Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, restores vision blocked by an excess of fat and skin in the eyelids, corrects puffy upper eyelids and removes bags under the eyes. In lower eyelid surgery, fat deposits under the eyes are removed by making an incision below the lower eyelashes. Excess skin and fat is removed to reduce swelling and puffiness. Upper eyelid surgery involves incisions made in the natural creases of the upper lids to get rid of excess skin blocking the vision or causing a droopy appearance. Transconjunctival blepharoplasty removes pockets of fat without the need to remove any skin via the use of tiny lower eyelid incisions.

Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery include patients who have an excess of skin on the upper eyelid, puffy upper eyelids and eyes that always look tired. In general, candidates should be at least 18 years old, in good health and have realistic expectations about the results. Patients who suffer from conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma and dry eye might not be good eyelid surgery candidates.

There are a number of factors that go into the cost of eyelid surgery including the region of the country where the surgery is performed, whether insurance covers any of the cost, any facility fees and if the surgery is upper or lower only or a combination of the two. On average, upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery costs from $3500-$5500. More extensive surgeries can cost $8000-$10,000. Transconjunctival blepharoplasty can cost anywhere in the $2500-$4000 range.

Most patients look younger, more alert and refreshed after eyelid surgery. The results from blepharoplasty are considered permanent. In general, the results last anywhere from 10-15 years as aging and genetics can cause a change in the results.

Internal and External Browpexy

submitted on   Thu May, 26, 2016 by Guy Massry, MD     
Internal and external browpexy are minimally invasive procedures performed to stabilize and lift the outer and central portions of the brow into a more youthful position. Internal and external browpexy can treat droopiness of the outer portion of the eyelid which may impair the line of vision. Performed...