What is blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery (an eyelid lift) improves the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, and hollows beneath the eyes, whether caused by the natural aging process or genetics. To improve a tired, angry, or sad appearance, upper blepharoplasty in Philadelphia at Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery addresses excess skin and re-positions fat to restore a more youthful, wide-eyed appearance.

How is Eyelid Surgery performed?

Lower blepharoplasty is done to improve under-eye bags and bulges by tightening loose muscles, re-positioning fat, and removing excess skin. Complete rejuvenation for the eye area may require the addition of non-surgical procedures as well, such as laser resurfacing and/or dermal fillers.

Dr. Bloom is very careful not to make patients appear unnatural or change the shape of their eyes, and patients love this procedure because it truly makes them look younger and more awake.

What can blepharoplasty address?

  • Drooping skin and/or eyelid puffiness
  • Impaired vision due to excess skin
  • Fine lines around the eyes
  • Under-eye bags and fat bulges
  • Sagging lower eyelids that show white beneath the iris

Am I a candidate for eyelid surgery? 

Men and women who would like to lift and rejuvenate their eyes may be ideal candidates for eyelid surgery. Eyelid surgery candidates should meet the following criteria: 

  • Are generally in good health
  • No serious eye conditions or medical concerns
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations about what this surgery can do for them

Have some or all of the following: 

  • Drooping, sagging eyelids
  • Bags or dark circles under the eyes
  • Puffy skin under the eyes
  • Hooded eyes
  • Limited vision from drooping eyelids
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How much does an eyelid lift cost?

Upper eyelid surgery ranges from $3,000-$4,500, while lower eyelid surgery ranges from $4,500-$6,000 depending on the approach and associated procedures.

“It is amazing to see a patient’s eyes opened up and brightened by blepharoplasty. Because it is so central to the face, eyelid surgery is very technically demanding, and there is zero room for error.” 

Dr. Jason Bloom

Technique

Blepharoplasty can concentrate on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both, depending on the patient’s concerns and needs. For upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Bloom carefully makes an incision in the crease of the eyelid, which is undetectable once healed. For lower blepharoplasty, Dr. Bloom may make the incisions just beneath the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid. Neither incision placement leads to a visible scar. By going through the lower lid or supporting it with a muscle suspension, Dr. Bloom is able to prevent pulling or an unnatural-looking result.

Recovery

Patients often report that recovery from blepharoplasty is easier than they expected, and that they were able to get back to normal life more quickly than they thought. Upper eyelid surgery requires approximately one week of recovery, with the sutures being removed at your one-week follow-up appointment. The recovery period for lower eyelid surgery will depend on if periorbital fat grafting was also performed, but swelling and bruising can be expected for about two weeks. Most patients are able to go out with some makeup at the end of two weeks. 

What to expect during your consultation

Before your blepharoplasty in Bryn Mawr, you will have a consultation with Dr. Bloom so that he can be aware of your aesthetic needs. He has several goals for the consultation. One of these goals is to understand what bothers you about your eyes. Everyone is different, so this is an important question. 

He will also typically show you photos of his previous patients who had similar needs to yours (under-eye bags, loose eyelid muscles, etc.) so that you can see their results. He will also show you photos of previous patients in various stages of recovery so that you will know what to expect and be able to plan your life around your recovery period.

During this meeting, Dr. Bloom will also take you step-by-step through the entire procedure process. Finally, the consultation is the ideal place for you to bring up any questions or concerns you may have.

Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery for blepharoplasty

Dr. Jason Bloom, MD, FACS is a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon serving the Bryn Mawr and Philadelphia area. His practice, Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery, offers a comprehensive facial rejuvenation experience and a positive, friendly, and high-energy atmosphere. The comprehensive nature and synergy of our team provides our patients with unparalleled results. We specialize in offering the most advanced treatments for facial plastic surgery, wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, facial volume loss, double chin fat reduction, and facial aging. Our mission is to deliver to all patients the most advanced cosmetic and facial surgery techniques and technologies, along with the highest level of outcomes in a caring and safe atmosphere.

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