between $4,000 and $5,500 on average. Recovery usually takes around two weeks in total and your results can vary depending on your surgeon and your facial structure.