The eyes are one of the first parts of our faces that give way to signs of aging. Over time, drooping eyelids, sagging brows, puffy under-eye circles and fatty deposits can form in the delicate eye area, creating a tired appearance. Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, addresses these concerns by removing excess skin and fatty tissue in order to achieve a more youthful and alert appearance.
Dr. Reo Pugao of Martin Plastic Surgery in Las Cruces focuses on facial cosmetic procedures like eyelid surgery to help men and women in Southern New Mexico look and feel their best. Please contact us online or call our office at 575-521-7111 to schedule a consultation today and discuss your specific goals with Dr. Pugao.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery should be in good physical health and have significant brow or eyelid drooping that is unable to be addressed through nonsurgical solutions like BOTOX®. In some cases, eyelid drooping can be so severe that it interferes with your vision, making blepharoplasty an appropriate medical solution.
Many people choose to combine eyelid surgery with other facial procedures, such as a brow lift, facelift or neck lift. During your consultation, Dr. Pugao will listen to your cosmetic goals and assess your facial anatomy to help you decide if blepharoplasty could be the best solution for your individual needs.
Types of Eyelid Surgery
There are two main types of eyelid surgery: upper and lower blepharoplasty. Both procedures can be performed at the same time, although not everyone requires both upper and lower eyelid surgery. After an in-person evaluation, Dr. Pugao can help you decide which could be right for you.
As its name suggests, upper eyelid surgery addresses drooping, excess skin and fatty deposits that affect your upper eyelid area. Some people choose to get upper blepharoplasty on its own, while in other cases, a combination of both upper and lower eyelid surgery could offer more complete results.
Lower eyelid surgery addresses loose skin, puffiness and fine lines and wrinkles in the lower eyelid area. There are several surgical techniques that can be used to perform lower eyelid surgery, and the best choice for you will depend on your specific trouble spots and natural anatomy.
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
The average cost of eyelid surgery in 2018 was $3,163, according to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This number does not include anesthesia, operating room fees or other associated costs. Keep in mind that the cost of your procedure will vary based on the cosmetic surgeon you choose, whether you require both upper and lower blepharoplasty and other factors.
At Martin Plastic Surgery, financing options are available to help make your procedure as affordable as possible.
How do I choose the right cosmetic surgeon for my eyelid surgery near me?
Consider a cosmetic surgeon’s experience performing both upper and lower eyelid surgeries, as well as his or her medical background and training. Once you’ve verified credentials, schedule a consultation with your top one or two picks to help you decide.
What is the best eyelid surgery option for me?
The decision to get upper or lower eyelid surgery or both will significantly depend on your unique goals, trouble areas and the natural anatomy of your eyes and eyelids. The best way to determine which technique could be right for you is to sit down with Dr. Pugao to discuss your specific needs in detail.
Is eyelid surgery painful?
Eyelid surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia, so you will not feel any pain during the procedure. Afterward, most people report experiencing only minor pain and discomfort. Dr. Pugao will prescribe you oral pain medication, but some people find that over-the-counter remedies are sufficient.
How long does it take to recover from blepharoplasty?
Although individual recovery times vary, most people return to work and other daily activities within 7 to 10 days after blepharoplasty. Light exercise can typically be resumed around weeks 2 and 3. By week four, you should be able to get back to your normal workout schedule.