For centuries, it’s been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. So, it’s no surprise that we are familiar with concerns surrounding the eye area at The Kaplan Center.
Lifestyle factors, and external aggressors such as sun exposure, and gravity can result in a loss of elasticity around the eye area. This can create an excess volume of the soft tissues on the upper eyelids and puffiness of the lower eyelids, which are contributing factors to the signs of aging.
The Kaplan Center manages these concerns through eyelid surgery (also called blepharoplasty or an eyelid lift), which aims to restore youth and vitality to the eyes and reawaken the visage. Combined with Dr. Kaplan’s artistic vision of facial rejuvenation, eyelid surgery can be one of the most powerful procedures to restore balance and harmony to the face.
Am I A Good Candidate For Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery is a procedure that can benefit all genders who are looking to improve signs of aging around the eye area. Most commonly, we see eyelid surgery patients expressing these concerns who are aged 35 years old and above. But there are exceptions to this, with hereditary features sometimes determining younger patients suitable for eyelid surgery. Generally, we class a good candidate for surgery as someone who:
- Has excess or loose skin above and/or below the eyes
- Has under-eye puffiness or eye bags
- Has realistic expectations for results
- Are not suffering from any eye-related medical issues
- Is in overall good health
- Is prepared to follow Dr. Kaplan’s recovery advice
What Can Be Achieved Through Eyelid Surgery?
Loose skin above the eyelid can negatively impact vision and reduce the range of motion, often referred to as having hooded eyes. Upper eyelid surgery can address this by removing the loose skin above the eyes, sometimes alongside excess fat, to create a more open appearance of the eye area. The result? A lifted, freshened appearance with full emotional expression.
Under-eye puffiness is part of the natural aging process, but it can also be hereditary. Signs of aging beneath the eyes include excess skin, fat deposits, and a crepey skin texture, which is associated with having a sad or tired expression. Lower eyelid surgery can remove excess skin and fat deposits to rejuvenate the eye area for a rested, youthfully smooth look.
What Happens During Eyelid Surgery?
Dr. Kaplan will recommend the most suitable level of anesthetic required for your surgery. Depending on the technique, eyelid surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia and can take up to several hours. Dr. Kaplan and the patient coordinator team will discuss your surgery plan and anesthesia with you in-depth before the procedure, ensuring you’re relaxed and comfortable with the approach and you feel fully cared for.
Addressing skin laxity, wrinkles, and fine lines, pinch blepharoplasty works by removing excess skin and tightening the eye area without altering the muscle or fat pads. Pinch blepharoplasty is most suitable for those who require moderate improvements to the eye area and is ideal for younger patients or those who have noticed early or small changes to the eyelids. As pinch blepharoplasty is minimally invasive, the procedure benefits from a faster recovery time than traditional eyelid surgery techniques and is performed in the office, awake with local anesthesia.
Known in the surgical world as lifting the suborbicularis oculi fat, SOOF elevation targets voluminous tissue below the eye that creates a heavy eye bag appearance. In this procedure, Dr. Kaplan carefully repositions the sunken fat deposits below the eye which may have fallen onto the upper cheek. These fat deposits are redraped over the lower part of the lower eye region, closer to the lower eyelid, nearer to their natural position before the impact of gravity and aging took place. The SOOF elevation technique is a highly-skilled procedure and is suited to patients who display significant volume changes beneath the eye.
As each eyelid surgery is customized to the needs of the patient, your treatment plan may combine several of the techniques described above. Dr. Kaplan also performs eyelid surgery alongside non-surgical procedures to create an even more revitalized eye area. These include laser or microneedling radiofrequency treatments, which tighten the skin around the eye area to enhance the result, or injectables to give an overall freshness to the face.
What Is The Recovery Process Of Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery is a relatively straightforward procedure, but as with all surgeries, it does come with a little downtime. We recommend taking adequate time off your responsibilities to properly heal and ensure you prioritize your health and wellbeing during the recovery period. You’ll need a family member or friend to bring you home after the surgery and assist during the first evening of recovery, as you’ll be receiving an anesthetic and your vision may be temporarily reduced due to swelling.
Immediately after surgery, you may experience bruising, swelling, irritation, and dry eyes. These temporary side effects are usually most noticeable within the first 7-10 days and associated discomfort can be relieved through Dr. Kaplan’s recovery advice. Following the immediate recovery window, bruising and swelling will subside and most patients will feel comfortable returning to daily activities after the first week. From three weeks onwards, you should start to see the cosmetic benefits of the procedure, but we recommend waiting six months until you evaluate the finished results of your surgery.
It’s expected that your eyes will be puffy and may appear bruised or swollen during the recovery process. Dr. Kaplan will provide a complete self-care program for you to follow while you’re recovering, which we recommend patients follow diligently to ensure healing safely and to maximize results.
Some of Dr. Kaplan’s advice include icing the area and using a cold compress to soothe any discomfort, ensuring plenty of rest, avoiding harsh weather conditions which can be taxing on the eyes such as sun or wind exposure and reducing screen time on devices to avoid the eyes becoming stressed or dry. While recovering, we also recommend you avoid strenuous exercise during the first few weeks after surgery.
How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?
As Dr. Kaplan approaches eyelid surgery using a personalized approach, we kindly invite patients into The Kaplan Center for a consultation to provide a treatment plan and pricing breakdown. The cost of eyelid surgery is customized to the individual, with varying factors such as the technique used, anesthesia fee, and the level of surgical time that’s required to provide your desired result.
Blepharoplasty Surgery Gallery
Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper or lower lids, or both, and aims to restore youth and vitality to the eyes.