Blepharoplasty is the name of the plastic surgery procedure that corrects aging eyelids. This surgery helps a person look alert and rejuventated. Most patients need an upper and lower procedure. The surgery is often covered by insurance if the upper eye lids droop so much that they obscure vision. The price range for surgery is $3000 to $4000.
Types of Surgery
Upper Lid Blepharoplasty
Upper lid blepharoplasty is performed in a doctor's office or hospital setting and takes around an hour. The excess skin is cut off and fat pockets are removed. The sutures that are placed in must remain for four or five days. You'll need to take at least a week off.
Lower Lid Blepharoplasty
During this operation, excess fat is removed via a cut just below the eyelashes. Excess skin and muscle is redraped. Depending on the location of the incisions Crow's feet can be touched up with a laser or a chemical peel. After surgery, your eyes will be puffy for two weeks. For a few months after,you may need eye drops due to dry eyes.
After surgery, you'll need to keep your head elevated for the next forty eight hours. Rest is very important during this time. Some of patients enjoy putting four by four inch gauze pds on their eyes. Small balloons filled with peas work too.