An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a type of cosmetic procedure that can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids. Upper eyelid surgery is done to remove sagging and drooping skin over the eyelids as well as fix puffy eyes. Lower eyelid surgery removes wrinkles and bags under the eyes.
A good candidate for blepharoplasty is usually someone aged 40 to 60. In this group, excessive drooping and sagging of eyelid skin, puffy eyes, bags under the eyes, etc. are all visible signs of aging. These are all fixed by procedure to enhance a youthful look.
The procedure takes 1-3 hours to perform. In an upper type, the incision is made along the length of the natural eyelid fold. This allows skin and fat to be removed easily and reduces visible scarring. In the lower type, the incision made is either transcutaneous or transconjunctivital. The type of incision used depends on how much excess skin needs to be removed. Lower eyelid surgeries can be combined with a cheek lift using a transcutaneous incision for a smoother contour.
Asian eyelid surgery, also called double, is a type of surgery done for those of Asian descent. The unique structure of Asian eyes features single eyelids with an absent upper eyelid crease. Double eyelid surgery creates an upper eyelid crease by correcting the epicanthal fold of the eye.
The procedure costs between $2,000 to $5,000, on average. Blepharoplasties can be either cosmetic or functional. Cosmetic surgeries simply improve the appearance of the eyelids and skin while functional blepharoplasties are done for medical reasons. For example, the drooping of the skin on the eyelid may be so severe that it impairs vision. Functional blepharoplasties can be covered by your health insurance, but cosmetic surgeries usually have to be paid for out of pocket.