Many patients have extra skin that droops from the upper eyelid, or bags on the lower eyelids that leave the patient looking tired and the eyes looking puffy. Eyelid contouring (also known as blepharoplasty) is a surgical procedure by Baton Rouge plastic surgeon, Dr. Erick Sanchez, that restores a more youthful, healthy appearance to eyelids and the appearance in general. The extra skin and fat are removed after an incision is made in the natural crease of the upper eyelids. Eyelid surgery at Sanchez Plastic Surgery gives men and women a rejuvenated facial appearance.
"I couldn’t ask for a better surgeon! Dr Sanchez and his office staff are amazing. I found him because I have breast cancer. Dr Sanchez and his office has been a huge blessing to me . I wouldn’t want to fight this battle with any other reconstructive surgeon on my fighting team. From general personality to bed side manner to surgical skills he is the best ?"- T.O. / Facebook / Jul 31, 2018
"OMG!!! I'm not certain exactly where I should begin!!! Dr. Sanchez..... Thank you!!! I've been wanting to do this for myself for quite some time. I was referred to you by a friend who had great things to say about you and your staff. Finally, I made my appointment and everything she told me was true. You and your staff are AWESOME!!! I love the family atmosphere you have in your office. I love your attention to my concerns. I love your bedside manner. I love how you are extremely serious regarding your patients and their overall health. As my healing continues, I can honestly say I am more than happy I chose you as my surgeon. There is absolutely no other surgeon I would have wanted to give me my desires. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!! Blessings to you, your staff and of your families."- N.I. / Google / Jul 11, 2018
"Dr. Sanchez is the best, he is extremely detailed oriented and has great bed side manners. He takes his time and does not give unrealistic expectations. I would recommend to anyone."- V.C. / Google / Jun 13, 2018
"I LOVE DR. SANCHEZ & HIS TEAM! I went in for liposuction of the stomach and back, he took his time to carefully explain everything and made me feel SO comfortable. I’ve told everyone I could tell about him (after seeing my realists, they called him too lol), whoever else I meet in the future will have an earful to hear as well! Now I can’t wait to go in for my breast reduction so I can show off his amazing work!"- C.W. / Google / Jun 12, 2018
"I was so nervous to do this procedure and he was so patient to allow me to come back for a second consult just to answer more of my questions and concerns! Staff was so sweet and made me feel so at peace, especially Katie! She was truly God sent! Thank you Dr Sanchez for being so sweet and making me feel so comfortable throughout this journey! I love the results and feel so much better since doing it! Thanks Christa K"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jun 16, 2017
Good candidates for eyelid contouring are men or women who demonstrate:
- Bags or puffy bulges under the eyes (fatty deposits)
- Fullness of the upper eyelids (fatty deposits)
- Excess skin diminishing the natural fold of the upper eyelids
- Excess skin and wrinkling of the eyelids
- Impaired vision due to hanging skin on the upper eyelid
What to Expect
Blepharoplasty may either be performed on the upper eyelid only or the lower lid, or both. The most common problem with the upper eyelid is drooping excess skin. Not only does this look unappealing, but it can also obstruct vision for a patient. This is corrected with an incision that is placed along the natural fold of the eyelid and extracting any excess fat and skin. For the lower eyelid, treatment will improve any appearance of bulging and sagging below the eye. Incisions may be made just slightly below the lash line, or a transconjunctival incision may be a better option as the cut is made inside the lower eyelid, which eliminates scarring. Through either incision, fatty tissue and excess skin is removed. A lower lid lift does not necessarily improve the dark circles that may occur under the eyes. In this situation, we may recommend a skin rejuvenation procedure such as laser treatment or a chemical peel to assist with discoloration.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Eyelid surgery is performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. Patients will be sent home and will be advised to keep their heads elevated for the first several days. Bruising and swelling will occur and may last for several weeks. It takes approximately 3-4 weeks for the results to appear. This surgery leads to very minimal scarring due to the location of the incisions. Not only will patients look rejuvenated and refreshed, but also many will have improved vision due to the skin imperfection being removed.
Blepharoplasty averages about $6,000 if both the upper and lower eyelids are addressed. If only one eyelid is addressed, this cost will fluctuate. Because this surgery is considered cosmetic, in most cases, insurance will not apply. However, for some patients where vision was affected, insurance coverage is possible depending on the carrier.
Rejuvenate Your Look
Blepharoplasty is a common procedure that can make a big difference in someone’s life. For women in particular, putting on makeup can be difficult if hanging skin exists on the upper eyelid, and even with makeup on, the bags and circles under the eyes cannot be improved. Eyelid surgery creates beautiful, soft results that can be long lasting and life changing. For a complete consultation, we encourage you to call our plastic surgery office so that you can visit with our team and learn more.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In & Out-Patient