Blepharoplasty is commonly called an eyelid lift or eyelid surgery. Women and men visit board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kesh Nawada for this facial plastic surgery procedure at his practice in Winter Haven (central Florida) to remove the excess drooping skin of the eyelids. In most cases, the procedure also includes the removal of fatty tissue surrounding the eyes that gives a puffy look to the area. Eyelid surgery may involve the upper lids, lower lids, or both sets of eyelids. Removal of fatty tissue is performed as needed, but is not essential in every case. An eyelid lift is typically performed on men and women that are 40-75 years old, though exceptions always exist. The main reason patients choose this procedure is to restore a more youthful and refreshed appearance to the eyes. Patients choose to have a blepharoplasty to treat one or more of the following conditions:
- Excess skin and drooping of the upper eyelids
- Drooping of the lower lids which causes too much of the iris to be visible (the “hound dog” effect)
- Bags, dark circles, and puffing underneath the eyes
- Excessive wrinkles of the lower lids
"Dr. Nawada is hands down the BEST Plastic Surgeon in Central Florida. Prior to my surgery I was well informed and given 100% confidence. In result, my instincts were spot on selecting Dr. Nawada to perform my elaborate procedure. Surgery went smooth and follow up was very caring & professional. He is an artist that helped me gain my confidence back. Thank you Dr.Nawada & Amazing Nurses!!"- J. / Healthgrades / Apr 09, 2016
"It has been 17 years, but was an exceptional experience. I wish Dr. Nawada was here in the Atlanta area...."- V.A. / Facebook / Jun 20, 2018
"It has been 17 years, but was an exceptional experience. I wish Dr. Nawada eas here in the Atlanta area...."- V.A. / Facebook / Jun 19, 2018
"Dr nawada and staff are awesome"- L.S. / Google / May 07, 2018
"Like most people I did a lot of research before moving forward with both my procedures. I decided to come to Dr. Nawada after reading reviews and meeting with him and his staff. I cannot say enough about how wonderful Dr. Nawada is. His knowledge and experience speak volumes, his staff is amazing and really make you feel comfortable. I highly recommend that anyone at least go and talk to him about any procedure, you will not be disappointed."- S. / Healthgrades / Mar 07, 2018
Upper Eyelid Surgery@headingTag>
During upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made within the natural fold of the lid and extended outward. The incision will go out as wide as possible so that additional skin folds on the outside of the upper eye can also be addressed. Once the incision is made, excess skin, tissue and, in some cases, a small portion of the orbicularis occuli muscle are removed. The incision is closed with absorbable sutures and the scar remains almost completely hidden because of where it resides in the natural crease.
Lower Eyelid Surgery@headingTag>
During lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made along the bottom of the lash line. This allows the surgeon to remove excess fat and tissue. In patients who have puffy lower eyelids but good skin tone, an approach known as a transconjunctival blepharoplasty can be performed. This technique puts the incision inside the lower eyelid rather than outside. Patients who have dark circles under their eyes will sometimes have a deficiency of fat in these areas. Injectables can be used to help fill these soft-tissue deficiencies and can improve the appearance of these circles.
Eyelid surgery is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. It generally takes up to 2 hours for both the upper and lower eyelids to be addressed. Following surgery, the area around the eyes will be bruised and swollen. Patients should apply ice packs, keep their heads elevated, and apply medicated eye ointment for a few days. Patients comment on the fact that friends and family tell them they look great, but often can’t put a finger on what is different. These subtle, yet dramatic results restore a softer, more youthful appearance.
The cost for eyelid surgery varies for each patient and will fluctuate depending on whether both the upper and lower eyelids were addressed. Patients who undergo a full blepharoplasty, which includes both the upper and lower eyelids, will pay on average between $4,500. - $5,500.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,500 - $5,500
- Recovery Time
- 1-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Eyelid Surgery FAQ's@headingTag>
After surgery, scarring will not be visible because of where the incisions are placed. In the upper eyelid, the incision follows the natural crease of the eye. The lower eyelid incision will run just under the eyelashes or inside the eyelid. Scarring will be inconspicuous.
Eyelid surgery will reduce puffy bags and excess skin and may help contribute to some minimization of crow’s feet. However, to truly treat crow’s feet, one will need a different approach. BOTOX® injections and procedures such as a browlift, are better options to help eliminate crow’s feet.
Irritation After Surgery?@headingTag>
Some patients will experience dryness and minimal irritation following surgery. If these occur, we can recommend ointments and eye drops to assist during the healing phase. Patients should protect their eyes against wind and sun irritation for the first several months by wearing dark sunglasses.
If anything, eyelid surgery actually helps improve the vision for many patients. Not only does it restore a fresh, younger look from a cosmetic standpoint, it eliminates the excess skin that may have been impairing vision. It is important to select a skilled surgeon who has expertise with eyelid surgery. We take great care during this surgery so that the eyes themselves are left untouched and unharmed.