Understanding Blepharoplasty: How Eyelid Surgery Can Improve Appearance and Vision
There are a few reasons why people undergo eye lift surgery. For some it is purely cosmetic, as sagging and drooping eyelids can make eyes appear smaller and can cause people to look older than they prefer. It can also lead to bags under the eye, creating a tired or sickly look. However, this process is not always cosmetic. When upper eyelids sag dramatically over the eye, a condition known as ptosis, they can reduce vision and cause pressure and pain on the eye and cause stress to the muscles in the forehead. Eyelid surgery is also needed to repair ectropion, a disorder where the eyelid is turned out, causing irritation.
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery in Gainesville
Transconjunctival blepharoplasty reduces the puffy appearance beneath the eye. For this procedure, Dr. Nesmith will make an incision in the lower lid and remove some of the fat. This surgery avoids cutting into the skin on the face, making recovery faster and reducing the chance of scarring.
Depending on how much work is performed during an upper eyelid surgery, patients are given either a local anesthetic or general anesthesia. If it is decided that general anesthesia is to be used, as is often the case with double eyelid surgery,patients will be advised about not eating or drinking prior to the surgery as well as be required to have transportation home afterwards. In almost every instance, the procedure is done on an outpatient basis with no hospital stay required.
Benefits of Eye Lift Surgery
Following eye lift surgery, many patients feel more comfortable and confident because there is diminished stress on the muscles of the forehead as well as less pressure on the eye itself. Prior to cosmetic surgery in Gainesville, FL, prospective patients should review our before and after photos to see what is possible and what to expect for a final result. It is important to remember that every person is a little different, but with the experienced and professional techniques provided by Dr. Nesmith, every patient should feel reassured that they will receive the results they are hoping for. Dr. Nesmith has 25 years of experience in the field, with training in oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Blepharoplasty Recovery Times
Most patients are able to recover from eyelid surgery with only over-the-counter pain relievers. Patients are required to apply ice over the eyes for the first 48 hours after the procedure to relieve discomfort and reduce swelling. The ice only needs to be applied for about 10 minutes every few hours. After this length of time, it is suggested to switch to warm compresses to help encourage faster healing. Expect to need anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to recover completely. During the healing process, patients should be careful when washing the face and avoid applying any cosmetics.
Eye Lift Procedure Costs
Most Gainesville plastic surgery procedures are generally not covered by insurance providers unless there is a medical need. It is important to contact the insurer before any procedure to make certain it will be covered, otherwise the patient is responsible for the costs of the surgery. Eyelid surgery costs vary for the procedure itself, with other charges for hospital rooms, anesthesia and other expenses possible. Whether one or both eyelids are being repaired and many other factors can affect the total cost.
At Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center, we strive to help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted. Whether you are having difficulty seeing due to drooping skin or are unhappy with fatty tissue deposits and wrinkles around your eyes, contact us to schedule a consultation.