Drooping upper eyelids, hooded eyes, deep creases and bags under the eyes, and sagging skin can make the eyes look heavy, tired, and less youthful. The eye area is particularly delicate and susceptible to aging from sun damage, genetics, fat loss, stress, or smoking. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a very popular cosmetic procedure that helps patients restore the youthful appearance of their eyes.

Our highly experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons have performed thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. We invite you to book a consultation to discuss your goals and treatment options.

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Eyelid surgery benefits:

  • Improved peripheral vision

  • More youthful eye shape

  • Tightened under eye skin

  • More rested eyes

  • Improved confidence

Eyelid surgery can dramatically improve the appearance of your face by restoring a youthful and more alert eye shape and smooth under eye area. The procedure also has functional benefits, particularly in patients where the upper eyelid is drooping over the eye, obstructing their field of vision. Poor eyelid surgeries result in visible scarring or asymmetry. Our goal is to ensure that your natural beauty, eye shape, and facial contours remain intact so that you look better, not different.

Before your blepharoplasty, we’ll set up a consultation and talk about your desired outcomes, anatomy, and medical history. We’ll take photographs and measurements, and will recommend a treatment based on your surgical goals. We’ll also discuss the eyelid surgery procedure, anesthesia, potential complications and risks, anticipated recovery, and the healing process.

Your optometrist or ophthalmologist may perform visual field testing and eye exams to support insurance claims. Upper eyelid surgery is often covered by insurance, particularly when the patient’s eyelids significantly obstruct their visual field.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Patients who seek upper eyelid surgery often have drooping eyelid folds above the eye. These excess tissue folds may obstruct their vision, or it could just be a cosmetic concern. Hooded, sagging eyelids droop down below the brow bone, making eyes look more narrow, puffy, or tired. During upper eyelid surgery, we remove extra skin and fat and correct any asymmetry in the upper eyelid crease.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Wrinkly, puffy, or sagging under eye bags are common as we age. During lower eyelid surgery, we remove or reposition fat deposits seated under the lower eyelid to smooth out and tighten the under eye area. This is often combined with laser resurfacing to further tighten the skin and remove fine wrinkles. Lower eyelid surgery is the most effective and long-lasting method for treating under eye bags.

Double Eyelid Surgery

During double eyelid surgery, we combine upper and lower eyelid surgeries to rejuvenate the entire eye area. At Plastic Surgeons of Northern Arizona, we provide discounts for subsequent cosmetic procedures. Booking double eyelid surgery is more cost-effective than standalone surgeries and reduces recovery time.

What to Expect

The entire blepharoplasty procedure takes around one hour, and you can go home the same day. Please ask somebody to drive you home, because you won’t be able to operate a vehicle after anesthesia.

Sedation and Surgery

Upper eyelid surgery can be performed under local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia. Lower eyelid surgery is usually performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. For upper eyelid surgery, we’ll make a discreet incision in the upper eyelid’s natural crease. During lower eyelid surgery, we’ll make an incision inside the lower eyelid. In some patients, we’ll need to excise excess lower eyelid skin through an incision just below the lash line. We’ll excise excess skin and fat while addressing asymmetry. Finally, we’ll close the incisions with sutures and will see you in a week to remove them.

Directly following surgery you may experience temporary blurred vision, watering eyes, or double vision. This is from the ointment that we put in your eyes during surgery. Our eyelid surgery patients usually feel ready to return to work and normal activities within a week or two. It’s important to follow proper blepharoplasty aftercare instructions. Some swelling and bruising are common.

Medical Review: This procedural information has been medically reviewed by plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Brian A. Cripe, M.D.

Eyelid Surgery Before and After Photos

For privacy, we reserve the majority of before and after photos for viewing during in-office consultations. The cases presented are representative and shared with permission.

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Eyelid Surgery Recovery and Aftercare

To optimize healing, we ask our patients to follow these recovery guidelines after their blepharoplasty. If you notice increased redness, discharge, or pain near your incision, please give us a call right away.

  • Incision Aftercare: Be gentle with your incisions and don’t rub your eyes. You want to keep the area dry and clean. If your stitches are dissolvable, they’ll disappear on their own. If we use sutures, we’ll see you a week post-op to remove them.

  • Cold Compress: On the day of your surgery, apply a clean damp gauze or washcloth with cool water to the eyes for 15-minute intervals – 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off. On day two, apply these compresses for 15 minutes at a time, five times during the day.

  • Medications: You’ll be prescribed an antibiotic eye ointment to promote healing and protect the incisions from infection. For pain control, take Tylenol and/or Advil.

  • Contacts: Don’t wear contacts for two weeks after surgery.

  • Bathing and Swimming: You can shower 48 hours after surgery, but don’t submerge your face in the water for three to four weeks.

  • Makeup: Avoid wearing makeup on or around the eyes until you’re cleared by your surgeon. We usually recommend two weeks. Consider replacing old makeup, particularly liquid eyeliner or mascara, to further prevent infection.

  • Exercise: Take it easy for at least a week and avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting.

  • Laser Treatments: Laser treatments to the under eye can help improve tightening and give the skin a more youthful appearance by promoting collagen and elastin production.

Eyelid Surgery FAQs

The national average procedural cost of blepharoplasty is around $4,000, plus charges for surgical facilities, anesthesia, and medications. Prices can vary based on your plastic surgeon. Please set up a consultation with one of our surgeons to learn more about the procedure and to receive a personalized quote.

Good eyelid surgery candidates are healthy, nonsmokers, and don’t have any medical conditions that would disrupt healthy wound healing processes. BMI is also a factor we consider. When you meet with one of our surgeons for your eyelid surgery consultation, we will discuss your goals and anatomy to determine which cosmetic procedures would be best suited to meet your unique needs.

Some eyelid surgery patients combine their procedure with a brow lift, full facelift, mini facelift, or neck lift. At Plastic Surgeons of Northern Arizona, we provide discounts for subsequent cosmetic procedures. Booking multiple facial cosmetic procedures at once is much more affordable than standalone surgeries, and reduces recovery time.

At our practice, we offer interest-free financing options through Care Credit and PatientFi.
Non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as Botox, dermal fillers, laser skin rejuvenation, and microneedling can improve the facial skin texture and promote cellular turnover. However, results from these procedures are temporary and will not reverse visible signs of aging in the eye areas as effectively as eyelid surgery. Our highly trained and experienced aestheticians also offer chemical peels, dermaplaning, facials, and hydrafacials.

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  • Laser Skin Resurfacing

  • Mini Facelift

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