Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
As we age, the eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken and fat accumulates around the eyes causing bags below the eye and droopy eyelids above. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can fix these problems by tightening up or removing excess skin and fat round the eyelid. Double eyelid surgery fixes both the upper and lower eyelids at the same time.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
Eyelid surgery requires anesthesia. Regardless of whether you are having an upper blepharoplasty or a lower blepharoplasty, your incisions will be placed in areas where they will be naturally concealed and leave minimal scars. For an upper eyelid lift, incisions are made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. For under eye surgery, incisions can be made just below the lower lashes.
Through these incisions, excess fat, skin and tissues can be removed, repositioned or tightened. Incisions are closed with sutures. Your eyelids will be covered with lubricating ointment, cold compresses and gauze immediately after your eye lift surgery.
Ideal Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery are adults who have healthy facial tissues and muscles in and around the eyelids. The procedure can correct:
- Drooping upper or lower eyelids.
- Puffiness around the eyes.
- Loose or sagging skin under and around the eyes.
- Fine lines and wrinkles around the lower eye.
- Under eye bags.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
During your recovery, you will need to apply topical medications to the eyelids and use cold compresses to minimize swelling. It is normal to experience some swelling and bruising around the eye but it will fade with time.
You might also have dry or irritated eyes for a few days after eye lift surgery. If this is troublesome ask your surgeon if you can use lubricating eye drops to minimize discomfort. You will be given specific instructions for caring for your eyes and should be able to go back to normal activities within 7-10 days. As your eyes heal, you will need to protect them from the sun. Be extra diligent about wearing sunglasses during this time.
Cost of Eyelid Surgery
The Cost for eyelid surgery varies from person to person and is dependant on the specific procedures necessary to achieve the desired look. Dr. Lombardo offers a free in-office consultation and price quote after assessing your individual needs and goals. To schedule your free consultation, call: (760) 610-8990.
Contact Lombardo Cosmetic Surgery in Rancho Mirage today to learn more about eyelid surgery where we serve greater Palm Springs & Palm Desert areas.