About Eyelid Surgery
People can learn so much about you through your eyes — whether you are happy or sad, excited or bored, angry or pleased. A person's eyes are an integral component of the face that deserve to be shown off, but sometimes an excess of skin above or below the eyes can create an aging facial appearance, falsely indicating to the world that you are perpetually tired, angry, or unhappy. To address this issue, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Miguel Gallegos offers eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) to remove excess skin and lift the lower or upper eyelid, creating a softer, younger look. Countless men and women undergo eyelid surgery at Hermosa Plastic Surgery to reduce puffy bulges, leading to improved eye functionality and facial appearance. Upper and lower eyelid surgery creates a fresh, youthful look, and the surgery itself can give you natural yet noticeable improvements. If you're interested in refreshing your eyes with an eye lift to remove excess skin, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gallegos at his practice in Albuquerque, NM.
Eyelid Lift Reviews
"Dr. Miguel and his staff were so friendly and caring! I went through a tummy tuck and lower and upper eye lift. The staff on the day of my surgery and recovery after were so tentative to my needs. I am still amazed at the results of my surgery! After having three kids and being in my 40's, I was having some issues with my self esteem. I now have a stomach as flat as I did when I was in high school! My eyes look ten years younger! This was the best mommy makeover ever! If you are thinking about plastic surgery, Dr. Gallegos at Hermosa is the place to go if you want great customer service and great results!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 10, 2010
Eyelid surgery is a facial cosmetic enhancement that is sought out by both women and men. Although blepharoplasty is, relatively speaking, not an extensive cosmetic surgery procedure, the results can leave you looking more vibrant than before. During your private consultation, treatment options will be discussed with Dr. Gallegos based on what you feel needs to be addressed and corrected. In most cases, ideal candidates for the procedure are those who find themselves feeling frustrated with excess, hanging skin and folds above their eyes, or bulging skin just under the bottom eyelid. In addition to having a negative effect on your appearance, these irregularities can cause vision impairment that can get in the way of daily activities. To achieve more alert-looking eyes, blepharoplasty may be the appropriate procedure for you. If you have loose skin that droops on the upper eyelid or bags and circles under the eyes, blepharoplasty can address this to provide you with a younger appearance.
Depending on the complexity of the eyelid surgery, some form of anesthesia will be given. This procedure may be done on the top eyelid by itself, on the bottom eyelid, or a blend of both upper and lower.
Upper eyelid surgery assists in diminishing the hanging of skin that impairs vision to produce a more appealing eyelid appearance. The incision point is often placed along the lash line or crease to trim away tissue and fat.
Lower eyelid surgery is performed to improve puffy skin under the lower lid. In most cases, an incision is placed just under the lash line to surgically remove fatty tissue, and the skin is delicately lifted to produce a smoother look. Sometimes, a nonsurgical laser procedure may be applied to help with discoloration while dermal fillers can be used for added smoothness if necessary.
Once your surgery is completed, the incisions are then closed, and you will be allowed to return home to recuperate.
What to Expect
Blepharoplasty can take up to two hours based on whether both eyes or one is treated. After the procedure, you should expect to rest for a few days following your treatment and avoid any strenuous activities. Ice packs can assist in reducing bruising and swelling. The outcomes from blepharoplasty may last a decade or longer, but while they are long-lasting, aging does not stop. To complement your surgical outcomes, facial rejuvenation treatments at Hermosa Plastic Surgery, such as lasers, chemical peels, and fillers, can be performed routinely afterward to maintain your fresh appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Cosmetic eyelid surgery costs will vary, depending on whether you're getting a lower eyelid lift, upper, or a combination of both. As soon as your surgical plan is developed in your initial consultation, Dr. Gallegos can then discuss cost estimates. For results that look natural and last for many years, it's better to concentrate on selecting an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon whom you're comfortable with, like Dr. Gallegos, rather than looking for the lowest cost offer. To help you afford great results, Hermosa Plastic Surgery takes several payment methods, including low-interest financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
If loose skin is limiting your sight, your insurance might cover some of your blepharoplasty. Please talk to Dr. Gallegos during your initial consultation, and let him know if you might be applying for an insurance claim. A team member at Hermosa Plastic Surgery can help you submit the required paperwork and information to your provider so they can consider your claim. Typically, you will require a letter from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that blepharoplasty is medically necessary to restore your vision.
What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
An eyelid lift doesn't just help to rejuvenate your face – it can give you other benefits as well. You may discover that your field of vision is greater once the excess skin on your upper eyelid is gone. It should also be easier to put on eye shadow and other makeup once your upper lid is smooth. Getting rid of fine lines, paper-thin skin, dark circles, and puffy bags on your lower eyelid may help your eyes appear fuller and brighter without a lot of makeup.
Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Forehead wrinkles and Crow's feet might be better addressed with a brow lift or facelift since the improvements of blepharoplasty are limited to the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty may be performed with a nonsurgical treatment, like BOTOX, which can smooth wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. Wrinkle fillers, like Juvéderm or Restylane, may help to add volume in areas for an overall fuller appearance. During your initial consultation, Dr. Gallegos will develop your custom treatment plan to fit your goals.
What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Skin tightening without surgery, plus injectable treatments (such as Juvéderm, Restylane, and BOTOX) may give you mild improvements. Although, if you want to fix moderate to severe loose skin or see results that last a long time, eyelid surgery will likely be better for your needs. When you tell Dr. Gallegos about your concerns and goals, he will give you his suggestions for a surgical or nonsurgical treatment plan. He might also recommend both nonsurgical and surgical procedures for ideal results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,800 - $3,750
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
BRIGHTER, FULLER EYES
If you are having a hard time seeing due to hanging skin on your upper eyelids, or if you are constantly frustrated by bulging bags underneath your eyes, then blepharoplasty at Hermosa Plastic Surgery may be the answer for you. This surgery can allow you to look and feel youthful and awakened while offering a gorgeous answer to your vision impairment concerns. We encourage you to contact our office in Albuquerque, NM to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miguel Gallegos.