Many patients have extra skin that droops from the upper eyelid, or bags on the lower eyelids that leave the patient looking tired and the eyes looking puffy. Eyelid contouring (also known as blepharoplasty) is a surgical procedure by Baton Rouge plastic surgeon, Dr. Erick Sanchez, that restores a more youthful, healthy appearance to eyelids and the appearance in general. The extra skin and fat are removed after an incision is made in the natural crease of the upper eyelids. Eyelid surgery at Sanchez Plastic Surgery gives men and women a rejuvenated facial appearance.
Good candidates for eyelid contouring are men or women who demonstrate:
- Bags or puffy bulges under the eyes (fatty deposits)
- Fullness of the upper eyelids (fatty deposits)
- Excess skin diminishing the natural fold of the upper eyelids
- Excess skin and wrinkling of the eyelids
- Impaired vision due to hanging skin on the upper eyelid
What to Expect
Blepharoplasty may either be performed on the upper eyelid only or the lower lid, or both. The most common problem with the upper eyelid is drooping excess skin. Not only does this look unappealing, but it can also obstruct vision for a patient. This is corrected with an incision that is placed along the natural fold of the eyelid and extracting any excess fat and skin. For the lower eyelid, treatment will improve any appearance of bulging and sagging below the eye. Incisions may be made just slightly below the lash line, or a transconjunctival incision may be a better option as the cut is made inside the lower eyelid, which eliminates scarring. Through either incision, fatty tissue and excess skin is removed. A lower lid lift does not necessarily improve the dark circles that may occur under the eyes. In this situation, we may recommend a skin rejuvenation procedure such as laser treatment or a chemical peel to assist with discoloration.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Eyelid surgery is performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. Patients will be sent home and will be advised to keep their heads elevated for the first several days. Bruising and swelling will occur and may last for several weeks. It takes approximately 3-4 weeks for the results to appear. This surgery leads to very minimal scarring due to the location of the incisions. Not only will patients look rejuvenated and refreshed, but also many will have improved vision due to the skin imperfection being removed.
Blepharoplasty averages about $6,000 if both the upper and lower eyelids are addressed. If only one eyelid is addressed, this cost will fluctuate. Because this surgery is considered cosmetic, in most cases, insurance will not apply. However, for some patients where vision was affected, insurance coverage is possible depending on the carrier.
Rejuvenate Your Look!
Blepharoplasty is a common procedure that can make a big difference in someone’s life. For women in particular, putting on makeup can be difficult if hanging skin exists on the upper eyelid, and even with makeup on, the bags and circles under the eyes cannot be improved. Eyelid surgery creates beautiful, soft results that can be long lasting and life changing. For a complete consultation, we encourage you to call our plastic surgery office so that you can visit with our team and learn more..
I researched abdominoplasty for months before I had a consultation with Dr Sanchez and his team. They were so available and patient with me through all of my questions even before I finally secured my surgery date. My husband attended my post op appointment with me and I was so impressed with how attentive Dr Sanchez was while he educated him on what was about to happen. I knew I would be pleased but my results exceeded my expectations and I’m so extremely happy! Thank you Dr Sanchez and team! You have forever changed my life and I’m so grateful! #snatchedbysanchez
Oooh my God where do I start Dr Sanchez and his people are the best they are so friendly and helpful and may I add I love my results thanks for helping me love myself again 💜
Just had my scar removal surgery today
with Dr. Sanchez and I really recommend him and his practice! Dr. Sanchez is extremely honest, helpful, accommodating, and skilled. He is upfront about expectations as well as understanding of a patient’s wants. His bedside manner is collected, patient, and overall just wonderful . . . even when you’re acting a fool like I was lol He also has the most amazing supporting staff. All the girls who helped me during consultation, pre-op, during the operation, and of course when I go for post-op have been nothing short of amazing - you can’t fake the genuine care they have for patients! I really love this plastic surgery clinic and I definitely recommend!!
Dr. Sanchez performed tummy tuck with 360 lipo I am currently 11weeks post op and I cannot thank him enough for the awesome job he done and with the great bedside manner.... prior to choosing Sanchez I consulted with several local physicians and also surgeons in Miami and Dominican Republic. Decided on Sanchez due to his warm and welcoming and patient manner during my initial consultation. My surgery was on a Friday Dr. Sanchez gave my husband his personal cell phone number to contact him if I had any issues over the weekend that itself made me know that i had chosen the right doctor for my procedure..., I have absolutely no complaints about Dr. Sanchez or his entire staff and my results are amazing.
Simply the BEST. If you are checking reviews to make your decision on a Dr. stop here. Dr. Sanchez is hands down the best. My results are amazing, his talent speaks for its self. I look forward to trips to the office, his staff is super friendly and Dr. Sanchez always makes you feel so comfortable. 10/10 all of the time!