Located in Carmel and Greenwood, Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Mark M. Hamilton, MD, FACS, offers blepharoplasty for men and women who live in and around Indianapolis, IN. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery as it is more commonly known, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to restore a more youthful and refreshed appearance to the eye area. It is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed today. During the surgery, excess fat, skin and muscle are removed from the upper and/or lower eyelids. This helps to improve drooping upper eyelids and puffy under eye bags. Eyelid surgery may also improve vision if excess upper eyelid skin is interfering with sight.
What is Blepharoplasty?
This form of facial plastic surgery is used to create more youthful-looking eyes. Also known as eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty is one of our most popular cosmetic surgery procedures.
Am I A Good Candidate For Blepharoplasty?
Just like with any other cosmetic procedure, you’ll need to be in good health and have realistic expectations of your procedure’s outcome. If you have a circulatory or ophthalmologic condition, you may not be a good candidate for this procedure.
How is Blepharoplasty Performed?
During the surgery, Dr. Hamilton will remove excess skin, fat and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids. Dr. Hamilton generally makes an incision in the crease of your upper eyelid and below the lower eyelashes. Excess skin will be removed by working through the incisions. Sagging skin and muscle will be trimmed and then the incision will be closed.
Eyelid surgery doesn’t just eliminate puffy eyelids and under eye bags, it can also improve vision when in cases where the upper eyelid is interfering with a patient’s eyesight.
How Long Does Blepharoplasty Take?
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, takes between one and three hours to complete. You will be given local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia depending on your case.
What If I Don’t Have Excess Skin?
If you just have a pocket of fat beneath your lower eyelids, transconjunctival blepharoplasty may be performed. An incision will be made inside your lower eyelids to eliminate the excess fat.
After eyelid surgery, a bandage may be temporarily applied to the eyelids. Patients can expect some bruising and swelling, with most of the bruising fading within two to four weeks. Discomfort can also occur, in particular, a tight or sore sensation in the eyelids. Pain medication can be prescribed to help relieve these symptoms. Other side effects that may occur during the first week after surgery can include dry, itchy or burning sensations of the eyes, tearing, sensitivity to light and blurred or double vision. Stitches are generally removed on day seven. It will take about seven to 10 days before work, and other normal activities can be resumed and about three weeks before resuming more strenuous activities.
When Will My Stitches Be Removed?
Stitches are normally removed on day seven after the surgery.
When can I return to work?
Seven to 10 days after your surgery you can return to work. It will take about three weeks to resume more strenuous activities.
If you are considering eyelid surgery, it’s important that you be in good physical health and that you have realistic expectations for your surgery’s outcome. Surgery may not be indicated for patients with certain circulatory or ophthalmologic conditions.
The surgical time for blepharoplasty typically lasts between one and three hours, with either local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia being used. Incisions are usually located in the crease of the upper eyelids and just below the lashes of the lower eyelids. Working through the incisions, excess fat is removed, sagging skin and muscle are trimmed and the incisions are then closed. A procedure known as transconjunctival blepharoplasty may be performed on patients without excess skin and just a pocket of fat beneath the lower eyelids. For this procedure, incisions are made on the inside of the lower eyelids.
How Do I Get Started With Blepharoplasty?
You’ll need to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Hamilton. Be sure to prepare a list of any questions or concerns you may have. At your initial consultation, you’ll have time to ask questions and learn more about the cost of facial plastic surgery. Remember, it’s important to maintain realistic expectations. There are many factors you need to consider such as your medical history and pain tolerance. Your results will not be noticeable immediately. You’ll have to wait for the swelling and bruising to subside and, in some cases, this can take months.
Will My Blepharoplasty Be Covered By Insurance?
Eyelid surgery, if performed specifically for aesthetic reasons, is not generally covered by insurance. However, if it is being performed for medical reasons insurance may cover all or some of the costs. Patients should be sure to check with their insurance carrier.
How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost in Indianapolis?
Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery seeks to make facial surgery procedures available and affordable for everyone. To accomplish this, we offer financing options and accept cash, major credit cards and personal checks for blepharoplasty.
Mark M. Hamilton, MD, FACS, is recognized as one of the “top physicians” in America for facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, specializing solely in cosmetic facial procedures, Dr. Hamilton provides his Indianapolis patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on blepharoplasty or to schedule a private consultation at Dr. Hamilton’s Carmel or Greenwood office, please contact us.