4 Faqs Regarding Cosmetic Upper Eyelid Surgery

Posted on: 12 June 2018

Cosmetic upper eyelid surgery or upper blepharoplasty is a procedure that removes sagging from your upper eyes to make you look younger. It is growing in popularity for its many benefits. If you are tired of your eyes revealing your age, consider blepharoplasty. Before you do, however, check out these four frequently asked questions.

What Does Blepharoplasty Correct?

Upper eyelid surgery corrects defects of the upper eyelid. These are usually associated with aging. Most patients who choose upper eyelid surgery, however, do so because they have excess sagging skin above the upper eyelids. This creates a "hooded" look as if you can't open your eyes completely. It doesn't' really treat any wrinkles around the eyes. If you have bags, wrinkles or thin skin under your eyes, you'll need lower blepharoplasty surgery, which is another procedure.

What Can You Expect During Treatment?

Upper eyelid surgery is typically fast, and it usually only requires a local anesthetic, so you won't need to pay for an anesthesiologist or worry about the side effects of general anesthesia. Once the area is numb, incisions are made along the crease of your upper eyelid. This allows your eye to naturally hide any possible scars. The procedure, however, can be done in combination with other procedures, such as a facelift, browlift, etc.

How Long Does Recovery Last?

Because the process is minimal, and the skin around your eyes is thin, healing doesn't take long. There may be some bruising around the eyes for a few days. Anytime a doctor cuts your skin, there is risk of scarring, so most patients have small scarring after blepharoplasty. However, the eyelid heals exceptionally well. Therefore, once the area heals, the scar is hard to see unless you keep your eyes closed and someone is staring at your eyelids.

How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost?

Eyelid surgery costs around $400 to $5,500, but that price usually includes both eyelids, so if you are only worried about your upper eyelid, you may save some money. If you add other procedures, however, the price will increase, but you can save some money by bundling them together and having them performed at once. Insurance doesn't usually cover cosmetic procedures. However, if the skin above your eyes is causing vision problems, your insurance may cover some of the cost because it is no longer just a cosmetic concern.

Aging affects all parts of your body, including your eyelids. If you don't like the sagging skin around your eyes, or if you are unable to see because of sagging skin, consider upper blepharoplasty. For more information, contact a cosmetic doctor in your area today.