Q: What happens in the procedure?

A: The surgical procedure is relatively mild in scope compared to a face lift. It involves removing the excessive skin, subcutaneous tissue, and fat pads from the upper and lower lids through small incisions. These incisions are hidden in the normal crease in the upper eyelid while in the lower eyelid it is placed close to the eyelid margin beneath the lashes.

Q: What results can I expect?

A: Although results are impossible to accurately predict, you can get a good idea of possible results by examining before and after pictures of our patients. In upper lid blepharoplasty a dramatic improvement in appearance usually comes through eliminating the puffy appearance and elevating and deepening the crease of the upper eyelid.

In lower lid blepharoplasty, the effect desired is a smooth, non-baggy appearance. Generally, the more pronounced your bags are before, the more pleased you will be with the results.

Q: Will I have scars afterward?

A: Since incisions for an upper lid procedure are made in the natural crease of the upper lid, this hides the incision and you would have to look very closely to see where the incision was made. The almost imperceptible lower lid incision line is usually concealed under the lower eyelid lashes.

Any detailed questions you may have regarding the immediate post-surgical period and the normal steps of healing will be explained to you at the time of your Free Initial Consultation.

Q: Are there complications related to this surgery?

A: Although there are possible complications in any type of surgery, blepharoplasty has few, if any, complications when performed by well-qualified physicians. Occasionally, asymmetry results, which can usually be corrected with additional touch-up surgery. Another possible complication is bleeding if the patient has been taking blood thinners or has uncontrolled high blood pressure before surgery. As specialists in eye plastic surgery, we constantly have the safety of your eyes in mind.

In general, it should be remembered that thousands of blepharoplasties are safely performed each year and with satisfactory results. Over 99% of our patients who have chosen to undergo this procedure have been pleased with their improvement.

Q: How will my surgery be done?

A: The procedure in our practice is performed at an outpatient surgical facility, where we utilize the latest modern equipment and monitors, coupled with advanced nursing care. After the procedure you go home the same day.

Q: How much does the surgery cost?

A: Please discuss any questions regarding our fees with our office staff or myself. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is always considered cosmetic by insurance carriers, unless there is abnormal positioning of the eyelid margin. Sometimes upper eyelid blepharoplasty will be covered by insurance if there is severe hooding of the upper eyelid to the point that the skin of the upper lid is resting on the eyelashes.

Q: What is my next step?

A: If you feel that you may benefit from this procedure, I will be happy to meet with you for a Free Initial Consultation. At this time I will be able to give you a clearer idea of what results you might expect, based on your specific skin condition. You will also be able to examine photographs of our patients and ask any questions you have about cosmetic blepharoplasty. I look forward to meeting you.