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This procedure may be carried out at an outpatient surgical facility or at a hospital. Dr. Engen consults with each patient to determine the best place for the surgery to be performed and whether local or general anesthesia will be used.
Typically, the needed sutures are removed one week following the procedure, and most patients are prescribed antibiotics during the first week as well. Patients should expect some swelling and/or bruising right after the surgery, but this usually disappears in a few days.
Each patient should consult with Dr. Engen before resuming full activity — this is usually possible within one week of the procedure, especially if they follow the instructions given to them after the surgery and during subsequent follow-up visits with Dr. Engen.
The cost of blepharoplasty varies, depending on the complexity of the procedure and the amount of time it will take to perform. Costs normally fall between $2200- $3600. The costs may be reduced if the surgery is performed in conjunction with another procedure under the same anesthesia.
Patients are generally extremely pleased with their blepharoplasty results. Most report looking younger and more refreshed. Patients will notice a decrease in the eyelid fatigue when using the eyes for extreme periods. Finally, if there is significant skin redundancy, patients will have a marked improvement in their field of vision. Patients often comment that friends and acquaintances comment that they look rested and energetic, but often can’t pin down exactly what the physical difference is.
Recovery time varies from patient to patient, but most report full recovery within a few weeks. Sutures are generally removed at one-week post surgery. Patients are instructed to apply cool compresses to their eyelids and keep their head elevated for the first 72 hours post operatively. These recovery tactics can have a significant effect on the amount of time that is needed for full recovery.
This procedure may be covered by your insurance carrier. In most cases, your insurance covers the initial exam, required testing, and the surgical procedure if the redundant skin is determined to be causing visual impairment. Blepharoplasty is an effective and affordable way to reduce the effects of aging on the face.
Blepharoplasty is also referred to as an “eyelid lift”. This term is actually incorrect. The eyelid is actually not surgically lifted during the procedure. However, the upper eyelid will open more by reducing the weight from the excess skin and fat. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat. It can be performed on the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both. In both cases, incisions are made in the natural wrinkles or inner part of the lid to prevent the incisions from being visible.
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