Eyes are a revealing facial feature that conveys our emotions. Sagging or baggy eyelids can leave you looking tired and older than you feel.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, at the Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery can rejuvenate your appearance and turn back the clock.
Learn how Main Line, PA, facial plastic surgeon Christopher R. Hove can give you exceptional cosmetic results with an eyelid lift.
What Is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery targets the delicate eye area to tighten and smooth skin for a more alert, youthful appearance and improved peripheral vision.
Concerns Blepharoplasty Can Treat
If you're looking to target the eye area while leaving the rest of your face untouched, blepharoplasty can be an ideal solution. Blepharoplasty can help correct the following concerns:
Sagging SkinBlepharoplasty focuses on tightening up loose skin to give the eyes a more open, awake appearance.
Bags Under the EyesPuffiness and sagging skin under the eyes, otherwise known as "bags," can be removed through surgery.
Puffy EyelidsFatty deposits can create a puffy appearance on the upper eyelid. Your doctor can remove these fatty deposits during your surgery.
Drooping Lower Eyelids
The lower eyelids can droop to reveal the white part of the lower lash line. With blepharoplasty, this skin is tightened.
Sagging skin around the eyes can limit your field of vision. Blepharoplasty may restore your vision range.
Can You Benefit From Surgery? Request a Consultation
Dr. Hove combines art and science to deliver personalized, thoughtful results to patients in the Main Line, PA, area.
Dr. Hove is an accomplished graphic artist as well as a surgeon. His illustrations have been published in medical journals and used for national lectures. This artistic side helps Dr. Hove draft the best possible result for your surgery.
Artistic talent paired with medical accomplishments makes Dr. Hove the leading choice for many patients in the Main Line, PA, region. If you think blepharoplasty is the right surgery for you and want to learn more, contact our Paoli, PA, office for a free consultation:
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"I've never written a thank you note to a doctor before, but every time I look in the mirror I'm so happy with the way I look that I had to send you my heartfelt gratitude for my new eyes.
Your kindness, patience, and caring manner went above and beyond what one would expect of a surgeon. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to anyone who asks.
I appreciate the honesty, understanding, and professionalism you afforded me from my initial consultation through the procedure and beyond." Rose B. - Downingtown, PA
More Reasons to Choose Our Main Line Practice
At the Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, we specialize only on the face and neck. This separates us from many other plastic surgery practices that perform procedures on the whole body. Our hyper-focus on the face has given us a heightened level of experience and skill, resulting in procedures of unparalleled quality. Dr. Hove’s facial surgery expertise allows him to provide patients with personalized care that achieves precise, natural-looking results.
Our team is able to perform many plastic surgery services right here in our Main Line office. This means our patients do not have to shuttle back and forth to different specialists to receive the look they want. Our skill and experience also allows us to perform many of our procedures without the need for sedation or general anesthesia. Our comprehensive care also includes our relaxing atmosphere and compassionate staff.
Dr. Hove has earned board certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology. Board certification requires passing both a rigorous written exam and a comprehensive oral assessment. Successful completion indicates specialized knowledge and abilities regarding face and neck science, surgery, treatment, and more. A certified surgeon must prove their commitment to otolaryngology by meeting continuing requirements every year.
How Much Do "New" Eyelids Cost?
The cost of eyelid surgery depends on what type of anesthesia is used.
- Under local anesthesia, the cost of surgery ranges from $1,900-2,500 for either the upper or lower eyelids, while both upper and lower eyelids together are usually $3,400-4,000.
- If you require IV sedation ("twilight") or general anesthesia, Dr. Hove ensures a board-certified anesthesiologist will also tend to your care. This typically increases the fee by another $1,500.
If you need help budgeting for blepharoplasty, you can inquire about financing through CareCredit®. The program helps break the total cost of surgery into affordable monthly payments. Dr. Hove and his team will answer any questions you may have.
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I look back at pictures now & I look like a completely different person but still me, or finally me! My nose was always something I was trying to hide or turn to certain angles and now thanks to Dr. Hove I have so much more confidence & am proud of my 'cute' nose! I trust Dr. Hove with my face so much that I also recently had an Upper Blepharoplasty & lower pinch & would 100% recommend Dr. Hove for this procedure as well. Thank you so much, Dr. Hove!View on Google
Dr Hove and his team are tremendous. They are extremely accomdating and caring. As a physician myself, I am very particular about who I let operate on me. Having said that, I felt completely comforable letting Dr Hove perform my septoplasty (correction of deviated septum). He called me the night of the procedure and the following day to check in on how I was doing. I would recommend to anyone in need of facial surgery.View on Google
Request Your Eyelid Evaluation
At Hove Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, we live out our mission of restoring confidence by restoring faces on a daily basis. Our unmatched passion and consistent performance have made us a leader in facial plastic surgery. Eyelid surgeries are renowned for giving our patients the natural, non-surgical look they dream of. Dr. Hove’s incredible skill and artistic approach allow him to craft surgical solutions that exceed patients' expectations. In a single free consultation, he can evaluate your personal eyelid case and recommend the right path forward for you. All you need to do to improve your look and vision is call or write to us today.
Preparing for Blepharoplasty
Dr. Hove conducts thorough preparation and planning for each eyelid surgery. First, he assesses your medical history to make sure there are no unexpected obstacles during treatment, and to ensure you are a good candidate for blepharoplasty. It is also very important to him that he understands what you aim to achieve with eyelid surgery. This gives him insight into the type of eyelid crafting to recommend, and to set accurate expectations.
Our doctor may also perform a comprehensive eye exam. This tests the form and function of your eyelids, assesses your visual field, and provides important photographs to help guide surgery. Collectively, this analysis can be used to provide compelling documentation to your insurance company, potentially supporting an insurance claim for your procedure if it is deemed medically necessary.
The Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Over time, the upper eyelids become heavy and start drooping, giving the face a tired or even an angry appearance. By strategically removing a safe amount of excess skin and soft tissue from the upper eyelids, Dr. Hove restores a rested appearance while avoiding a "surprised" look. This type of eyelid surgery is a fairly quick procedure with a short recovery.
After numbing the upper eyelid skin, an incision is hidden in the natural crease from the inner to the outer corner of the eyelid. Excess skin and loose soft tissue are removed. Sutures are used to close the incision.
Even as a stand-alone procedure, upper eyelid rejuvenation can provide life-changing results.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
When most people think of problems affecting the lower eyelids, they think about bags under the eyes. This area is complex and this type of eyelid surgery can be performed in different ways. Sometimes the lower eyelid skin just needs to be tightened or resurfaced; sometimes excess fat needs to be removed; sometimes both approaches are required to provide patients with the best results.
During this type of eyelid surgery, incisions can be made on the inside of the eyelid or hidden below the eyelashes. This allows the incision site to remain hidden during recovery. Lower eyelid surgery can be performed under local anesthesia in the right circumstances. In such cases, patients can experience a quick recovery from their eyelid surgery.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
First Few Days
The first two days after surgery, Dr. Hove aggressively advocates for the use of ice packs to limit swelling and bruising. You may experience dry eyes, but there is usually minimal discomfort, with most of our patients just taking Tylenol by day two. Patients will return to our practice serving the Main Line area for periodic checkups to monitor the progress of recovery.
First Few Weeks
During the first week, your eyes will easily fatigue while reading, using the computer, or watching TV, so frequent breaks are needed. Most swelling settles by the first week, and then sutures can be removed to allow you to apply eyeshadow. This is when most of Dr. Hove's patients feel comfortable going out in public.
In the months that follow, patients will recover from all post-op side effects of blepharoplasty, achieving a more refreshed look. Dr. Hove calls eyelid rejuvenation the cosmetic surgery that yields "the biggest return on your investment." This relatively simple procedure can transform your appearance for years to come.
Experience Safe and Effective Surgery Choose Our Board-Certified Surgeon Serving the Main Line
It's typical for patients to experience mild bruising and swelling after their procedures, but complications like shortness of breath and vision problems can develop on rare occasions. The chances of these complications developing are significantly lower when choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Hove serving Philadelphia's Main Line. He can safely and effectively remove the excess fat and skin around your eyes for a more alert and youthful appearance.
Dr. Hove will always be transparent about the risks involved in procedures, and he won't recommend anything if he thinks complications could arise. Contact our Paoli office to learn more about this procedure:
"Our unmatched passion and consistent performance have made us a leader in facial plastic surgery. Eyelid surgeries are renowned for giving our patients the natural, non-surgical look they dream of. "
How Long Do Results Last?
The longevity of blepharoplasty results can vary from patient to patient; however, you can generally expect upper eyelids to retain their youthful appearance for five to seven years and lower eyelids to retain their appearance permanently. If you notice your upper eyelids starting to sag again, you could benefit from a second blepharoplasty surgery or a brow lift.
Many patients combine their blepharoplasty procedure with one or more plastic surgeries to complete their makeover. A few of our complementary plastic surgery procedures are:
Drooping eyelid skin is sometimes caused by weakening forehead muscles. A facelift can lift your features to lend to an overall more youthful appearance.
A brow lift pairs nicely with eyelid plastic surgery since both affect the eye area. As our eyebrows droop, you may be left with an angry expression that doesn't match what you feel inside. A brow lift can help you express how you feel again.
Neck skin is delicate, similar to the skin around your eyelids. It can droop and wrinkle as you age. A neck lift tightens the skin to remove deep wrinkles and jowls to give patients a more smooth and youthful appearance.
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I was very pleased with the patient care, bedside manner of Dr. Hove and treatment outcomes of my daughter’s surgery. I am a healthcare provider and have experience dealing with many physicians and surgeons and I can honestly say Dr. Hove is an excellent practitioner who is kind and caring with his patients.View on Google
Dr. Hove is such a caring, talented facial plastic surgeon. He really listens. Several of my colleagues are his patients and they all agree - his results are the best - natural and enhancing. His team are first rate.View on Google