The process of aging is normally accompanied by specific changes of the skin which, in general, loses its elasticity and becomes prone to wrinkles and sagging. The youthful appearance slowly deteriorates. The negative effects are easily seen on the face and the most commonly affected part of the face includes the skin around the eyes. The eyes become puffy, there may be eye bags, drooping skin around the eyelids and wrinkles which occur in a special pattern known as craw's feet.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure which efficiently deals with droopy eyelids. Even though the surgery is generally performed because of aesthetic reasons, some people require blepharoplasty because their eyelids are so droopy that they cause serious vision problems. During the procedure the surgeon performs repositioning of the drooping eyelids by removing fat, parts of the eyelid muscle and sagging skin. The surgery may also include correction and reshaping, particularly in people whose eyelids have been damaged by some trauma or an injury.
Suitable Candidates for Blepharoplasty
The surgery is an excellent tool for people suffering from ptosis associated with serious vision problems. It is also performed in people who are not satisfied with the appearance of their eyelids and those who have to face excessive sagging of the upper eyelids. Blepharoplasty will never remove wrinkles around the eyes, so people who expect this from the surgery should opt for some other treatments.
The Procedure and Recovery Time
Prior the surgery patients are examined and the surgeon determines the extent of the surgery and marks the skin fold which will serve as incision sites. Surgery is performed under local anesthesia, incisions may be outside or inside the eyelid and after the final remodeling of the eyelids and removal of the extra tissue the wound is closed by sutures.
Potential side effects of blepharoplasty include a reaction to anesthesia, infections, swelling of the eyelids and reversible blurring of vision. In some patients scars may take some time to heal. Stitches are removed after a week and patients return to their everyday activities within 2 weeks. Strenuous activities are forbidden for at least 4 weeks after the surgery.
The price of blepharoplasty depends on several factors. In general, it ranges between $2,000 and $7,000. However, if one opts for blepharoplasty of the upper eyelids, he/ she will have to pay between $2,000 and $2,500 while blepharoplasty of the lower eyelids ranges between $2,000 and $3,000. The surgery is more expensive if performed by a well-experienced surgeon.