Blepharoplasty Cost and Recovery Time

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As time passes, it is normal to develop excess skin or fat deposits that build up around the eyelids. When this happens, many people notice the skin around the eyelids begins to sag or droop. A Blepharoplasty, or eye lift, can help remove this excess skin and fat to restore your eyelids’ youth. Here is everything you need to know about Blepharoplasty cost and recovery time. 

Blepharoplasty Cost and Eligibility

Before discussing this procedure with your doctor, there are a few aspects to be aware of. A good candidate for eyelid surgery is a healthy individual who does not have any significant medical or eye-related problems. 

Before undergoing eyelid surgery, you will receive a cosmetic eyelid evaluation. At Florida Eye Specialists, this process will involve an eye exam to measure your vision, eye pressure, ocular surface, and will determine if your eyes are healthy enough for surgery. 

After discussing the surgical procedure with our cosmetic doctors, you will meet with our surgical coordinator. You will discuss available dates for surgery, preoperative medical evaluation requirements, and the cost of a Blepharoplasty. 

Keep in mind that insurance does not typically cover cosmetic surgery. On average, patients can expect a Blepharoplasty to cost around $3,200. However, if the puffiness or drooping is inhibiting your field of vision, the surgery may be deemed medically necessary. Your doctor may need to perform a visual field exam to determine if your upper eyelid is interfering with your vision. 

How to Prepare for a Blepharoplasty Procedure

All pre-op requirements including lab testing and medical evaluations will need to take place within 30 days of your procedure. Your primary care doctor will provide you with instructions to follow in the weeks and days leading up to your appointment. 

Patients taking blood thinners will want to discuss stopping these medications prior to their surgery. Typical blood thinners, such as Aspirin, are usually stopped two weeks before surgery. Other blood thinners may need to be adjusted differently. Discuss any medications being taken and their risks with your doctor several weeks prior to your surgery. 

Be sure to make arrangements for missing work and enlist help at home. You will need a trusted person to drive you to and from the surgery center and during your post-operative appointments. You will be unable to drive for several days after surgery, so it’s important to plan accordingly in advance. 

What to Expect During Blepharoplasty Recovery Time

A responsible adult will need to take you home after surgery. Before you leave, the nurses at the surgery center will review the aftercare instructions with you and this individual. In order to recover as best as possible, it is important to limit your activity for 72 hours after surgery. 

Patients should avoid bending, lifting, and straining during their recovery. Keeping the patient’s head elevated at all times is important during recovery. Most individuals are away from work for five to seven days. Avoid using makeup and other cosmetic products for approximately two weeks after surgery. 

Your results will appear within several weeks after surgery, but it can take several months for your body to heal completely. By following the instructions provided by the surgical center, the surgery and healing process is not typically painful. 

Are you or a loved one considering a Blepharoplasty surgery? Our expert staff of cosmetic surgeons is here to help. Dr. David A. Kostick is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Schedule an appointment today to begin discussing your surgical options.    

About Florida Eye Specialists

Florida Eye Specialists is one of the largest multi-specialty ophthalmology private practices in Northeast Florida, with offices in Fernandina Beach, Gate Parkway/295, Mandarin, Northside, Ponte Vedra Beach, Riverside, San Marco, Southpoint, and St. Augustine. Schedule an appointment at one of our nine locations.