Conveniently located in Jacksonville, Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia, offers blepharoplasty for men and women residing in Ponte Vedra Beach, Orange Park, Lakeside and nearby areas in North Florida.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure that rejuvenates the appearance of the area around the eyes and is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures. This procedure eliminates excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids to correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags under the eyes. In some cases, eyelid surgery may also improve vision if the excess skin in the upper eyelid area is hindering vision.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is the procedure that removes the excess skin and bulges from around the eyes. The eyes are the first features we notice when looking at someone. Because of this, they are usually the first place where the signs of facial aging are noticed.
There are mainly two issues that lead to the aged or tired appearance in the eyes:
- Excess skin that causes the loss of the crease in the upper eyelid and can drape over the eyelashes if it is severe. Excess skin in the lower eyelids can lead to a “crêpe” or wrinkled appearance to the lower eyelid.
- Bags around the eyes are generally due to fatty pockets falling forward through an aged or weakened wall called the septum.
View a selection of real patient results in our Blepharoplasty Before and After gallery.
Will My Blepharoplasty Be Covered By Insurance?
Eyelid surgery is not generally covered by insurance when performed for purely aesthetic reasons; however, if the surgery is performed for medical reasons, the insurance carrier may cover all or some of the costs. Be sure to check with your insurance carrier.
How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost in Jacksonville?
Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery makes facial surgery procedures available and affordable for all our patients by providing financing options and accepting cash, major credit cards and personal checks for blepharoplasty.
Am I A Good Candidate For Blepharoplasty?
As with any other cosmetic procedure, ideal candidates for eyelid surgery must be in overall good health and have realistic expectations as far as the outcome of the procedure. If you are afflicted with a circulatory or ophthalmologic condition, you may not be a good candidate for this type of surgery.
How is Blepharoplasty Performed?
The upper eyelid operation is performed through an incision in the crease of the upper eyelid. The upper eyelid blepharoplasty removes the excess upper eyelid skin and removes the small fatty bulge in the inner corner of the eye. A fine suture is used under the skin to close the incision.
The lower eyelid operation addresses the excess fat and skin through a very small incision underneath the eyelashes located in the first crease. Sometimes, if only the fatty pockets need be addressed, a small incision can be placed behind the eyelid making the incisions invisible.
The eyelid operation is performed under local twilight anesthesia.
How Long Does Blepharoplasty Take?
When performed alone, the eyelid operation takes one and a half to two hours if both upper and lower eyelids are addressed.
Can I Get Blepharoplasty for My Lower Eyes?
In the case of patients who only have a problem with pockets of fat beneath the lower eyelids, a transconjunctival blepharoplasty may be performed. This procedure is done using a tiny incision inside the lower eyelids to extract the excess fat.
What is Recovery from Blepharoplasty Like?
Immediately following your eyelid surgery procedure, a bandage will be temporarily applied to the eyelids. Some mild bruising and swelling are normal at this point, with symptoms fading within two to four weeks. Some patients report a sensation of tightness or soreness in the eyelids, and pain medication may be prescribed to help alleviate these symptoms. Other side effects that some patients may experience during the first week following surgery may include a dry, itchy or burning sensation in the eyes, tearing, sensitivity to light and blurred or double vision. These symptoms will resolve themselves naturally over a few days. Stitches are generally removed after seven days, and we recommend that you wait for seven to 10 days before returning to work. Exercise and regular physical activities may be resumed at this point. More strenuous activities should be avoided for three weeks after surgery.
When Will My Stitches from Blepharoplasty Be Removed?
Stitches are normally removed seven days after the surgery.
When Can I Return to Work After Blepharoplasty?
Most patients return to work seven to 10 days following surgery. We recommend waiting three weeks before resuming more strenuous activities.
How Do I Get Started With Blepharoplasty?
Contact our office to schedule an initial consultation. Be sure to bring a list of your questions and concerns. During your initial consultation, you will also have time to ask additional questions and discuss cost and payment options for your facial plastic surgery procedure. Dr. Garcia will consider many factors, including your medical history, genetic history, and pain tolerance level. Results of the procedure will become fully visible once the swelling and bruising have subsided, and in some cases, this may take weeks or months.
Dr. Garcia and his team don’t believe there’s a perfect age for blepharoplasty. We are happy to provide blepharoplasty to patients who are in their 30s and have puffy under-eyes or patients in their 70s who wish to have a more refreshed and awake appearance. Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are at least 18 years old and in good general health.
On average, it takes about two weeks to make an initial recovery from upper or lower blepharoplasty. During these two weeks, most swelling, bruising, and redness will resolve on their own. After two weeks, patients will be able to start seeing some results of their treatment. Ultimate results will become visible once the skin settles into its new position and all swelling subsides, about two to three months later.
Yes or no, depending on the patient. Blepharoplasty can be done under local anesthesia, which you are awake for, or general anesthesia, which you are asleep for. These options are discussed in your consultation with Dr. Garcia.
No, patients cannot drive themselves home after receiving upper or lower blepharoplasty. Throughout your procedure, a local anesthetic will be applied to the eye areas and the skin around the eyes will be removed. Following your treatment, we recommend having a friend, family member, or significant other drive you home. We also recommend having that loved one stick around and help you throughout the first few days of your recovery.
Because there are different types of eye lifts and methods for performing the procedure, blepharoplasty costs vary. A breakdown of fees will be presented to you after your consultation. Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery accepts cash, major credit cards, and personal checks, as well as financing via CareCredit®.
Health insurance does not typically cover the cost of cosmetic eye lifts. However, your insurance company may cover the cost of your surgery if the procedure is medically necessary. It is important to note that is process is done by the patient, as Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery does not directly participate with insurance. Be sure to check with your insurance company about your benefits so you will know what to expect.
Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery is the leading facial plastic surgery center on the First Coast. As a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, specializing solely in cosmetic facial procedures, Dr. Phillip Garcia provides his North Florida patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on blepharoplasty or to schedule a consultation at our convenient location in Jacksonville (Town Center), please contact us today.