One of the first things people notice about you are your eyes. Your eyes often convey how you’re feeling, your emotions and your general well-being. They also are one of the first facial features affected by the signs of aging.
Eyelid Surgery is a procedure that removes fat and excess skin, as well as lift and shape the upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty rejuvenates your eyes by removing the excess skin and fat that create puffiness and bags under your eyes. Eyelid surgery can have a dramatic impact on your appearance making you look years younger.
Is Eyelid Surgery right for me?
Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery are healthy, non-smokers who have excess skin and/or fat around the upper and lower eyelids. Persons with droopy eyelids that affect their vision are considered ideal candidates wheteer or not they are interested in the procedure for appearance reasons.
Occasionally, medical conditions such as dry eyes, glaucoma or diabetes may affect whether Dr. Bounds recommends this procedure for you. Dr. Bounds will review your medical history and determine if there are any limiting factors which would preclude this surgery as well as outline any risks or complications associated with the procedure.
In the majority of cases, blepharoplasty is an ideal way to correct droopy or puffy upper and lower eyelids.
The Eyelid Surgery Procedure
There are several surgical techniques available that will lift and reduce the puffiness of your eyelids.
Dr. Bounds will thoroughly evaluate your particular situation and take into consideration factors such as the shape of your eyes, the extent of excess skin and fat around the eyelids and the muscle structure and skin elasticity of your eyelids.
The procedure may be performed under local or general anesthesia. Dr. Bounds will discuss the benefits of each and assist you in making the decision as to which you would prefer.
Your surgery will be performed in an out-patient setting in our AAAASF accredited surgical suite, attended by Dr. Bounds, a board certified anesthesiologist (if general anesthesia is chosen) and a complete surgical staff.
Blepharoplasty surgery typically takes about three hours and you will be able to go home within a few hours after your surgery.
Recovery after The Eyelid Surgery Procedure
After eyelid surgery, cold compresses may be recommended to reduce swelling and bruising. Dr. Bounds may prescribe antibiotic ointment to prevent infection and will prescribe lubricating eye drops.
In most cases, you will be able to resume normal activities within 10 days to two weeks after your surgery. Restrictions for seven to ten days after surgery may include: no makeup, no alcohol, no television and no contact lenses.
You should closely follow Dr. Bounds’ recommendation regarding the proper way to clean your eyes and the use of lubricating eye drops and compresses.
You may resume wearing contact lenses after two weeks.
Strenuous exercise or activities should be limited for up to 4 weeks after your surgery.
What does eyelid lift surgery cost in Virginia Beach?
Upper blepharoplasty may be performed under local anesthesia for approximately $1900 or with intravenous sedation for $3300. When choosing the latter, another doctor – a board certified anesthesiologist – will assist Dr. Bounds during the procedure.
Upper and lower blepharoplasty is typically performed under intravenous sedation with a second physician, a Board Certified Anesthesiologist. Costs for the procedure are approximately $3900 and include everything but prescription medications and any tests that may be necessary prior to your surgery.