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Blepharoplasty
In New Orleans

What is Blepharoplasty?

minimize the signs of aging

Also known as eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty is a type of surgery that addresses changes due to aging in the eyelids. As the skin loses elasticity, the eyelids begin to droop, which can result in feeling like you look tired or angry all the time, even if you aren’t. Blepharoplasty works to minimize the signs of aging by removing extra skin on the eyelids. Sometimes, extra fat around the eyes can also contribute to bags around the eyes and needs to be removed as well. This surgery can be done separately for your lower or upper eyelids or performed on both at the same time.

Benefits of Blepharoplasty

improvement in your eyesight

As our body produces less and less collagen, our skin becomes less firm, causing it to sag and wrinkle. As a result, we experience changes in our appearance - particularly around our eyes. Droopy eyelids, bags, and puffy eyes all begin to occur and can give us a tired appearance. By undergoing upper or lower blepharoplasty, you can begin to reverse these changes and restore a younger-looking profile. In some cases, blepharoplasty can even contribute to improvement in your eyesight, as extra skin can sometimes hood over the eyes.

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Am I a Candidate for Blepharoplasty in New Orleans?

If you are interested in having surgery to correct drooping eyelids or bags under your eyes, blepharoplasty may be the right choice for you.

It’s important to book a consultation with Dr. Melancon to discuss whether you are eligible. This includes reviewing your medical history to determine if there are any kinds of eye disease that affect the stability of your eyes for surgery. Common conditions that can preclude you from being a candidate include glaucoma or dry eye, but this will be discussed during your consultation. Most patients will also need to get eye clearance from an eye doctor prior to surgery, to ensure that you don’t have any unwanted side effects.

Lower Blepharoplasty

In this surgery, your lower eyelids are addressed to target wrinkles, sagging skin, and/or bags under your eyes.

Upper Blepharoplasty

In this surgery, your upper eyelids are addressed, correcting skin that may be hanging down and blocking your sight or hooding over your eyes. This surgery is different from a brow lift, which lifts the eyebrow, not the eyelid. In some people, both an upper blepharoplasty and brow lift need to be done together to achieve the best results.

The Blepharoplasty Procedure

Excess skin and or tissue will be removed

This surgery is an outpatient treatment, which means you should be able to go home once the surgery is done. Unless it is done with other surgeries, in general, you will not need full anesthesia but can have these surgeries done under local anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The surgery can take up to three hours to complete, depending on whether you have upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both.

It’s also possible to combine this with other surgeries, including ptosis correction and a brow lift. During the procedure, Dr. Melancon will create crescent-shaped incisions on the eyelid(s) being treated (upper, lower, left, right, or all). Excess skin and or tissue will then be removed, after which the incision(s) will be sutured closed. Sometimes, in addition to the skin, extra pockets of fat require removal as well.

Recovery from Blepharoplasty

There will be swelling and bruising after the surgery, and possibly some slight bleeding, which is normal. It’s recommended that you use a cold compress to reduce swelling.

You will also have a follow-up appointment the next day and the following week to make sure you’re healing correctly. Many patients choose to stay home from work, school, or other obligations during the first two weeks after surgery to rest their eyes and give the eyelids time to heal without the strain associated with normal daily activities such as reading at a computer or speaking to groups of people. You can wear glasses after the surgery, but you will need to avoid wearing contact lenses until the swelling is gone to keep from irritating the healing tissues. You should also avoid wearing eye makeup so as not to rub the eyelids and further irritate them or the sutures.

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Results from Blepharoplasty

newly rejuvenated & bright eyes!

Because your eyelids and the surrounding skin are quite sensitive, there will be swelling for up to six weeks. This can obscure the full results of your surgery during this time period until the swelling has completely faded, after which you will have newly rejuvenated, bright eyes!

Dr. Melancon, Facial Plastic Surgeon New Orleans

Your New Orleans Blepharoplasty Consultation

To find out more about getting an upper and/or lower blepharoplasty to reduce sagging around your eyes, decrease bags under your eyes, and improve vision due to overhanging skin, schedule a consultation with Dr. Melancon and see if this is the right surgery for you. Call or email Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery today.

Blepharoplasty FAQ

There is no “right age” to get a blepharoplasty. Generally, if you are often bothered by the drooping skin over your eyelids, bags under your eyes, or obstructed vision due to extra skin, you could be ready to get a blepharoplasty.

It is normal to feel mild-to-moderate pain, soreness, and tenderness during the healing process, particularly as your eyelids and the skin around your eyes is especially sensitive. It’s recommended to apply cold compresses for two days after your surgery, which will not only alleviate your discomfort and decrease swelling but also will speed up the entire healing process.

While any incision in your skin will result in a scar, the incisions during blepharoplasty surgery are made within the creases of your eyelids, making them hard to see. As time passes, they will fade even further to practically be invisible.

The price varies depending on which surgery you choose to have, whether you combine both upper and lower blepharoplasty, and/or if you combine blepharoplasty with other procedures, such as ptosis correction or an eyebrow lift. If you have blepharoplasty for medical reasons, your insurance should cover some or all of the costs. However, if you don’t have insurance or if you have the surgery for cosmetic reasons, then you will need to cover the expense yourself. In these cases, you can apply for financing as needed.

At Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery, we know one of the most challenging parts of this process is the first step. We are a welcoming, restful place for you to come and learn about all the ways you can live life to the fullest and be the most beautiful you. Call or click to schedule a consultation to learn how you can breathe easy at Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery.

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