Blepharoplasty (Cosmetic Upper or Lower Eyelid Lift Surgery) – St. Petersburg, FL

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About Eyelid Surgery

A person's eyes are a beautiful component of the face that deserves to be shown, but sometimes an excess of skin above or under the eyes can create an aging facial appearance. Plastic surgeon Dr. John J. O'Brien Jr. offers eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) to remove excess skin and lift the lower or upper eyelid, creating a softer look. So many men and women undergo eyelid surgery at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery to reduce puffy bulges, leading to improved functionality and facial appearance. Upper and lower eyelid surgery creates a fresh, youthful appearance and can give you natural yet noticeable improvements. If you're interested in refreshing your eyes with an eye lift to remove excess skin, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. O'Brien at his practice in St. Petersburg, FL.

Ideal Candidates

Eyelid surgery is a facial cosmetic enhancement that is sought out by both women and men. During your private consultation, treatment options will be discussed with Dr. O'Brien based on your symptoms that need to be corrected. In most cases, ideal candidates are frustrated with excess, hanging skin and folds above their eyes, or bulging skin just under the bottom eyelid. These irregularities can cause vision impairment that can get in the way of daily activities. For a more awake appearance, blepharoplasty may be the appropriate procedure for you. If you have loose skin that droops on the upper eyelid, or bags and circles under the eyes, blepharoplasty can correct this to provide you with a younger appearance.

Surgical Technique

Depending on the complexity of the eyelid surgery, some form of anesthesia will be given. This procedure may be done on the top eyelid by itself, on the bottom eyelid, or a blend of both upper and lower.

  • Upper
    Upper eyelid surgery assists in diminishing the hanging of skin that impairs vision to produce a more appealing eyelid appearance. The incision point is often placed along the lash line or crease to trim away tissue and fat.
  • Lower
    Lower eyelid surgery is performed to improve puffy skin under the lower lid. In most cases, an incision is placed just under the lash line to surgically remove fatty tissue, and the skin is delicately lifted to produce a smoother look. Sometimes, a nonsurgical laser procedure may be applied to help with discoloration, while dermal fillers can be used for added smoothness if necessary.

What to Expect

Blepharoplasty can take up to two hours based on whether both eyes or one is treated. After the procedure, you should expect a few days to rest and avoid strenuous activities. Ice packs can assist in reducing bruising and swelling. The outcomes from blepharoplasty may last a decade or longer, but while they are long lasting, aging does not stop. To complement your surgical outcomes, facial rejuvenation treatments at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery such as lasers, chemical peels, and fillers can be added to create a fresh appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Cosmetic eyelid surgery costs will vary based on whether you're getting a lower eyelid lift, upper, or both. As soon as your surgical plan is developed in your initial consultation, Dr. O'Brien can then discuss cost estimates. For results that look natural and last for many years, it's better to concentrate on selecting an experienced plastic surgeon whom you are comfortable with, like Dr. O'Brien, rather than looking for the lowest cost. To help you afford great results, our practice accepts several payment methods, including low-interest financing.

Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
When loose skin is limiting your sight, your insurance might cover some of your blepharoplasty. Please talk to Dr. O'Brien in your initial consultation if you might be applying for an insurance claim. A team member at our office can help you submit the required paperwork and information to your provider to consider your claim. Typically, you will require a letter from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that blepharoplasty is medically necessary to restore your vision.

What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
An eyelid lift doesn't just help to rejuvenate your face, it can also give you other benefits. You may discover your vision field is greater once excess skin on your upper eyelid is gone. It is also easier to put on eye shadow and other makeup once your upper lid is smooth. Getting rid of fine lines, paper-thin skin, dark circles, and puffy bags on your lower eyelid may help your eyes appear fuller and brighter without a lot of makeup.

Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Forehead wrinkles and crow's feet might be better addressed with a brow lift or facelift since the improvements of blepharoplasty are limited to the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty may be performed with a nonsurgical treatment like BOTOX, which can smooth wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. Wrinkle fillers, like Juvéderm or Restylane, may help to add volume for a fuller appearance. In your initial consultation, Dr. O'Brien will develop your custom treatment plan to fit your goals.

What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Skin tightening without surgery plus injectable treatments (such as Juvéderm, Restylane, and BOTOX) may give you mild improvements. Although, if you want to fix moderate to severe loose skin or would like to see results that last a long time, eyelid surgery is better for your needs. When you tell Dr. O'Brien about your needs and goals, he will give you his suggestions for a surgical or nonsurgical treatment plan. He might also recommend both nonsurgical and surgical procedures for ideal results.

Younger-Looking Eyes

If you are having a hard time seeing due to hanging skin on your upper eyelids, or you are frustrated by bulging bags underneath your eyes, then blepharoplasty at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery may be the answer for you. This surgery can allow you to look and feel youthful and awakened while offering a gorgeous answer to your vision impairment concerns. We encourage you to contact our office in St. Petersburg, FL to schedule a consultation with Dr. O'Brien.

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