About Eyelid Surgery
The eyes are one of the first physical features we notice about another person, and they play a key role in how others perceive us. Called "the windows of the soul" for a reason, a wealth of information and emotions can be conveyed through the human eyes. Unfortunately, the aging process can make our eyes appear tired and sad over time, inaccurately reflecting the vibrant person that lies within. This happens because an abundance of skin above or under the eyes can create an aging look. To address this issue and renew the appearance of your most unique feature, board-certified plastic surgeon Roderick M. Urbaniak, M.D. offers blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid surgery) to remove excess skin and lift the upper or lower eyelid. This procedure can help reverse the effects that aging and sun exposure have on the appearance of the eyes, which creates a younger and awakened facial appearance for men and women alike. Countless patients undergo eyelid surgery at Urbaniak Plastic Surgery to reduce puffy bulges, leading to an improved function and appearance. Upper and lower eyelid surgery creates a fresh, youthful look and can produce subtle yet striking improvements. If you're interested in rejuvenating your eyes with an eye lift to remove excess skin, schedule a consultation with Dr. Roderick Urbaniak at his office in Largo, FL. At our cosmetic office, we treat patients from all across the greater Clearwater area and beyond.
Eyelid surgery is a cosmetic procedure that is sought out by both men and women. During your private consultation, treatment alternatives will be discussed with Dr. Roderick Urbaniak based on the concerns that need to be addressed. In most cases, ideal candidates are impaired by excess, hanging skin and folds above their eyes or bulging skin below bottom eyelid. These conditions can cause vision impairment that can hinder of daily life. For a rejuvenated appearance, eyelid surgery may be the right procedure for you. If you have loose skin that droops on the upper eyelid or bulges and puffiness under the eyes, blepharoplasty can correct this to give you a younger appearance.
There are also a number of procedures that can be combined with eyelid surgery to improve the appearance of the eyes. Extra skin and fat in the eyelids can be removed or reshaped, the youthful tone and shape of the lower eyelid can be rejuvenated, the hollow cheek area (tear trough) under the eyes can be filled, and the position and shape of the eyebrows can be corrected as well. During your consultation, Dr. Urbaniak can discuss the options that are best suited to your individual needs. Many people considering eyelid surgery also may be good candidates for a brow lift or face lift procedure.
Depending on the complexity of the blepharoplasty, general anesthesia or IV sedation will be administered to the patient. This cosmetic procedure may be done on the upper eyelid alone, the bottom eyelid, or a combination of both upper and lower.
Upper blepharoplasty serves to diminish the hanging of skin that droops over the eye to create a more appealing eyelid appearance. An incision is usually made along the lash line or crease to trim away tissue and fat.
Lower eyelid surgery is performed to reduce puffy skin under the lower eyelid. The incision is placed just under the lash line to allow access to remove fatty tissue. From there, the skin is delicately lifted to produce a smoother look. In some cases, a nonsurgical laser treatment can be applied to assist with discoloration, while dermal fillers can be used for added smoothness if necessary.
What to Expect
Eyelid surgery can last up to two hours based on whether one or both eyes are treated. After the procedure, you should expect to take a few days to rest and avoid strenuous activities. Ice packs can help reduce bruising and swelling. The results from eyelid surgery can last years; however, though they are lasting, the aging process will still continue. To complement your surgical outcomes, other facial rejuvenation treatments at Urbaniak Plastic Surgery like lasers, chemical peels, and fillers can be paired to create an overall fresher appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Cosmetic eyelid surgery costs can vary depending on whether you are having an upper eyelid lift, lower, or both. As soon as your treatment plan has been developed during your consultation, Dr. Roderick Urbaniak will be able to discuss estimated costs. To make it easy for you to afford a great eyelid lift by a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, Urbaniak Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods. We can also help you find low-interest financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
If loose skin is limiting your vision, your insurance may pay for part of your eyelid lift. Please let Dr. Urbaniak know during your consultation if you might be using your insurance. Our billing specialist at Urbaniak Plastic Surgery will help you get the needed information and paperwork so your insurance company can process your claim. Typically, you will need a diagnosis from an optometrist or ophthalmologist stating that an eyelid lift is necessary to improve your vision.
What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
An eyelid lift not only helps to refresh your appearance, it can also improve other aspects of your life. You may find your field of vision expanding when hanging skin from your upper eyelid is removed. It can also be easier to apply eye makeup when your eyelid is smooth. Eliminating fine lines, "crepey" skin, puffy bags, and dark circles under your eyes can make your eyes look brighter and fuller without cosmetics.
Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Forehead wrinkles and crow's feet may be better addressed with a facelift or brow lift since the results of the eyelid surgery are confined to the eyelids only. Eyelid surgery can be combined with a nonsurgical procedure, such as BOTOX, which combats wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. An injectable filler can also be effective because it adds volume to hollow areas for a fuller appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Urbaniak will create your customized treatment plan based on your goals.
What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Skin tightening with injectable treatments (such as Restylane, Juvéderm, and BOTOX) can provide some improvements. However, if you have moderate to severe sagging skin or crave long-lasting results, an eyelid lift would serve your interests better than a nonsurgical alternative. After you have talked to Dr. Urbaniak about your concerns and goals for your eyes, he can explain his recommendations for your nonsurgical or surgical treatment plan. He may suggest both surgical and nonsurgical procedures to achieve your best results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 4 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 hours
If you are having a hard time seeing due to hanging skin on the upper eyelid, or if you suffer from puffy bags under your eyes, then receiving blepharoplasty at Urbaniak Plastic Surgery may be ideal for you and your goals. This surgery can help you look youthful and awakened and act as a gorgeous solution to your vision impairment concerns. We invite you to contact our office in Largo, FL to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roderick Urbaniak.