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Over time, natural aging can make the skin around the eyes stretch significantly, resulting in droopy upper eyelids or bloated skin just under the bottom eyelid. These natural changes can often produce a tired and unflattering facial appearance.
For some patients, the heavy eyelids may obstruct the upper visual fields leading to vision difficulties that affect normal, everyday activities. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can improve all of these concerns by removing excess skin and fat on the lower or upper eyelid for enhanced functionality and facial appearance.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Gonzalez will help determine your candidacy based on an in-person exam. The best candidate for the procedure is anyone with overhanging upper eyelids or bags under the eyes. In addition, ideal candidates should be in overall good health with realistic expectations of the procedure’s outcome.
Some patients are likely to benefit from a brow lift, facelift surgery, or nonsurgical treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic, hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers (such as JUVÉDERM® or Restylane®), or FaceTite®.
Eyelid surgery is usually performed under a local anesthetic and an oral or intravenous sedative on an outpatient basis.
The procedure is carried out in two phases: the upper eyelids and the lower eyelids. To rejuvenate the look of your upper eyelids, Dr. Gonzalez will make an incision in the natural crease of your upper eyelid and excise loose skin and fatty tissue and reposition the underlying muscles.
As for the lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made along the lash line to surgically remove sagging skin and fatty tissue, revealing a smoother and firmer look. Any resulting scars are well-concealed within your natural contours. The entire procedure may take anywhere between one to two hours, depending on the level of complexity.
As a leading expert in his field, Dr. Gonzalez is highly skilled in the art of this delicate procedure. Prior to surgery, he will carefully review your medical history, evaluate your unique needs, discuss your goals, and make recommendations that ensure an optimal outcome.
Patients can expect swelling, bruising, and redness around the eye area. Excessive tearing, dryness, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision are other common but temporary effects.
To ease eye discomfort and facilitate recovery, you will be required to apply cold compresses, eye drops, and ointment as directed. Although individual healing rates may vary, most patients can return to work and other social activities in seven to 10 days.
Many patients enjoy a youthful, more alert, and well-rested facial appearance that allows their personality to shine through. The outcome of your eyelid surgery is long lasting, and while results will diminish as you age, you’ll look younger and more refreshed than you would if you never received treatment in the first place.
Blepharoplasty costs will vary based on whether you’re getting a lower eyelid lift, upper, or both. Dr. Gonzalez and his team can go over cost estimates during your consultation.
For results that look natural and last for many years, it’s better to concentrate on choosing an experienced plastic surgeon whom you are comfortable with, like Dr. Gonzalez, rather than looking for the lowest cost. To help you afford great results, Le Contour Aesthetic Surgery takes several payment methods, including low-interest financing.
When hanging skin is affecting your sight, your insurance might cover some of your blepharoplasty. Please speak with Dr. Gonzalez during your initial consultation if you are considering applying for an insurance claim.
A team member at Le Contour Aesthetic Surgery can help you submit the required paperwork and information to your provider to consider your claim. Generally, you will require a letter from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that blepharoplasty is medically necessary to restore your vision.
Eyelid surgery doesn’t just help to rejuvenate your face; it can also give you other benefits. You may discover your vision field is greater once excess, hanging skin on your upper eyelid is gone. It is also easier to put on eye shadow and other makeup once your upper lid is smooth.
Getting rid of fine lines, paper-thin skin, dark circles, and puffy bags on your lower eyelid may help your eyes appear fuller and brighter without a lot of makeup.
Wrinkles on your forehead and the corners of your eyes (crow’s feet) might be better corrected with a brow lift or facelift because the improvements of blepharoplasty are limited to the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty may be performed with a nonsurgical treatment, like BOTOX® Cosmetic, which can smooth wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. Dermal fillers, like JUVÉDERM® or Restylane®, may help to add volume for a smoother appearance. In your initial consultation, Dr. Gonzalez will develop your personal treatment plan to fit your goals.
Is extra, drooping skin and tissue from the upper and lower eyelid messing with your appearance or impairing your vision? Contact us today at 407-447-1628 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gonzalez to discuss your custom treatment plan and achieve the refreshed eyes you desire.