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This page contains all the information you need to make an informed decision to start your blepharoplasty journey. Conveniently located in Jacksonville, Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia, offers eyelid surgery for men and women residing in Ponte Vedra Beach, Orange Park, Lakeside and nearby areas in North Florida.
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What is Blepharoplasty?
A blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the eyes by targeting drooping eyelids, sagging skin, wrinkles and stubborn pockets of fat around the eyes. Blepharoplasty can have a dramatic effect on the appearance by eliminating an “aged” or tired appearance caused by drooping eyelids. As a result, it pairs well with a facelift and other cosmetic procedures used to address signs of aging in the face.
What are the Types of Blepharoplasty Surgeries?
1DOUBLE EYELID SURGERY
The most common type of blepharoplasty is known as double eyelid surgery, which addresses both the upper and lower eyelids in a single procedure. This involves making an incision in both the upper and lower eyelids. Fortunately, with eyelid surgery, the incisions can be placed within the natural folds of the eyelids to minimize any visible scarring. Through these incisions, Dr. Garcia will remove excess tissue and fat before tightening the remaining tissue to produce the desired results.
2UPPER EYELID SURGERY
Upper eyelid surgery is a targeted blepharoplasty technique that only addresses the upper eyelids. For this procedure, incisions are made within the natural folds of the upper eyelids to minimize any visible scarring. Through these incisions, Dr. Garcia will remove excess tissue and fat before tightening the remaining tissue. Upper eyelid surgery is recommended for patients who want to correct drooping upper eyelids, as well as any sagging skin or fatty deposits in the upper eyelids.
3LOWER EYELID SURGERY
Another common type of blepharoplasty is lower eyelid surgery, which only targets the lower eyelids. For this procedure, incisions are made within the natural folds of the upper eyelids to minimize any visible scarring. Through these incisions, Dr. Garcia will remove excess tissue and fat before tightening the remaining tissue. Lower eyelid surgery is recommended for patients who want to correct bags under the eyes, which are often a combination of sagging skin and fatty deposits.
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What Can Blepharoplasty Accomplish
Eyelid surgery is a powerful technique for rejuvenating the eyes, and it offers the following benefits:
- Restores vision that has been impaired by drooping eyelids
- Makes the eyes look more youthful and alert
- Reduces bags under the eyes
- Complements the results of a facelift and other cosmetic procedures
Are You a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are typically:
- Healthy individuals with no serious medical conditions
- Non-smokers or willing to quit smoking for a period of time
- Individuals who have realistic expectations for the procedure and understand the potential risks and benefits
- Individuals who have noticed drooping eyelids, sagging skin and/or pockets of fat in and around the eyelids
Why Choose Dr Garcia?
Dr. Garcia has focused expertise in performing surgery on the aging face. As an educator, he has published numerous papers and has presented several research topics at international events. As a doctor, he is a frontrunner in the advancement of facial plastic surgery in Jacksonville.
Dr. Garcia’s certifications with the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, as well as his advances in the field of facial plastic surgery have contributed to him being North Florida’s premier facial plastic surgeon since 2001. Read a selection of patient reviews for Dr. Phillip Garcia.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost In Jacksonville
The average cost of blepharoplasty varies from one community to the other with some small variations. Factors such as the facility where the surgery will be performed and the type of anesthesia used will influence the final cost of the surgery. Jacksonville eyelid surgery varies in price range according to these factors. Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery makes facial surgery procedures available and affordable for everyone. Our office provides a wide array of payment options, including easy financing. We also accept cash, major credit cards and personal checks for eyelid surgery and other procedures.
When Is The Best Age to Have Blepharoplasty?
The best time for eyelid surgery can vary depending on the individual and their specific needs and goals. If you are experiencing a reduced field of vision due to drooping eyelids, or if you are experiencing sagging skin, fatty deposits and/or bags under the eyes, you could likely benefit from eyelid surgery. For most patients, the ideal time for this procedure tends to be around the age of 40 or 50, but it can vary depending on factors such as genetics and lifestyle habits. It’s also important to consider your overall health and wellness.
How Do I Prepare For My Blepharoplasty?
We will provide all of your preoperative and postoperative instructions prior to your blepharoplasty. We will ask you to stop certain vitamins, herbs and medications, including aspirin and ibuprofen, among others. Eyelid surgery recovery is shortened if patients follow our very specific instructions.
Where Will My Blepharoplasty Be Performed?
We perform our blepharoplasty procedures in our state-accredited operating room under the anesthesia care of board-certified anesthesiologists.
What Can I Expect During Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty can be done under local anesthesia, which you are awake for, or general anesthesia, which you are asleep for. The upper eyelid operation is performed through an incision in the crease of the upper eyelid. 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 to be addressed, a small incision can be placed behind the eyelid making the incisions invisible. A fine suture is used under the skin to close these incisions.
What Is Recovery From Blepharoplasty Like?
Immediately after eyelid surgery, you can expect swelling and bruising around the eyes, which typically peaks within the first three days and then gradually subsides. You may also experience some discomfort or pain, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.It is important to keep the head elevated and avoid strenuous activity for the first few days, as this can help reduce swelling and bruising.
You will need to avoid wearing contact lenses for the first week after surgery and should avoid rubbing or touching the eyes. Most patients are able to return to work and resume most normal activities within one to two weeks, but should continue avoiding strenuous activity for at least three weeks after surgery.
The final results of eyelid surgery are usually visible two to three months after surgery.
How Long Does Blepharoplasty Last?
The results of eyelid surgery typically last for several years. However, the longevity of the results can vary depending on factors such as the individual’s age, skin type, and overall health. As the aging process continues, the effects of blepharoplasty will gradually diminish and the eyes will continue to age.