Your eyes are your window to the soul because they reveal so much about you. Unfortunately, your eyes can also be deceiving if signs of aging have altered them. Instead of looking rested, alert and in-charge, you may appear to be tired, run-down, angry or unhappy due to drooping eyelids or puffy bags under the eyes. If you feel that your eyes make you look older, sad or fatigued, then you may want to consider the benefits of eyelid surgery at OMNI Eye Specialists.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available where excess skin and fatty tissue are removed from around the eyes. Drooping eyebrows can also be corrected at the same time. Blepharoplasty can be done to improve both visual function and cosmetic appearance. Excessive upper eyelid tissue can block the upper field of vision. Correction of overhanging skin folds will improve the function of the upper eyelid and peripheral vision.
Is Blepharoplasty Right for Me?
Typical candidates for blepharoplasty are at least 35 years of age. The majority of our patients, are typically 50 or older; however, we do see some younger patients concerned about droopy eyelids or large bags under the eyes.
Many blepharoplasty patients come to OMNI Eye Specialists with the following concerns:
- Excess skin on the upper lid that sags and interferes/could interfere with your vision
- Excess skin on the upper lid that hides the eyelid skin above the lashes
- Excessive wrinkling on the upper lid
- Excess skin and wrinkles on the lower lids
- Puffiness or bags under the lower lid
How is Blepharoplasty Performed?
Depending on your features, you may have blepharoplasty on either the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. Through a strategically placed incision, the upper eyelid procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fatty tissue. Because the incision is placed in the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it is camouflaged upon healing. Lower eyelid procedures also involve the removal of excess skin and fat. The incision may be made just under the lower lash line or inside the lower lid. Usually, the underlying muscle can be tightened.
What is the Recovery Process for Blepharoplasty?
Only minimal discomfort is typically associated with a blepharoplasty. After your procedure, some bruising and swelling is expected for the first 10 days or so. Make-up can usually cover bruising adequately by the end of the first week. Most of our eyelid surgery patients in return to work in 10 days and full activities at three weeks. Scars are nearly invisible as they blend into the natural lines around your eyes.
What are the Costs Involved with Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery costs in Baltimore depend heavily on whether you have the upper or lower eyelids done or both. We will be happy to discuss costs associated with eyelid surgery during your preliminary consultation.