What is a Blepharoplasty?

A blepharoplasty, commonly known as an eyelid lift, is a procedure that improves the appearance of the eyes by revitalizing and correcting either the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. A blepharoplasty can address eyelid drooping, puffiness, under eye bags, and excess wrinkles or fine lines. This procedure can also improve a patient’s vision by correcting upper eyelid drooping that can sometimes impair a patient’s sight.

Am I a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

A blepharoplasty can provide many benefits for a patient, but it is important to set realistic goals and expectations for the outcome of the procedure. You may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery if you’re experiencing any of the following:
– Eyelid puffiness
– Eyelid drooping that impairs vision
– Heavy or excess bags under the eyes
– Deep wrinkles or grooves in the eye area
We also recommend that patients considering the procedure be:
– Free of medical eye conditions such as glaucoma or dry eye. This procedure may make the symptoms of those conditions worse.
– Healthy and nonsmokers. If you smoke, most plastic surgeons will ask that you stop smoking entirely, or stop smoking six weeks prior to your procedure, as well as six weeks post-operation.
– Realistic about their goals and the outcome of the procedure

If you believe you are a good candidate for a blepharoplasty based on the qualifications outlined above, we suggest you schedule a consultation with Dr. Buchanan to discuss the possibility of a blepharoplasty and the added benefits it could bring to your life.

What Does Recovery from a Blepharoplasty Look Like?

After your surgery is completed, your eyes will be covered with gauze, and in some cases, they may be loosely taped up in order to keep the desired shape intact. Moderate to severe swelling is normal, as well as bruising, dry eyes, and general discomfort, which can be mitigated with cold compresses and medication prescribed by Dr. Buchanan prior to the surgery.

Eyeglasses can be worn after the gauze is removed. However, we recommend waiting at least two weeks before attempting to wear contact lenses.

You may experience some sensitivity to light. It’s helpful to keep a pair of dark sunglasses accessible when exposed to the sun or other light sources.

Swelling can last up to six weeks, but most swelling usually subsides rapidly within the first week and bruising is usually gone by 1-2 weeks. Patients can expect to see their final results by 6 weeks post-surgery.


Most patients will see the results of their blepharoplasty by about 6 weeks post-surgery.
Results from this procedure are long-term, and can last up to 15 years or more, depending on your specific procedure.

In order to prolong your results, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and daily practices to delay the natural aging process. Proper sun protection, a daily skincare regimen, and diet and exercise are all lifestyle habits that help keep signs of aging at bay.

How Much Does a Blepharoplasty Cost?

The cost of a blepharoplasty surgery varies significantly depending on the complexity of your case and the geographic location of where the surgery is performed. It’s also important to note that the procedure amount does not reflect additional surgery costs, including:
– Anesthesia fees
– Operating room costs
– Blood or additional medical testing
– Compression garments for post-surgery
– Prescriptions
– Miscellaneous expenses, such as surgeon’s fees

Additionally, the cost of the procedure can be affected by the following circumstances:
– The amount of experience and overall reputation of your surgeon. You’ll find that surgeon’s with many years of experience, or that are highly regarded, will typically cost more.
– The techniques the surgeon uses for the procedure and the complexity of the case.
– Where your surgeon’s practice is located. Typically, larger cities have higher operational costs and are more expensive.

If you’ve considered eyelid surgery, but feel like you are limited financially, speak to Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members about financing options. We do our best to work with each patient by offering financing plans to help her achieve her surgical goals.

Will Insurance Cover My Blepharoplasty?

Insurance companies will only cover a blepharoplasty if it considered medically necessary due to impaired vision. Health insurance companies typically do not cover eyelid surgery for the benefit of cosmetic enhancement. However, you should still do your research before proceeding with this surgery and check with your health insurance provider. It is important to be clear on your financial responsibility before undergoing any surgery.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

During your search for a potential plastic surgeon, you should only consider a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Board-certified surgeons spend a minimum of 6-8 years in training after medical school to ensure that they are well-trained in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
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