As we age, the delicate skin around our eyes naturally begins to droop and sag, which may cause one to appear tired or upset. Sagging upper eyelids can even contribute to problems with your vision. Using a technique known as blepharoplasty, Dr. Christopher Godek—our experienced plastic surgeon—can turn back the hands of time and restore a youthful aesthetic to the area around your eyes.
What Are the Benefits of Blepharoplasty?
Many patients have come to the Personal Enhancement Center to enhance the appearance of their upper and/or lower eyelids. Key benefits of eyelid surgery can often include:
- The removal of excess eyelid skin
- The smoothing of lines and wrinkles on the eyelids
- An improvement of dark circles below the eyes
- A reduction in upper/lower eyelid fat accumulations
- The correction of eyelid drooping
In addition to these enhancements, blepharoplasty can also provide a unique functional benefit for many men and women. When excess skin and tissue is removed from the upper eyelids, some individuals may notice an improved field of peripheral vision that had previously been partially or fully blocked by drooping skin.
Am I a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
In general, good candidates for blepharoplasty include women and men who are bothered by:
- Sagging, excess skin in the lower and/or upper eyelids
- Noticeable lines or wrinkles on the eyelids
- Dark circles beneath the eyes
- Protruding pockets of fat in the eyelids
- Impaired range of vision (caused by upper eyelid drooping)
Along with a desire to address one or more of these concerns, patients should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for what can and cannot be achieved with eyelid surgery. At the time of the consultation, Dr. Godek will perform a thorough assessment and discuss all criteria for candidacy to determine whether or not blepharoplasty would be the best treatment option.
How Is Blepharoplasty Surgery Performed?
Based on the unique needs of the patient, blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. With the upper eyelid technique, Dr. Godek will make a few small incisions strategically placed in the creases of the upper lid. Next, excess fat and loose skin will be removed from the area, and the remaining skin will be smoothed out. For lower blepharoplasty, incisions will be made either on the inside of the eyelid or directly under the lashes, depending on whether or not skin removal is necessary. Dr. Godek will then excise fat and/or skin as well as smooth out lines and wrinkles on the lid until a beautiful contour is achieved. Regardless of the method employed, incisions will be closed via a suture that will stay in place for a few days to allow for proper healing. Our surgeon works diligently to minimize visible scarring—in fact, because of the placement of the incisions, residual scarring from eyelid surgery is typically barely noticeable, if noticeable at all.
The blepharoplasty procedure usually takes one to two hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure. During the consultation, you and Dr. Godek will define a treatment plan to address your cosmetic concerns, and the surgical process and recovery time needed will be discussed in full detail.
What Is Blepharoplasty Recovery Like?
Recovery after blepharoplasty is approximately one to two weeks for the majority of individuals, depending on whether surgery involved the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Swelling and bruising are common side effects, though they normally dissipate within a week. Significant pain is very rare, but any discomfort experienced can often be managed effectively with medication. The majority of patients look and feel well enough to return to normal daily routines like office jobs, school, or running errands after about seven days. However, all strenuous activities will need to be avoided for several more weeks to facilitate proper healing—this includes heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, and contact sports.
After all swelling has gone down and the treatment area has fully healed, your eyes should look much younger, fresher, and more alert. If you have had upper eyelid surgery, you may even experience improved vision since any skin hanging over the eyes will be lifted, smoothed out, and refreshed.
Other Eyelid Surgery FAQs
What can upper eyelid surgery do?
Upper blepharoplasty can be custom-tailored to:
- Eliminate excess skin creating upper eyelid drooping
- Reduce puffiness and/or excess fat accumulations in the upper lids
- Smooth noticeable lines and wrinkles in the upper eyelids
What aesthetic concerns can lower blepharoplasty treat?
Dr. Godek can customize lower blepharoplasty to address the following lower eyelid concerns:
- Crepey skin and wrinkles
- Protruding fat
- Noticeable bags
- Dark circles beneath the eyes
- Loose, excess skin
Can eyelid surgery improve my vision?
For some people, excess skin in the upper eyelids can sag low enough over the eyes that it actually blocks anywhere from a moderate to considerable portion of one’s vision. When this is the case, upper blepharoplasty can be performed to get rid of extra, drooping skin and fat, helping to enhance one’s field of vision. Many individuals who underwent eyelid surgery to address this “hooding” effect note improved peripheral vision when driving, playing sports, and performing a number of other activities.
Can blepharoplasty be combined with other treatments?
At the Personal Enhancement Center, many patients elect to combine eyelid surgery with procedures such as facelift surgery, brow lift surgery, and/or dermal fillers. By doing so, they are able to achieve a more comprehensive facial enhancement and an improved overall outcome.
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
As a customizeable procedure, the exact cost of blepharoplasty at our practice will vary based on the specific needs and goals of the patient. Factors that most commonly influence the overall expense include whether the procedure is performed on the upper lids, lower lids, or both; the amount of extra skin and fat that needs to be removed; and if surgery is combined with a complementary treatment. Dr. Godek can provide a personalized answer to this question at the time of the consultation.
Contact the Personal Enhancement Center
To schedule a consultation, or for more information about blepharoplasty, contact our New Jersey practice today. The staff at the Personal Enhancement Center looks forward to helping you achieve the look you desire.