Surgical Treatment Options for Hooded Eyes
The aging process can unfortunately lead to sagging eyelids, which can make a person appear older than they are. The eyelids tend to be thinner than other facial features, so they are often one of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging. To remove excess skin and fat around the eyelids, Dr. Christopher R. Hove can perform eyelid surgery.
Many of our Philadelphia, PA, patients seek eyelid surgery to address a common physical feature called hooded eyes. Individuals with hooded eyes have extra skin that folds down from the brow bone and covers the upper eyelid. People with this facial feature appear to have small or hidden upper eyelids.
How Will Eyelid Surgery Correct Hooded Eyes?
Upper eyelid surgery is a straightforward procedure that can remove unwanted folds of skin that obscure your vision and make you appear aged and tired. Many of our Philadelphia patients describe the cosmetic results as life-changing. Since the appearance of our eyes is closely tied with our perceived age, eyelid surgery for hooded eyes can leave you looking many years younger.
Before your cosmetic procedure is scheduled, Dr. Hove will need to determine that you are a good candidate for upper eyelid blepharoplasty. Most patients who have excess skin over their upper eyelids are good candidates for upper eyelid surgery.
Some candidates may benefit from combining upper and lower eyelid surgery. Dr. Hove will always recommend a conservative course of action that still helps you reach your personal goals.
Candidates should be in good overall health, non-smokers, and free of any eye conditions that could complicate surgery or recovery. Patients can seek the eyelid surgery for cosmetic or functional reasons.
What Risks Are Associated with this Procedure?
Patients sometimes come with preconceived fears of surgical complications. Board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Hove are well versed in every aspect of blepharoplasty. Steps will be taken to ensure that conservative amounts of tissue are removed.
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved, such as post-operative infection. However, following the appropriate guidelines will help reduce these risks and promote a successful recovery.
Eyelid Surgery Overview
Fees range from $1900-2500 for either the upper or lower eyelids. Sedation or general anesthesia can add another $1500 to your total treatment cost.
After local anesthesia is used to numb the upper eyelid skin, Dr. Hove will make an incision that will be hidden in the natural crease from one corner of the eyelid to the other. Then, loose hanging skin and soft tissue will be removed as needed. Sutures will be used to close the incision, and then the process will be repeated on the opposite side.
Cold compresses will be important during the first two days after surgery to limit swelling and bruising. Most patients describe any post-surgery discomfort as minimal. Your eyes may feel heavy or fatigued during recovery. Most patients find that swelling settles by the end of the first week after surgery. You can typically resume normal activities by then.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If sagging or droopy eyelids are obscuring your vision or affecting your appearance and self-confidence, eyelid surgery can drastically improve these issues. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation at our practice, contact us online or call our office at (610) 647-3727.