With five convenient locations serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, Riverside/Ortega and St. Augustine, Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia, offers blepharoplasty for men and women who live 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.
Blepharoplasty Patient Testimonial
“I will never use anyone but Dr. Phillip Garcia in the future. He is professional, considerate and THE BEST. His aftercare is phenomenal. After my surgery, Dr. Garcia stopped by my house to check on me….HOUSE CALLS??? No one makes house calls in this day and age but Dr. Garcia. Needless to say, my surgery turned out beautifully, and my eyes look better than I expected.” — K.G.
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.
What If I Don’t Have Excess Skin?
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.
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 Be Removed?
Stitches are normally removed seven days after the surgery.
When can I return to work?
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.
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.
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 one of our five convenient locations in Jacksonville (Town Center), Julington Creek, Fleming Island or Palm Coast, please contact us today.