It’s a fact of life that as we age, we begin to notice some unwelcome changes in our bodies. For most people, these changes don’t cause major concern, but there are some issues that can be very bothersome, such as the formation of puffy bags under the eyes. The good news is that you may be able to improve the appearance of your eyes with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). However, this procedure isn’t for everyone, and you should speak with your doctor about whether or not it’s right for you.
What are Eye Bag Removal Procedures?
Eye bag removal procedures involve removing excess skin and fat that cause bags to form under the eyes. Some common eye bag removal procedures are upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, lateral canthopexy and periorbital fat repositioning. Many different types of incisions are used in these procedures, including endoscopic incisions for more localized surgery.
What is Blepharoplasty?
It’s an age-old problem—those bags under your eyes. They’ve bothered humans for centuries, but now there’s a solution. Known as blepharoplasty, this surgery is designed to remove excess skin and fat from around the eye. Not only does it help rid you of those pesky bags, but it can also provide more length and shape to your eyelids in general.
What Should I Expect After My Procedure?
Eyelid surgery is a very safe and effective operation. You should expect to experience some bruising, swelling, and minor pain for a few days post-surgery. Patients often need some help taking care of themselves following surgery, especially if they are unable to raise their head off the bed while they sleep. This typically lasts 2-3 weeks.
How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost?
This particular procedure can cost up to $6000, but if you compare this number to other surgeries in the same category, it might not be as expensive. For example, an abdominoplasty that typically costs between $8000-$10,000. If you compare those numbers with what you might spend on a car, it may seem more reasonable.
How Long Will My Results Last?
The longevity of a patient’s results will depend on a variety of factors, including age, overall health, skin type and elasticity, past skin treatments (Botox, fillers), and smoking. The average patient can expect to see results that last anywhere from 8-24 months.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
If you’re suffering from dark circles, deep wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes that are aging you, blepharoplasty could be a solution. Basically, this procedure removes and repositions sagging skin that has been accumulating over time as we age. Since there is so much hanging skin it looks like we have permanent dark circles underneath our eyes even if they are temporary.
When Can I Have The Procedure Done?
The recovery process for this surgery is usually no more than a few days, depending on how uncomfortable you are feeling. In some cases, the pain and discomfort is comparable to a dental procedure. There will be some swelling and bruising around your eyes that can last anywhere from three to five days, so it’s best to not go out much in this time period. Other than these minor symptoms, people usually have a feeling of relief after going through eyelid surgery.
What Other Things Should I Know Before Having an Eye Bag Removal Procedure?
If you’re considering eyelid surgery to help get rid of those bags under your eyes, there are a few things you should know before getting this procedure. One is that there is not necessarily a way to prevent wrinkles from forming in these areas again, though for some people it can take about two years for this to happen after surgery.