Virginia Beach, VA Eyelid Lift Surgery
The eyes, often called the “lamp” of the body, are the most expressive part of the face. With aging or as a result of heredity, many individuals develop baggy eyelids, puffiness or even impaired vision from hooding of the upper eyelids. The facial expressions change and you may begin to look tired, fatigued, sad or even angry even though you’re not. Today, because of the competitive workplace and the tremendous interest in anti-aging, men and women alike are having eyelid plastic surgery at The Choe Center in Hampton Roads, Virginia to remove those unwanted signs of aging and to rejuvenate the eye area. We have also included in our readers’ section to your right some common procedures that clients have performed by Dr. Choe in addition to the eyelid lift surgery.
The eyelid lift, also referred to as eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic eye surgery in which excess skin and fat are removed from either the upper or lower eyes in order to improve an aged, tired or sad appearance. The procedure may be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids or both. Upper eyelid surgery is ideal for fpatients with excess skin or fat in their upper eyelid area, while lower eyelid surgery can help patients with excess skin or “bags” under the eyes.
Dr. Kyle Choe performs Virginia Beach eyelid surgery at the Choe Center’s AAAHC-accredited in-office surgery center. IV sedation is used and surgical times average 1 to 1 ½ hours. For upper eyelid surgery, the incision is made in the lid crease of the upper eyelid. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision is made inside of the lower eyelid or just under the eyelashes. These incision locations minimize resultant scars. Working through the incisions, Dr. Choe will remove an appropriate amount of skin and fat and then perform a meticulous closure of the incision using a very fine needle.
The eyelid surgery recovery takes approximately one week. During this time, patients may experience some swelling, bruising and discomfort. Other side effects may include dry eye, itching or burning of the eye, tearing, sensitivity to light, and blurred or double vision. Stitches are removed three to four days after surgery. Most patients find that they are well enough to return to work within one week of their eyelid lift surgery, though more strenuous activities will need to be postponed for two to three weeks.
Cosmetic eye surgery is one of the most common procedures performed by Dr. Choe. To ensure the best possible results for your Virginia beach eyelid surgery, Dr. Choe will personally see you for all post-op appointments, including suture removal. Call today to learn more about eyelid lift surgery or to schedule a consultation: (757) 389-5850.
Benefits of Eyelid Lift Surgery
* Blepharoplasty corrects droopiness, puffiness and bags
* Restores contour to the eye area
* Removes “hoods” that impair vision
* Can be combined with other facial plastic surgery procedures, see below
* Is one of the most common surgeries done today
* Blepharoplasty eliminates that tired, angry or sad look
Eyelid Lift Surgery Frequently Asked Questions:
Will I feel any pain during surgery? No. During your cosmetic eye surgery, you will be asleep and not hear, see or feel anything.
How long will my eyelid surgery take? The time varies with each patient since most patients decide to combine eyelid plastic surgery with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as skin resurfacing for wrinkles or a browlift to totally enhance that part of the face. It can also be combined with mid-face, mini-face or full facelifts and necklifts.
Is this a painful surgery? No. Most of our patients use the word “discomfort” more than pain. There is always some discomfort with any surgical procedure, but this is easily managed with oral pain medication and goes away a little more each day.
How long before I will be able to return to work or normal activities? Depending upon the extent of your surgery, your eyelid surgery recovery should take about one week and you should be presentable to return to work within 5-7 days. If you have an endobrow lift or combine your eyelid surgery with a facelift, plan on 2-3 weeks. You will not be allowed to do any strenuous activity for a few weeks until healing is complete. This includes lifting, straining, etc.
Is there much swelling and bruising? There will be some swelling and bruising during your eyelid surgery recovery, however we try to minimize this by having you take Arnica (a naturopathic herb that helps prevent bruising) and by using cold packs and elevating the head.
How much does eyelid surgery cost? While the eyelid surgery cost will vary according to several factors, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) listed the average cost for blepharoplasty in 2009 as $3,736.
What is Asian eyelid surgery? Asian eyelid surgery is a procedure which reshapes the eyelid of Asian patients to create an upper eyelid crease, or “double eyelid”.
What does a eyelid lift cost in Virginia Beach? At the Choe Center in Virginia, a blepharoplasty (or eyelid lift) can range between $2500 to $4500, including anesthesia fees. Remember though, individual patient needs will often vary significantly. For the most accurate figure, come in for an individualized consult with Dr. Choe.
What is laser blepharoplasty? Laser blepharoplasty is a variation of traditional eyelid surgery in which a laser is used to create the incision as opposed to a traditional knife or scalpel.