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Eyelid Surgery in New Orleans, LA

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What is Eyelid Surgery?

The eyes are a beautiful feature of the face that deserves to be visible, but sometimes excess skin above or under the eyes can create an unflattering facial appearance or an appearance of being tired or aged. Plastic surgeon Dr. Heath Charvet uses eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) to lift and tighten the lower or upper eyelids to create a softer look. So many men and women undergo eyelid surgery at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa to correct sagging skin, leading to improved functionality and a renewed facial appearance. If you are interested in rejuvenating your eyes with eyelid lift surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Charvet at his practice in New Orleans, LA.

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How is Eyelid Surgery Performed?

Depending on the complexity of your eyelid surgery, general anesthesia or IV sedation will be used. This procedure may be done on the top eyelid by itself, on the bottom eyelid, or a combination of both treatments.

  • Upper: Upper blepharoplasty assists in decreasing the hanging of skin that impairs vision to create a more flattering look. An incision is usually made along the lid crease to excise tissue and fat.
  • Lower: Lower blepharoplasty is performed to improve puffy skin under the lower eyelid. The incision is made below the lash line to allow access to remove fat, and the skin is delicately lifted to produce a smoother look.

Eyelid surgery can take up to two hours, depending on whether one or both eyes are treated. After surgery, you should allow a few days to rest at home. A cold compress can assist in reducing bruising and swelling if necessary. The outcomes from eyelid surgery may last a decade or longer, but even though they are lasting, the aging process does not stop. To complement your surgical outcomes, facial rejuvenation treatments at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa, such as chemical peels and injectable fillers, can be paired to create a glowing appearance.

Eyelid Surgery FAQ

How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Cosmetic eyelid surgery costs will vary depending on whether you are getting an upper eyelid lift, lower, or both. When your treatment plan has been created during your consultation, Dr. Charvet can then discuss estimated costs. To get results that look natural and last for many years, it is better to concentrate on finding an experienced surgeon whom you trust, like Dr. Charvet, rather than looking for the lowest cost. To help you afford great results, Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa takes many payment methods, including low-interest financing.

Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
When loose skin is limiting your vision, your health insurance might cover some of your eyelid lift. Please tell Dr. Charvet in your initial consultation if you may be using your insurance. Someone at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa can help you submit the needed paperwork and information for your provider to process your claim. Generally, you will need a letter from an optometrist or ophthalmologist stating that an eyelid lift is medically necessary to restore your vision.

What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Eyelid surgery not only helps to refresh your appearance, but it can also give you other benefits. You may find your vision field expanding when loose skin from your upper eyelid is removed. It is also much easier to put on eye makeup when your upper lid is smooth. Getting rid of fine lines, paper-thin skin, puffy bags, and dark circles under your eyes may make your eyes look fuller and brighter without cosmetics.

Will an eyelid surgery fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Forehead wrinkles and crow's feet might be better treated with a brow lift or facelift as the results of the eyelid surgery are limited to the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty may be combined with a nonsurgical procedure such as BOTOX®, which combats wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. Wrinkle fillers, like JUVÉDERM® or Restylane®, may also be effective because it adds volume to hollow areas for a smoother appearance. In your initial consultation, Dr. Charvet will create your custom treatment plan based on your needs and goals.

What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Nonsurgical skin tightening and injectable treatments (like BOTOX, Restylane, and JUVÉDERM) can give you mild improvements. Although, if you want to fix moderate to severe sagging skin or want long-lasting results, eyelid surgery would be better than a nonsurgical treatment. Once you have talked to Dr. Charvet about your concerns and goals for your eyes, he can explain his suggestions for your surgical or nonsurgical treatment plan. He may also suggest both nonsurgical and surgical procedures for your best results.

A Wide-Eyed Appearance

If you are having a hard time seeing due to folds of skin on your upper eyelids, or you suffer from puffy bags under your eyes, then blepharoplasty at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa may be the answer for you. This eyelid surgery can help you look youthful and awakened while offering a beautiful solution to your vision impairment concerns. We invite you to contact our office in New Orleans, LA to make a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Heath Charvet.

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