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Eyelid Tuck - Blepharoplasty Surgery (Las Vegas, NV)*

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Overview

Blepharoplasty surgery restores a youthful appearance to the eyelid, and lower eyelid/cheek junction. A loss of volume under the lower eyelid is one concern, and can cause patients to look tired. In some individuals, a droopy upper eyelid is the problem. This occurs when excess tissue and skin collect on the eyelid causing a droopy look. Both of these are common facial concerns that Las Vegas plastic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Khorsandi can correct with blepharoplasty. This surgery, which has become increasingly popular in patients as young as 35, targets excess skin, fat and tissues, and tightens the underlying muscles to create a rejuvenated look.

Surgical Technique

The procedure may either be performed on the upper eyelid only or the lower lid, or both. There will be a difference in approaches when it comes to the upper and lower eyelids but the method is similar: removing any loose skin or tissue, and extracting or repositioning the fat deposit.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

As we age, the elasticity of the upper eyelid is lost, producing sagging of the lid, skin stretching of the muscle, and protrusion of the eyelid fat. The result is often a tired appearance with excessive upper eyelid skin, fat and muscle giving a “droopy”, tired look. In female patients, one of the most common complaints is an inability to wear makeup in the upper eyelids because the makeup often smudges in the excess skin, and a diminished natural eyelid crease.

An upper blepharoplasty is used to correct sagging upper eyelids. During the procedure, a precise incision is placed in the crease of the upper eyelid. Excess skin is removed along with a thing strip of loose muscle, sometimes the herniated fat is removed or cauterized to reduce its size. The skin is then closed with a fine suture. After 5-7 days the suture is gently removed leaving behind a thin scar that is well hidden in the lid crease.

Insurance plans occasionally cover upper blepharoplasty surgery when the upper eyelid skin is so excessive that it disturbs the vision. If you believe you may be a candidate for insurance-covered blepharoplasty you will need to have visual field testing prior to your consultation with Dr. Khorsandi.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

The goal of lower blepharoplasty surgery is to restore a smooth, natural contour to the area beneath the eyes, by correcting puffiness and swelling resulting in a more youthful appearance. Lower eyelid surgery may also improve the tear trough area — the crease running from the inner corner of the eyes to the cheek.

Dr. Khorsandi uses individualized techniques to correct the lower eyelid. Depending on the patient, this may include removing excess fat (if present) and/or repositioning of fat to avoid a hollow appearance. In order to maintain the natural shape of the eyelids, lower lid tightening is sometimes performed. Outpatient, lower eyelid blepharoplasty is most commonly performed under general or local anesthesia with sedation, and may require an overnight stay if combined with other procedures.

Patients may engage in light activity the day after surgery. Sutures, if present, are removed at about 7 days postop. Depending on any accompanying procedures, a return to normal activity may take 1-2 weeks. The facial appearance will improve over the following 4-6 weeks with a resolution of bruising and swelling. Proper skincare and sun protection including sunglasses, are essential during healing.

Expected Cost

The average fee for this surgery is can range from $2,900 to $4,500 if both the lower and upper eyelids are addressed. In most cases, insurance will not cover cosmetic eyelid surgery. However, for some patients, insurance may be applicable. This is usually the case with patients who have their vision affected by a drooping upper eyelid.

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Average Cost  
$4,500 - $9,000
Recovery Time  
1 Week
Average Procedure Time  
2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Week
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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Eyelid Surgery FAQs

Evident Scars?

Eyelid surgery, whether upper or lower, generally does not cause visible scarring. This is because the surgeon takes great care to ensure that the incisions are made within the natural lines and folds of the eyes. Once the surgical healing has passed, the incisions will not be noticeable even to the naked eye.

Wrinkles and Crow's Feet?

Crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles are better treated with procedures such as a facelift, browlift or a cheek lift as the results of the eyelid surgery are confined to the eyelids only. Eyelid surgery can also be combined with a nonsurgical procedure such as BOTOX, which combats wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. An injectable filler can also be effective because it adds volume to hollow areas for a softer, smoother appearance.

Post Surgery Complications?

Complications and irritations after surgery are rare. Patients must strictly adhere to care prescribed by the surgeon to minimize any risks of infection as the eyes can be sensitive after surgery. Patients must always take precaution of protecting the eyes from the sun and wind during the first few weeks of recovery.

Better Eyesight?

Blepharoplasty not only corrects a cosmetic issue, but a functional one as well. Many patients with excess hanging skin on their upper eyelid are able to regain normal vision after surgery. For many, simply applying makeup without maneuvering around the excess skin is refreshing in and of itself.

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