What is Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery (commonly referred to as blepharoplasty) can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids to improve their appearance and reduce the signs of aging. Often, this procedure is best done in conjunction with a brow-lift or additional facial procedures to create the most natural look. These procedures are best done in a hospital setting so that adequate anesthesia and monitoring may be performed. In isolated cases, only the skin of the upper eyelid needs to be addressed and this can often be done as an in-office procedure. A thorough in-person consultation will be required to determine which option is the best for you.

What to expect?

An in-office procedure is a safe and effective way to address minor surgical procedures without having to undergo general anesthesia. Dr. Rodgers will start by marking the area and injecting it with lidocaine to numb the surrounding areas. Some patients may opt to have an oral medication given to help with pain and anxiety, these patients will require a driver to take them home. Skin and sometimes fat will be excised from the upper lids and the area will be stitched back together to create a more youthful appearance of the eyes. Patients should expect some swelling and bruising following the procedure. Post-care management includes topical eye drops for dryness, antibiotics, and optional pain medication. Sutures remain in place for 5-7 days and are removed in the office.

Although most insurances do not cover eyelid surgery, vision tests may be requested prior to your procedure to ensure that you are a good candidate. In-office blepharoplasty can also be a staged procedure where additional facial areas and the brow may be addressed later in the operating room. Dr. Rodgers will perform a thorough consultation including options available, risks, and what will ultimately benefit her patients the most. Her goal is to achieve patient satisfaction in the most natural appearing and safest manner possible.

Kendall Peterson