ABOUT EYELID SURGERY
A person’s eyes say a lot about them, but sometimes an excess of skin on top or around the eyes can say the wrong thing. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Aric Aghayan performs eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) to lift and tighten the lower or upper eyelid, creating a younger and more awake appearance. Cosmetic eyelid surgery at Après Plastic Surgery corrects sagging skin, leading to better vision and overall appearance. Whether upper or lower, eyelid surgery creates a softer, younger appearance and can give you natural yet noticeable improvements. If you are interested in refreshing your eyes by removing excess skin, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aghayan at his practice in Portland, OR.
Blepharoplasty is a facial cosmetic enhancement that is popular among both women and men. During your initial consultation, treatment options will be provided by Dr. Aghayan based on your concerns. Most often, ideal candidates are impaired by excess skin and folds on the upper eyelid or puffy skin just under the bottom eyelid. These irregularities can cause functional problems that can get in the way of everyday activities. If you have excess, hanging skin on the upper eyelid, or bulges and puffiness under the eyes, blepharoplasty can fix this to provide you with a softer appearance.
Depending on your eyelid surgery options, local or general anesthesia will be used. You may choose to have upper or lower blepharoplasty or a combination of both.
Upper eyelid surgery assists in reducing the loose of skin that impairs vision to produce a more flattering look. The incision point is often placed along the natural crease to remove excess skin and tissue.
Lower blepharoplasty is performed to improve bulging, bloated skin underneath the lower lid. In most cases, an incision is made below the lash line to surgically remove fat and the skin is gently lifted to create a flatter, smoother look.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Blepharoplasty can take up to two hours, depending on whether both eyes or one is treated. After surgery, you should allow several days to rest. Cold compresses can help with swelling, bruising, and discomfort. You should be able to see some improvements once the swelling and bruising fade in 1 – 2 weeks with final results appearing after a few months. With proper care, your results should last for a long time.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Eyelid surgery costs will vary based on whether you’re getting a lower eyelid lift, upper, or both. Once your surgical plan is created in your initial consultation, Dr. Aghayan can talk to you about cost estimates. For results that look natural and last for many years, it’s better to concentrate on finding an experienced plastic surgeon whom you are comfortable with, like Dr. Aghayan, rather than looking for the lowest cost. To help you afford great results, Après Plastic Surgery takes several payment methods, including low-interest medical financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
When excess skin is compromising your sight, your health insurance might cover some of your blepharoplasty. Please talk to Dr. Aghayan in your initial consultation if you may be applying for an insurance claim. A team member at Après Plastic Surgery can help you submit the required paperwork and information to your provider to consider your claim. In most cases, you will require a letter from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that blepharoplasty is medically necessary to restore your field of vision.
What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Blepharoplasty doesn’t just help to rejuvenate your face, but it can also give you other benefits. You may discover your vision field is greater once hanging skin on your upper eyelid is gone. It is also much 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?
Crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles might be better treated with a brow lift or facelift as the improvements of blepharoplasty are limited to the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty may also 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 softer, smoother appearance. In your initial consultation, Dr. Aghayan will develop your unique treatment plan to fit your needs and goals.
What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Nonsurgical skin tightening plus injectable wrinkle treatments (like Restylane, Juvéderm, 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. Once you tell Dr. Aghayan about your needs and goals, he will give you his suggestions for a surgical or nonsurgical treatment plan. He might also recommend combining both nonsurgical and surgical procedures for ideal results.
If your vision is impaired from excess skin on your upper eyelids, or you are frustrated by bulging bags underneath your eyes, then cosmetic eyelid surgery at Après Plastic Surgery may be the answer for you. This treatment can allow you to look younger and more alert while offering a beautiful solution to any vision impairment. We encourage you to call our office in Portland, OR to make a consultation with Dr. Aric Aghayan.