The natural aging process can cause the tissues and muscles around the eyes to loosen and weaken. The brow and cheeks lose volume and descend with time contributing to the heaviness of the upper eyelids and cheeks. Descent of the cheek fat pads also leads to exposure of the underlying orbital bone structure, creating a shadow under the eye and resulting in a tired and aged appearance. Our Zionsville and Indianapolis-area facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Emily Hrisomalos, offers blepharoplasty to patients seeking to rejuvenate the eyes for a more youthful appearance. Also referred to as an eyelid lift, blepharoplasty can be an ideal solution to address puffiness, drooping/excess skin, and dark shadows around the eyes.
If you are interested in learning more about eyelid surgery and how it can benefit you, we invite you to explore the informative sections provided below.
What Are the Different Types of Blepharoplasty?
Patients who feel that their upper eyelids are “heavy,” or have noticed excess skin in the upper eyelids may benefit from an upper blepharoplasty procedure. Some patients feel their eyes look smaller or experience difficulty with applying makeup to the upper eyelids due to this skin redundancy. Some even have visual difficulty in the upper fields due to eyelid heaviness. Upper eyelid surgery can be performed for cosmetic reasons as well as for functional concerns and can optimize quality of life significantly.
Individuals who want to address “bags” or dark circles under the eye may find that lower blepharoplasty is an optimal solution. Dr. Hrisomalos often uses fat transposition along with other techniques to improve lower eyelid contour and optimize longevity.
Depending on your needs and cosmetic goals, Dr. Hrisomalos may recommend incorporating one or both types of blepharoplasty into your personalized treatment plan. Recovery is similar between upper and lower recovery and is mostly “social.” Physical recovery is typically anywhere from just a couple of days to about two weeks. “Social” recovery varies based on the comfort level of patients being seen during the different stages of healing. Final results will take several months to realize; however, fortunately, the majority of healing takes place within the first few weeks. Dr. Hrisomalos will go over all procedure details and recovery timeline in more detail during your consultation so you know exactly what to expect.
How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost?
Blepharoplasty is customized to the patient, so the cost of treatment will vary for each individual. Factors that may influence the overall expense of blepharoplasty typically include the following:
- Type of eyelid surgery performed
- Dr. Hrisomalos’ surgical fee
- Surgical facility and anesthesia fees
- Complexity of treatment
- Prescribed medications
- Adjunctive procedures (such as a brow lift or facelift)
Dr. Hrisomalos and our team will provide you with a personalized quote at the time of your consultation. We will also go over your payment options and answer any questions you may have regarding financing. Insurance companies may be able to cover the cost of upper blepharoplasty if it is deemed medically necessary. This may be the case for patients that have undergone formal testing showing that the heaviness of their upper eyelids actually obstructs their vision and negatively affects daily activities; however, these insurance requirements can be quite strict.
If you would like to learn more about blepharoplasty or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hrisomalos, please feel free to contact our practice today!