This patient in her 60's had severe ptosis, or drooping of the eyes at the time of surgery.

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What will the Eyelid lift surgery do for me?

by Dr. Ricardo L Rodriguez

Eyelift or blepharoplasty surgery removes excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids. It gives the patient a more refreshed, rested, and youthful look.

Who benefits from the eyelid lift procedure?

I have extra skin on my upper eyelids.

-a Baltimore patient

The eyelid procedure is requested by not only aging patient, but also patients who are in their twenties. Many of these patients have the outer corner of the eye situated at a level below that of the inner corner. Some describe this as a puppy dog look. They often request an almond shaped eye (Tiger Woods, Beyonce). Others (often of Asian heritage) request widening of the eye.

In the mid to late thirties the skin on the eyelids relaxes and becomes thinner. The cheek and the eyebrow also descend, giving a crowded look to the eyes. As they descend they tend to pull the outer corner of the eye down.

Can my sagging upper eyelids be treated by a brow lift instead?

Yes, in fact, often times Dr. Rodriguez prefers to treat sagging upper eyelids with a Brow Lift. He feels that drooping eyelids are usually a result of a sagging brow. He feels that lifting the brow is the most natural way to bring the eyebrows and lids back to where they should be in their youthful state.  You can get some idea if you might benefit from a Brow Lift by looking in the mirror and raising your upper brow 1/2 inch on each top side. To read more about Dr. Rodriguez' thoughts on why some patients need a brow lift more than an eyelift, please read his blog.

Can I get a Brow Lift and an Upper Eyelid Lift?

If there is excessive eyelid skin, you may need both procedures. However, Dr. Rodriguez prefers to perform the Brow Lift first, as more than 90% of the time, it is enough to lift the upper eyelids to a youthful position.

How long is the healing for the Eyelid Lift procedure?

The area around your eyes will be bruised for about 10 days. Many people go out in public with large sunglasses. Sometimes there is residual swelling for longer. This can often be helped with massage.

Will the procedure hurt?

Eye lift surgery can be performed under local anesthesia in the office or in our AAAASF Accredited surgery center using  IV anesthesia. If you elect to have the procedure under local anesthesia, Dr. Rodriguez will ensure that the area is numbed enough so that you do not feel anything. This local experience is comparable to having a dental procedure.

Eyelid Surgery Before and After Photos

See our patient gallery of  Eyelid Surgery Before and After Photos all performed by Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with over 20 years experience. Please note that all of these patients have given written consent to use their photos at our web site. We are very grateful for their participation in patient education!

How much does the Eyelid Lift procedure cost?

The eyelift procedure is less expensive if performed in the office because there are no hospital or anesthesia fees. If performed in the office, the physician fee for the upper eyelift procedure is $1800.

Financing is available.

Please call the office at 410-494-8100 for more information or click the contact us button below.

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