Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) in Melbourne, FL
Many adults develop drooping skin on the eyelids, as well as sagging bags around the eyes that make them look old and weary, and in some cases, even obstructing vision. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a safe and popular procedure that corrects drooping eyelids to improve your appearance and comfort. At Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo, MD, and board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, MD, combine their expertise in plastic surgery and dermatology to provide excellence in such delicate cosmetic procedures as blepharoplasty for residents of Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, and nearby communities in Central Florida who want to rejuvenate the area around the eyes to create a more alert and youthful appearance.
What type of procedure is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that removes fatty tissue and excess skin from the area surrounding the eyes, creating a smoother and more youthful-looking facial contour. This procedure effectively removes puffy bags that accumulate around the eyes and trims back loose sagging skin in the eyelids that impart an aged and tired appearance and, in many cases, obstructs vision.
How can Blepharoplasty improve my appearance?
Blepharoplasty surgically removes excess loose skin that accumulates in the eyelids and around the eyes and can be safely performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or both. In some cases, sagging and drooping eyelids may actually impair a person’s ability to see well. Puffy bags under the eyes and sagging skin in the eyelids also makes people look older. Most blepharoplasty patients report feeling dramatically rejuvenated after the procedure, and many report that their vision has improved after removing excess skin that was affecting their ability to open their eyes properly.
How do I know if I am eligible for Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty may be performed on almost any adult in good health, but patients with certain medical conditions affecting the eyes and vision, such as glaucoma, may be advised to forego this procedure. Also note that blepharoplasty removes excess skin from the eyelids, but does not eliminate wrinkles and “crows feet” at the corners of the eyes. In order to treat other concerns, blepharoplasty may be performed in combination with a brow lift or other facial procedures. If you feel that your vision may be impaired by droopy upper lids, your eye doctor can perform visual field testing to see if you may qualify for blepharoplasty.
What happens during Blepharoplasty?
Although blepharoplasty is a delicate procedure requiring the skill of an experienced surgeon, the surgery is considered minimally invasive and may be completed in less than three hours using general or local anesthesia. The surgeon creates incisions in the eyelid’s natural creases through which excess fatty tissue is extracted, and loose, sagging skin is trimmed away to create a smooth, youthful appearance. Dressings will be applied over the incisions immediately following surgery.
What should I expect after Blepharoplasty?
Most patients require a week to recover from blepharoplasty. Our team may also prescribe antiseptic eye drops or ointment that you may use to prevent any infection and alleviate any discomfort during the recovery period. You will be advised to keep your head and neck elevated during this period. You should allow the eyes to rest as much as possible during this period by getting plenty of sleep and avoiding any undue eye strain, such as extended exposure to digital screens.
Will Blepharoplasty affect my eyesight?
Blepharoplasty will not negatively affect your eyesight, although the procedure is not recommended for individuals with certain eye conditions, such as glaucoma. In many cases, blepharoplasty affects eyesight for the better by removing skin that may be an obstructing or partially obstructing vision.
How much does Blepharoplasty cost in Central Florida?
Each procedure is customized. You may choose to have surgery on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, which will affect the cost of the procedure, as will any additional procedures you may choose to combine with blepharoplasty. If the excess skin on the eyelids obstructs your vision, your health insurance carrier may cover the procedure, but it is not covered as an elective procedure. Our office provides flexible financing and several payment options to help all of our patients manage costs.
Blepharoplasty may be the ideal procedure to improve and rejuvenate your appearance if your eyelids have developed excess sagging and loose skin. At Dermatology + Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified plastic surgeon Rebecca Novo and board-certified dermatologist Anita Saluja, a variety of cosmetic procedures such as blepharoplasty are performed with excellence for residents of Melbourne, Viera, Brevard County, and nearby communities in Central Florida. Contact us now!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Botox lift droopy eyelids?
It can help open the eyes some by lifting the brows but will not lift excess skin.
Can droopy eyelids cause blurred vision?
Droopy eyelids can cause sight to be hindered because of the hanging skin.
Can you get rid of hooded eyelids?
Yes, by doing a procedure called blepharoplasty. Sometimes a brow lift is needed as well, depending on the position and heaviness (height or lowness) of your eyebrows.
How do you reduce bruising after eyelid surgery?
Icing and Arnica tablets may be taken to help. Minimize alcohol, excessive activity, elevation in heart rate or blood pressure, and NSAIDS.
How is eyelid surgery performed?
Th skin is injected with numbing medication. Then a scalpel is used to remove the excess skin along the crease of the eye lid and sewing the skin edges together.
How is upper eyelid surgery done?
Removing the excess skin by excising along the crease of the eye lid and sewing together.
How is upper eyelid surgery performed?
Removing the excess skin by excising along the crease of the eye lid and sewing the skin edges together.
How long does it take to heal from upper eyelid surgery?
About a week of healing.
How long does upper eyelid surgery take?
This takes about an hour to do.
Why are my eyelids hooded?
Skin laxity due to aging.
Does eyelid surgery leave scars?
Yes, small thin scars that are hidden in the crease of the eyelid.
How long after blepharoplasty do you see results?
This is instant results.
How long does eyelid surgery take?
About an hour.
Is drooping eyelid surgery covered by insurance?
Yes, if field of vision test is done by eye doctor and states it is needed.
Can I sleep on my side after eyelid surgery?
We recommend that you sleep on your back the first few weeks.
What are the risks of eyelid surgery?
Bleeding, infection, vision loss, asymmetry, scars, pain, dissatisfaction, need for revision.
What can I expect after eyelid surgery?
Improved appearance of the eye, a more “open, rested, or youthful” appearance.
Is eyelid surgery safe?
Yes, with a certified practitioner who has experience.
Is eyelid surgery painful?
How long are eyes blurry after blepharoplasty?
Vision should not be blurry.