When you suffer from drooping eyelids, it’s common to look and feel tired and even suffer from vision problems. Located in Montclair, NJ, New Jersey Plastic Surgery® performs eyelid surgery for the residents in and around Bloomfield, Essex County, Morristown and the surrounding communities.
What is Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)?
Blepharoplasty is a technical term that refers to eyelid surgery. Correcting the existence of drooping eyelids, this procedure removes puffy bags from under the eyes and lifts eyelids by removing excess fat, skin and muscle tissue.
This procedure can be performed in conjunction with a facelift or brow lift, but cannot correct dark rings or crow’s feet around the eyes or remove racial or ethnic features. The following information is intended to give you an accurate portrait of what a blepharoplasty entails, enabling you to determine if you feel an eyelid surgery is right for you.
The Best Candidates for Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
If you would like to improve your look without drastically altering your appearance, a blepharoplasty can make you feel more alert and self-confident. If you feel a blepharoplasty is right for you, we recommend a consultation with New Jersey Plastic Surgery® to determine what you can expect from this procedure.
Patients who are experiencing droopy eyelids or bags under the eyes benefit the most from this procedure. Most individuals who elect for blepharoplasty are over 35 years of age. However, people of all ages have considered undergoing this procedure to improve their vision and boost their self-confidence.
Planning Your Blepharoplasty
A consultation is necessary to discuss any related health problems associated with this procedure. New Jersey Plastic Surgery® will help rule out any medical concerns before continuing with this process.
Specialists will also perform a vision test and go over your medical records to ensure your safety. Information about your current prescriptions, vision problems, allergies, smoking habits and over-the-counter medications or vitamins should be discussed with you doctor at this time. During your consultation, it is important that you discuss your expectations, questions, and concerns regarding your surgery.
Preparing for your Blepharoplasty
You will be provided with specific guidelines for before and after your surgery. You will be instructed regarding certain foods, vitamins, and liquids that you should either take or avoid, along with guidelines regarding smoking or use of medications. We ask that you also make arrangements for someone to take care of you after your procedure, such as driving you home and offering basic care following your surgery.
Types of Anesthesia
During the blepharoplasty procedure, local anesthesia is most commonly used to numb the area around the eyes, but a sedative may also be implemented. You will not feel pain, but will be awake and completely relaxed. If you would like to be asleep during the procedure, you may elect for general anesthesia.
Your Blepharoplasty Procedure
A regular blepharoplasty procedure involves small incisions along the natural creases of your eyelids, in the upper folds and underneath your lashes. This surgery typically lasts between one and three hours, while your surgeon removes excess fatty deposits and trims sagging skin and muscle. By closing the incisions with sutures, this procedure does not leave visible scarring and results in lifted eyelids, creating a more youthful and refreshed look.
A transconjunctival blepharoplasty may be implemented in cases where excess skin does not need to be removed. By working with pockets of fat underneath your lower eyelid, a transconjunctival blepharoplasty is generally the best choice for younger patients or individuals who possess thicker skin.
After Your Blepharoplasty Procedure
Once your anesthesia wears off, you may feel some pain and discomfort. Medication will be prescribed to alleviate these symptoms and bandages, and ointment will be used to protect and lubricate your eyes following the procedure.
It is recommended that you keep your head elevated for a few days after your blepharoplasty. You can expect to experience some bruising for as little as two weeks to one month after your surgery. You will receive specific instructions about keeping your eyes clean, using eye drops and what you can expect regarding light sensitivity, blurriness or watery eyes. Stitches will be removed a few days after the procedure and swelling will gradually lessen as you begin the healing process.
How Much Does a Blepharoplasty Cost?
Eyelid surgery is considered to be elective, so most insurance providers won’t cover the costs. To help make eyelid surgery affordable and accessible for everyone, New Jersey Plastic Surgery® offers financing options. For your convenience, we accept cash, check, Visa®, Master®Card, American Express® and Discover®. Financing options via CareCredit® and AlphaeonTM are also available.
Getting Back to Normal
You can expect your regular vision to return within a few days, and your ability to wear contact lenses will be restored a few weeks after your surgery. You may find that you are able to return to work or school in about 10 days, but every patient is unique in this regard. Your eyes will be sensitive to light and wind for several weeks and may become irritated easily.
You will be instructed on taking it easy for the first few days after your procedure, and you should expect to avoid all strenuous physical activity for several weeks following the surgery.
Eyelid surgery can help you regain a more youthful, flattering look. If you live in or around Bloomfield, Essex County or Morristown and are looking to perform eyelid surgery, contact New Jersey Plastic Surgery® in Montclair, NJ, today to set up an appointment.