Upper Eyelid Surgery
Plastic surgery to remove excess skin and fat from the upper eyelid can make you look less tired and give you a more youthful appearance. At Princeton Plastic Surgeons we can use advanced techniques that can result in long-term, turning back the clock on your appearance from 8 to 10 years. Natural aging will continue after your eyelid procedure.
Upper Blepharoplasty Technique
The upper eyelid surgery, also known as an upper blepharoplasty, is a procedure that usually involves removing skin, and occasionally removing excess fat and tightening the eyelid muscle. The incisions are hidden in the natural creases or lines in your upper lid.
The specific procedure tailored depending on how much excess tissue you have and no one technique is right for everyone. Someone with a pinch of extra skin may not need as extensive an operation as a person with more advanced signs that include sagging and pockets of fat. Once the incisions around the eyes heal they are almost invisible.
Recovery After Upper Blepharoplasty
You should expect to have some swelling and possibly some bruising around your eyes for a few days. Icing and sleeping with your head elevated on several pillows can help but it will get better and look better than ever before you know it.
You will probably have blurry vision due to swelling the procedure for about a week. If you wear contact lenses, it may be about 1-2 weeks before you can start wearing them again. We recommend wearing polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes when outdoors.
Consider other Procedures with Your Upper Blepharoplasty
In addition to an upper blepharoplasty, you may want to consider other procedures to compliment the appearance. Many patients will also have their lower eyelids addressed at the same time to tighten and eliminate those excess bags. Noninvasive tightening treatments like Ultherapy, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, photofacials or even a facelift can rejuvenate your entire appearance for a fresh new look that is a better version of you.
How Much Does an Upper Blepharoplasty Cost?
Upper eyelid surgery can be performed in the office under local anesthesia or in a surgery center while you are completely asleep. So total fees can range from $2500-$4000. Princeton Plastic Surgeons offer several financing options using CareCredit or Prosper Healthcare Financing to make this available to almost everyone with affordable monthly payments.
Is an Upper Blepharoplasty Covered by Insurance?
This is a commonly asked question. Some people develop so much extra skin above their eyes as they age that it actually obstructs their vision. If you feel this is the case or your eye doctor has documented this problem during an exam then your insurance may cover some or all your expenses. At Princeton Plastic Surgeons we currently only participate with Medicare. However, if you have other insurance our staff can help provide you with any documents that you need to get whatever reimbursement your insurance allows.