Factors such as genetics, stress, sun exposure, and even squinting can affect the delicate skin around your eyelids. This often leads to signs of aging such as wrinkles, sagging skin, and heavy under-eye bags that negatively impact your facial appearance. Luckily, plastic surgeons can alleviate these changes to reveal a youthful and rejuvenated facial appearance. Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that aims to improve drooping skin, puffiness, and other signs of exhaustion that may obstruct your vision or disturb your facial look and balance. Many patients who receive this procedure enjoy complete transformation of their entire face, with renewed vitality and enhanced natural beauty.
Phoenix plastic surgeon Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin performs eyelid surgery with the goal of alleviating signs of age, stress, and fatigue. Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin have helped numerous men and women from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and surrounding AZ cities improve their facial appearance and vision with plastic surgery, such as eyelid surgery. The surgeon understands that the needs of different individuals are unique and works to create a highly customized treatment plan to suit the needs of each eyelid lift patient.
Eyelid surgery is among the top 3 most popular cosmetic surgery procedures today. In 2019, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that there were more than 211,005 blepharoplasty procedures in the United States alone. This was a 2% increase from the previous year. Based on a survey of over 3,000 patients at realpatientratings.com, more than 93% of individuals who undergo blepharoplasty are satisfied with the outcome.
Origin of Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
In its loose definition, eyelid surgery has been around since ancient times. Documents from the 18th century BC detail eye diseases that required the excision of an infected sore around the eye. In the 19th century, advances in eye surgery started to pick up again. The term ‘blepharoplasty’ was coined in 1818 by Karl Ferdinand Von Graefe, who described it as a cosmetic eyelid procedure. In modern times, there have been tremendous advancements in cosmetic eye surgery techniques. Since the 1980s, plastic surgeons have advanced new techniques that lead to enhanced outcomes and improved patient comfort during the treatment.
Is this Procedure for me?
Eyelid surgery – also referred to as blepharoplasty – is a cosmetic surgery procedure that corrects eyelid imperfections by removing excess skin, fat, and muscle. This procedure can be performed on the lower eyelids, upper eyelids, or both. You may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty if:
- You are in excellent physical and emotional health
- You have excess fatty deposits that lead to puffiness in your upper eyelids
- You have excess loose skin that causes folds or negatively affects the contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes even impairing vision
- You have excess skin, wrinkles, and/or droopiness in the lower eyelids
- You comprehend and understand the risks and rewards of this treatment
Dr. Tessler or Dr. Turin will reserve your first visit at their Phoenix office to understand your needs and goals. The surgeon will listen to your concerns, ask questions, and learn about your medical history before letting you know whether this treatment is for you. Blepharoplasty is a highly individualized procedure. For this reason, our doctors emphasize that each patient ensures they are having this surgery out of their own volition, not because someone else asked them to.
Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery is a procedure of choice for individuals who are looking to address imperfections in the lower or upper eyelid. This plastic surgery offers many unique benefits:
- Smoother forehead – People who have heavy eyelids that encroach on their line of vision may get used to the habit of raising their eyebrows in order to get a better view. Over time, this leads to the occurrences of deep furrows on the forehead. Blepharoplasty plastic surgery removes the excess weight from the eyelid, thus eliminating the brow-bunching habit and the forehead wrinkles that result from it.
- Brighter eyes – When excess skin and tissue encroaches around the eyes, it gives the impression of a tired or sleepy facial appearance. Eyelid lift ‘opens the drapes’ to allow more light in and alleviate the dull look of your eyes. Many patients who receive this procedure find that their eyes appear to sparkle and look brighter.
- Improved vision – Some patients have extreme upper eyelid puffiness or drooping that can obstruct their line of vision. Blepharoplasty surgery removes excess skin and tissue in order to alleviate this concern. Many patients who receive this procedure find that they are able to improve their vision while also enhancing the cosmetic appearance of their eye and face in general.
- Youthful appearance – Because eyelid lift enhances the shape and appearance of the eyes, it leads to a refreshed facial appearance. Patients who receive this treatment often see a dramatic improvement in their overall facial looks, leading to an improvement in their sense of self-esteem and self-confidence.
The key to a successful blepharoplasty is to work with the right surgeon. Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin bring a keen sense of professionalism, as well as a commitment to results and patient safety to the operating table. Regardless of your motivations or aesthetic concerns, the surgeon will create an individualized treatment plan to reach your goals.
Types of Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, upper eyelids, or both to suit the needs of the patient and the goals of the surgery.
Upper eyelid surgery
This type of procedure aims to remove excess drooping skin on the upper lid and smoothen the area in order to achieve a refreshed, vibrant appearance. The surgeon will create an incision along the natural folds of the eyelid, and use it to remove excess skin and fat, as well as eliminate bulges. In some cases, the fat tissue will be repositioned instead of being removed. Once the treatment is complete, Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin will close the incisions using very fine sutures. This surgical technique is particularly beneficial for individuals who suffer from obstructed vision as a result of sagging eyelids.
Lower eyelid surgery
Lower blepharoplasty aims to correct bulging or sagging from underneath the eye. The surgeon may make an incision slightly below the lower eyelash and use it to remove excess skin, fat, and tissue. An alternative – which is suitable for patients with good skin elasticity – is to create a transconjunctival incision. This entails making a cut inside the lower eyelid and using it to remove the recess tissue. Incisions will be closed with fine sutures once the reshaping is complete. Lower blepharoplasty results in a rejuvenated and refreshed eye appearance.
Ethnic eyelid surgery
Ethnic eyelid surgery is performed on Asian contoured eyelids where the upper blepharoplasty can be used to make a more defined upper eyelid fold and remove epicanthal folds from the medial portion of the upper lid. This procedure is becoming more and more popular with Asian culture.
Mid Facelift with Blepharoplasty
If lower eyelids are sagging, oftentimes the midfacial tissue needs a slight lift as well. When the excess tissue is removed from the lower eyelid, it is accompanied with redraping the midfacial tissue and raising it to a more youthful position. This, sometimes with added fat grafting, is often recommended to give patients an extra rejuvenated appearance.
Upon listening to your concerns and examining your eyes, Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin will be able to recommend the best treatment approach for your needs.
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed in Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s in-office operating room or accredited medical facilities. Before the treatment, Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s certified anesthesiologist will apply anesthetic (usually general anesthesia) in order to ensure the patient’s safety and comfort. The surgeon will then create a minimal incision in the most favorable fashion, and remove excess skin, fat, and tissue as desired. Once the reshaping is complete, the surgeon will close the incisions using fine sutures, and cover the treatment area appropriately. You will be kept in Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s monitoring room for a short while before you are allowed to go home. This treatment takes about 1-3 hours to complete depending on the extensiveness of the procedure.
Recovery after your Eyelid Surgery in Phoenix
Most eyelid surgery can be safely and easily done in our well-equipped clinic space, but some lower lid procedures are better suited for the surgery center. In either case, you will need someone to accompany you home after the procedure. You will be asked to keep your head in an elevated position over the first few days. Most patients will experience bruising and swelling immediately after the surgery. Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin will provide pain medication to alleviate this discomfort. Light sensitivity, blurring, double vision, and tearing is also common after blepharoplasty but tends to dissipate with time. You may be provided with a medicinal ointment that helps lubricate your eyes and assist the healing process. Most of Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s patients are able to resume normal daily routines within a week. However, you will be advised to avoid strenuous activities for at least 3 weeks. It is very important that you attend the postoperative appointments and strictly adhere to Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s recovery instructions in order to ensure prompt healing after this surgery.
Expected Cost of Eyelid Lift in Phoenix AZ
The cost of body lift surgery varies greatly depending on the extensiveness of the treatment. On average, most of Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s body patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and nearby areas can expect to pay between $4,000 and $7,000 for this treatment. Health insurers may pay for this procedure if your vision is affected by drooping eyelids. However, if you need eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons, you will need to pay for this treatment out of pocket. During your initial consultation at Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s office, the surgeon’s team will provide a cost estimate so you can make arrangements for financing.
Dr. Tessler’s Credentials
Oren Tessler, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Phoenix area. Dr. Tessler is highly proficient in multiple plastic surgery techniques, including eye surgery, body contouring, and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Tessler earned his MD – MBA at McGill University. His plastic and reconstructive surgical training was concluded at McGill University followed by his fellowship training at Harvard University, both of which are the best and top ranked medical programs throughout the U.S. and Canada. He was appointed as an assistant and associate professor of Plastic Surgery at Louisiana State University and Tulane University. Dr. Tessler has also served as Director of Plastic Surgery at University Medical Center, as well as contributed research and trained dozens of upcoming plastic surgeons. Dr. Tessler’s passion lies in restoring form and function while improving the quality of life for his eyelid surgery patients. He brings a friendly and personalized approach to plastic surgery while working with highly qualified anesthesiologists and other support staff that strives to deliver the best eyelid lift Phoenix, AZ has to offer.
Dr. Turin’s Credentials
Dr. Turin has authored over 55 publications as well as 9 book chapters in the plastic, cosmetic, and reconstructive space. As a Silver Scalpel Award winner and a prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society title owner, his attention to detail is not lost on his patients. “I commit totally to the patient in front of me – whether in clinic or in the OR, I’m dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for them.”