Of all facial features, the eyes usually are the most revealing, and convey our emotions, whether intended or not.
Sagging and baggy eyelids leave you looking tired or much older than you feel. This is when eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can help.
Dr. Christopher R. Hove in Philadelphia, PA, is a leader in facial plastic surgery who can give you exceptional eyelid surgery results...
Rejuvenate Your Eyes Through Blepharoplasty by a Leading Provider
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 increases the fee typically 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.
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 is a fairly quick procedure with short recovery.
After numbing the upper eyelid skin, an incision is hidden in the natural crease from the inner to 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 be life-changing.
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 can be treated 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 needed. Dr. Hove can determine which technique will be appropriate to achieve your desired results.
Incisions can be made on the inside of the eyelid or hidden below the eyelashes. Lower eyelid surgery can be performed under local anesthesia in the right circumstances, allowing for a quick recovery.
"I'm so happy with the way I look." A Blepharoplasty Patient Shares Her Story
"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
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. There is usually minimal discomfort, with most of our patients just taking Tylenol by day two. Patients will return to our practice serving the Philadelphia 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.