Do your eyes make you look tired all the time or older than you feel? Sagging upper eyelids and puffy under-eye bags, whether caused by genetics or the aging process, can detract from the vibrancy you feel inside. Dr. Nicole Schrader is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist (head and neck surgeon) with more than a decade of experience. She performs eyelid surgery, technically called blepharoplasty, in New Jersey to give men and women a noticeably refreshed look that lasts.
What improvements can eyelid surgery provide?
There are some non-surgical options that can effectively treat the early stages of aging around the eyes, including creams, superficial treatments with lasers, and injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic or fillers. However, over time the benefits of these options become limited, and surgery is really the only way to attain the desired results. At her practice in New Jersey, Dr. Schrader performs blepharoplasty to rejuvenate the eye area by:
- Removing loose upper eyelid skin
- Reducing under-eye puffiness
- Restoring peripheral vision that is obstructed by upper eyelid skin
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
The cost for eyelid surgery depends on whether it involves the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both and whether it is combined with other facial plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Schrader strives to keep her rates competitive with other plastic surgeons in New Jersey without sacrificing patient safety or results. During your consultation, she will carefully evaluate your areas of concern and then have her team provide a written quote that reflects the procedures and techniques you decide on together.
Plastic surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a surgeon you can trust. Choosing a good facial plastic surgeon ensures that you have selected a physician who:
- Is trained and experienced in all facial plastic surgery procedures
- Operates only in accredited medical facilities
- Adheres to a strict code of ethics
- Is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)
Dr. Schrader has more than 10 years of experience, including more than 6 years in private practice in Princeton, and has performed hundreds of facial cosmetic surgery procedures including eyelid surgery.
How is upper eyelid surgery performed?
Dr. Schrader usually performs upper eyelid surgery as an office procedure with local anesthetic. The procedure is typically complete in as little as 45 minutes. She places the incisions in the natural creases of the upper eyelids, through which she removes excess fat, skin, and muscle. She closes the incisions meticulously with a series of tiny sutures, leaving nearly invisible scars that are hidden in the creases of the lids.
What about the lower eyelids?
The lower eyelids are different. Excess skin is not normally a problem, but puffiness or bags can give people a tired appearance even when they are well rested. This puffiness is cause by fat that collects and becomes more apparent as tissue of the lower lids relaxes and allows the fat to sag forward.
When performing lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Schrader places the incisions along the lower eyelash lines or inside the lower eyelids (called the transconjuctival approach). Through these incisions, she carefully removes excess fat and loose skin.
Can I combine eyelid surgery with other procedures?
Yes. Dr. Schrader specializes in facial rejuvenation and often combines eyelid surgery with other facial rejuvenation procedures including:
- Facelift surgery to reduce signs of aging in the lower two-thirds of the face
- Forehead lift surgery to lift sagging or heavy brows that may also weigh down the upper eyelids
- BOTOX® Cosmetic injections to raise the eyebrows and reduce the appearance of forehead lines and crow’s feet
- Laser skin treatments to smooth wrinkles and fade dark circles under the eyes.
How long does it take to recuperate after blepharoplasty?
Patients typically don’t experience significant discomfort, and bruising is the main concern after blepharoplasty. It’s helpful to apply cold packs as directed for the first 24 hours to keep bruising and swelling to a minimum. Keeping your head elevated at all times, even while sleeping, will help as well. You will need to avoid wearing contact lenses for at least 2 weeks to give your incisions time to heal. Most patients feel ready to return to a non-strenuous job after about a week.
How long will my results last?
While cosmetic surgery cannot stop the aging process, your refreshed look after eyelid surgery will last for many years.
Does insurance cover blepharoplasty?
In most cases, medical insurance companies will not cover the cost of blepharoplasty unless it is being performed to remove loose eyelid skin that obstructs vision. You will likely need a visual field test from an optometrist to qualify for coverage.