Eyelid Surgery Overview
The eyes are the most expressive part of the face, but they are also frequently the first area to show the visible signs of aging. Drooping of the upper lids, deepening crow’s feet, and puffiness or "bags" beneath the eyes can add years to a person’s appearance. Dr. Woodyard offers blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to Baltimore patients desiring eyelid rejuvenation. This surgery addresses the excess skin and tissue from the upper and/or lower eyelids to create a more youthful, awakened appearance. There are numerous techniques available, which will be discussed during the initial consultation.
Eyelid Surgery Reviews
" You always feel comfortable with your decision because you know that Dr. Woodyard truly has your best interest in mind."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Nov 12, 2014
"Dr. Woodyard/Team, Thank you for the wonderful care you and your team have given me during the process of my eye surgery. I love the results!"- J.M. / Other / May 19, 2016
Eyelid Surgery Surgical Technique
Upper Eyelid Surgery
During upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made within the natural fold of the lid and extended outward. The incision will go only as far as needed to remove droopy skin on the outside of the upper eyelid so patients appear younger and more rested. Once the incision is made, excess skin, tissue and, in some cases, a small portion of the orbicularis occuli muscle are removed. The incision is closed with sutures and the scar remains almost completely hidden because of where it resides in the natural crease.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
During lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made along the bottom of the lash line in order to remove loose, excess skin. This also allows the surgeon to remove fat, if necessary, to decrease puffiness. In patients who have puffy lower eyelids but good skin tone, an approach known as a transconjunctival blepharoplasty can be performed. This technique puts the incision inside the lower eyelid rather than outside so only fat is removed. Patients who have dark circles under their eyes will sometimes have a deficiency of fat in these areas. Fat injection or injectable fillers can be used to help fill these soft-tissue deficiencies and thereby smoothe the cheek/eyelid junction.
Eyelid Surgery During/After Surgery
Eyelid surgery can be performed under I.V. sedation or general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. It generally takes about 11/2-3 hours to complete. Following surgery, the area around the eyes will be bruised and swollen. Patients should apply ice packs, keep their heads elevated, and apply moisturizing drops or eye ointment for a few days. Patients comment on the fact that friends and family tell them they look great, but often can’t put a finger on what is different. These subtle, yet dramatic results restore a softer, more youthful appearance.
Eyelid Surgery Expected Cost
The cost for eyelid surgery varies for each patient and will fluctuate depending on whether both the upper and lower eyelids are to be addressed. Patients who undergo a full blepharoplasty, which includes both the upper and lower eyelids, will pay on average between $5,000-$7,000. In some patients where the upper eyelid skin obstructs the view, a portion of the surgery may be covered by medical insurance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Total Cost
- $3,500 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1.5-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
After surgery, scarring is usually not visible because of where the incisions are placed. In the upper eyelid, the incision follows the natural crease of the eyelid. The lower eyelid incision will run just under the eyelashes or inside the eyelid so scarring will usually be inconspicuous.
Eyelid surgery can reduce puffy bags and excess skin and also help to minimize crow’s feet and hooding by removing skin in the outer eyelid area. An alternate, but temporary, approach is to soften the crow's feet with Botox injections. These need to be repeated every 4-6 months for continued correction.