Blepharoplasty or ptosis repair is a specialized surgical eyelid treatment designed to address the signs of aging that affect the upper and lower eyelids and, in some cases, improve peripheral vision. Factors such as sun exposure, gravity, and genetic predisposition can contribute to the development of sagging and wrinkled skin around the eyes. This can lead to drooping of the upper eyelids, a condition called ptosis, and/or the formation of puffy bags beneath the eyes. These changes not only affect one’s appearance, but can also impair vision.
To treat these concerns, Dr. Dudee performs a precise procedure to eliminate excess skin and fatty tissue and will even repair muscles if necessary. By carefully restoring the shape and contour of the eyelids, Dr. Dudee can achieve natural-looking results without overcorrection. Furthermore, during the surgery, Dr. Dudee can correct other contributing factors to your condition and perform cosmetic treatments as well, effectively resolving multiple issues in a single procedure. When performed correctly, eyelid surgery can yield remarkable outcomes, providing patients with rejuvenated eyes, a refreshed appearance, and potentially improved peripheral vision that can last for many years.
In many cases, your medical insurance will cover the cost of this procedure!
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a procedure that aims to enhance the appearance of the eyelids by removing excess skin, fat, or muscle and addressing drooping or sagging eyelids.
Eyelid surgery is typically performed by a skilled surgeon who will make precise incisions along the natural lines of your eyelids. The excess tissue will be removed or repositioned, and the incisions will be carefully closed for optimal healing.
Eyelid surgery can provide several potential benefits, including a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance, improved symmetry of the eyelids, reduced puffiness or bags under the eyes, and in some cases, improved vision due to the removal of excessive skin obstructing the visual field. Eyelid surgery can also be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as lower eyelid cosmetic rejuvenation, brow lifts, or chemical peels, depending on your individual needs and goals. Combining procedures can provide comprehensive facial rejuvenation and enhance overall results. Dr. Dudee will discuss suitable options based on your specific case.
Dr. Dudee will evaluate your individual case to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Factors such as your overall health, specific eyelid concerns, and expectations will be considered to ensure the best possible outcome.
During eyelid surgery, local anesthesia or sedation is typically used to ensure your comfort. You should not experience any pain during the procedure. After the surgery, you may experience mild to moderate discomfort or tightness, but we will provide appropriate pain management measures to help alleviate this.
The recovery period after eyelid surgery can vary among individuals. Generally, you can expect some swelling and bruising, which gradually subsides over a few weeks. Most people are able to return to work and resume normal activities within 1 to 2 weeks, although it may take a few months for the final results to fully manifest. During the healing process, you should expect gradual improvement in the appearance of your eyelids. Dr. Dudee will provide specific post-operative care instructions, which may include icing the area, keeping the area clean, applying prescribed ointments and taking prescribed antibiotics, and avoiding strenuous activities.
Non-surgical alternatives, such as eye drops that slightly lift the lids for a limited period of time and non-invasive skin tightening procedures or injectable treatments like dermal fillers, may provide temporary improvement for certain eyelid concerns. However, these alternatives may not offer the same comprehensive and long-lasting results as eyelid surgery. At your consultation, Dr. Dudee can determine the most suitable approach for your specific needs and goals.
The cost of eyelid surgery can vary depending on factors such as the geographical location, surgical facility fees, anesthesia fees, and the extent of the procedure. Other factors that can affect the cost of eyelid surgery include the complexity of the procedure, the surgeon’s expertise, and the need for additional techniques (such as fat grafting or muscle tightening). Insurance coverage for eyelid surgery also depends on various factors, such as the purpose of the surgery (cosmetic vs. functional), your insurance policy, and the nature of your specific eyelid concerns. In some cases, if the surgery is deemed medically necessary to improve vision or address functional issues, insurance coverage may be available. It’s best to consult with your insurance provider to determine their specific coverage criteria. Dr. Dudee and his qualified staff will also provide an accurate cost estimate based on your insurance coverage and presumed out-of-pocket cost, plus what you may owe if you were to desire any elective premium options.
The results of eyelid surgery are typically long-lasting. While the natural aging process continues, you can expect the improvements achieved through eyelid surgery to be permanent. However, factors such as lifestyle, sun exposure, and genetics can affect the longevity of the results.
When seeking a qualified eyelid surgery specialist, it is important to look for a board-certified oculoplastic surgeon with expertise and experience in performing eyelid surgery. Verify their credentials, review their before and after photos to help you visualize potential outcomes of the procedure, read patient reviews, and schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns and expectations. Dr. Dudee is board-certified, has been in practice for almost 25 years, and has successfully performed thousands of eyelid surgeries. See below for some of his before and after photos and feel free to check out his reviews on our homepage. His qualified staff can also address any questions you have and help schedule your consultation. Submit an online request or feel free to give us a call!
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