About the treatment

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a type of plastic surgery around the eyes. It improves drooping of your eyelids and the puffy bags that can sometimes appear below your eyes. The surgery involves removing excess fat, muscle and skin. This may help you appear younger and more alert, and can also improve your peripheral vision.

Who is blepharoplasty for?

Blepharoplasty may be an option for you if you have drooping around your upper or lower eyelids or puffiness under your eyes. Your overall health helps determine if surgery is right for you.

The treatment process

Eyeing a change?

If you’re considering blepharoplasty, here’s what you can expect:

  1. 01.

    The first step is to meet with a doctor to talk about your desired procedure and expectations. If the procedure is being done to improve your eyesight, we will bill your insurance for this visit. You’ll be responsible for co-pays and deductibles. Initial consults for cosmetic procedures are free. However, there may be charges if you’re considering multiple procedures and request to meet with more than one doctor.

  2. 02.

    During your consultation, a preoperative examination is performed to determine if you are a candidate for blepharoplasty surgery. Your doctor may discuss your health history and pertinent medications that may affect surgery. During this time, you can ask questions and make sure you are comfortable moving forward.

  3. 03.

    Your doctor will advise you on how to prepare for surgery. For instance, it’s important to stop using tobacco four to six weeks before your operation. The doctor may also want you to avoid aspirin and other blood thinners in the days-weeks leading up to surgery. We develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs so you’re as prepared for surgery as possible.

  4. 04.

    Surgery is performed under general or local anesthesia, and may last up to one to two hours.

  5. 05.

    You will recover from surgery at home. Someone must drive you because you won’t be able to drive yourself. Your eyelids may feel tight in the short term, and you’re likely to have some swelling and bruising. You’ll want to keep your head elevated and apply cold compresses for 2–3 days. Dryness, itching, overactive tears and sensitivity to light are possible. These usually subside within several weeks. You can read or watch TV in two or three days and return to work in about 7–10 days. You can usually resume strenuous activity in about two weeks.

Treatment examples

Eyelid Surgery

Procedure: Eyes
Oculoplastic Surgeon: Mark Lucarelli, MD, FACS

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Our team has years of experience and uses the most advanced surgical techniques. Some specialize in ophthalmic plastic surgery. They can help you look younger, increase your self-confidence and improve your field of vision.

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