About Eyelid Surgery
The eyes are a unique feature of the face that deserve to sparkle; however, an abundance of skin or puffiness around the eyes can produce a tired and unflattering look. Plastic surgeon Dr. Cynthia Mizgala uses blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid surgery) to reduce excess skin and rejuvenate the upper or lower eyelid, or both. This simple surgery can create a younger and awakened facial appearance. Countless men and women receive eyelid surgery at A Woman Plastic Surgeon to eliminate saggy eyelids without looking overdone or surprised. Blepharoplasty, whether lower, upper, or both, can produce subtle yet striking improvements. If you want to learn more about rejuvenating your eyes with eyelid lift surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mizgala at her office in Metairie, LA.
"Dr. Mizgala is Phenomenal! - I recently had a Tummy Tuck / Liposuction procedure done by Dr. Mizgala and I couldn't be more happy with the results. Dr. Mizgala and her staff a great. They made me feel comfortable and answered all of my questions no matter how many I asked and believe me I asked a lot of them. I have never experienced a doctors visit as pleasant and professional as the ones I had with her. She will have my..."- L. / RealSelf / Nov 07, 2018
"very knowledgeable and friendly. She really cares about her patient."- L.P. / Google / Jun 21, 2019
"Dr. Mizgala and Her Staff Are the Best in the Business! Dr. Mizgala is the best! I had my initial consultation in August 2018, to discuss excess skin removal on my stomach, back and arms after losing around 140 pounds. I had maintained the weight loss for around 15 years, and my work and financial situation finally made skin removal surgery possible. I knew I was looking at major surgery/ surgeries, and I needed to feel confident and trusting of the person I chose to perform such extensive work on me. I have pre-existing high blood pressure, frequent skin infections and a history of severe nausea and vomiting with anesthesia. I needed a surgeon who appreciated the complexity involved with the amount of skin I needed removed, and who would be able to safely get the results I wanted. I consulted with two other surgeons, and both of those appointments were rushed and quite uninformative. Instead of answering my questions, I was referred to a pamphlet or the internet as I was being shown the door. My consultation with Dr. Mizgala was the exact opposite. I was encouraged and comfortable before I went to the office. Patty, the office manager, was so sweet and helpful when I spoke to her to make my appointment. At the consultation, Dr. Mizgala and I discussed several procedures to get the best results for my body type. She took the time to fully explain the pros and cons of each procedure, the downtime and recovery involved, and the results I could realistically expect. She answered my questions and addressed my concerns with respect and dignity. Together Dr. Mizgala and I came up with a plan of action that would provide the best outcome for me. I never felt rushed or like I was in a sales pitch; I was at ease and I just knew I was in good hands. From that very first day, I have felt safe, comfortable and supported by the entire staff. Every visit since then has just reinforced my feeling of gratitude for having found such a wonderful, caring surgeon and her awesome team. Dr. Mizgala and her staff truly care about their patients’ complete recovery. I had a fleur de lis tummy tuck and radiofrequency assisted liposuction on my neck in November, a bra line back lift in March, and an arm lift in April. I only had one minor wave of nausea between all 3 surgeries; I’ve experienced worse with a 15 minute epidural. I had several feet of incision on my torso and arms with the 3 surgeries. Given my long history of skin infections, it was not surprising that I experienced delayed healing in some areas. Dr. Mizgala saw me every single day, including weekends, and she came to my condo to check on me. She was also a strong advocate in helping me get the care I needed to heal with the best results. I felt her concern and I knew she sincerely cared about my recovery. I am absolutely thrilled with my results. Dr. Mizgala and her team have treated me like family throughout this entire process. I never expected this to be such a life-changing experience, inside and out. Dr. Mizgala and her staff’s encouragement helped me to find self-confidence I didn’t even realize I was missing! They all truly care about their patients’ holistic recovery every step of the way. When my life circumstances allowed me the opportunity to have my excess skin removed, this was mostly about the practicality of getting rid of the physical complications caused by the skin while I was still relatively young. I wanted to be able to exercise without having infections and interference from the extra skin, and I wanted to get the extra weight off my back to help my sciatica and hip pain. I got the practical results I was looking for, but the care, support and encouragement of Dr. Mizgala and her staff have given me so much more. I thought this was going to be the last step in my weight loss journey, but it has turned out to be the start of my new life. I’m not afraid to stand up for myself, which is an incredible and priceless surprise. My friends and family see a huge difference in the way I look and carry myself, physically and mentally. I recently turned 45 years old, and I called it my Re-Birth Day. I knew I would have a significant change in my body, but I never dreamed I would have such an incredible mental and emotional transformation so quickly. I have been reborn as a confident, self-assured woman, and I am excited to think about what’s to come in my new life."- L. / RealSelf / May 09, 2019
"Excellent experience - It has been a few years but she was very patient and kind and really cared about me. Her staff was also great. I still recommend people to her even though it’s been overs 5 years. JoAnn Proctor"- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 26, 2019
"I Had a Wonderful Experience - It has been a few years, but Dr. Mizgala did my breast reduction and tummy tuck. She was very kind and attentive and I still recommend people who are considering any type of surgery for cosmetic reasons to contact her office. JoAnn Proctor"- J. / RealSelf / Apr 25, 2019
Upper or lower blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that is performed on both men and women. At your first visit, treatment alternatives will be explained by Dr. Mizgala based on your areas of concern. Generally, ideal candidates complain of excess, drooping skin and folds that exist on the top eyelids, or puffiness and fine lines on the bottom eyelids. For a rejuvenated yet natural look, eyelid surgery may be the right surgery for you. If you have hanging skin that folds over on the upper eyelids or bulges and puffiness under the eyes, blepharoplasty can treat this to give you a more youthful appearance.
Upper and/or lower blepharoplasty are usually performed in an outpatient surgery center under IV sedation. Some patients do prefer general anesthesia. This cosmetic procedure may be done on the upper eyelid(s) alone, on the bottom eyelid(s), or a combination of both eyelids.
Upper blepharoplasty assists in decreasing the folds of skin that droops over the eye to create a more awakened and appealing look. An incision is usually made along the lid crease to excise loose skin and fatty tissue.
Eyelid correction on the lower lid is performed to reduce puffiness and bulging beneath the lower eyelid and to minimize fine wrinkles. The incision is carefully made along the lash line to allow access to remove tissue and fat, and the skin is subtly lifted to allow for a softer, flatter look. In some cases, a nonsurgical laser treatment can be incorporated to assist with discoloration, while fillers can be used for more smoothness and to fill under eye circles if desired.
What to Expect
Eyelid surgery can last up to two hours, depending on whether one or both eyelids are treated. After this outpatient surgery, there is minimal to no pain, but there may be some bruising for about a week. A cold compress can help reduce discomfort, swelling, and bruising. The results from eyelid surgery can last years, but even though they are lasting, the aging process does not stop. To maintain your surgical outcome, other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments at A Woman Plastic Surgeon, such as fillers, peels, and lasers, might be recommended over the years.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Blepharoplasty costs vary, depending on whether you are having an upper eyelid lift, lower, or both. The average price range for blepharoplasty, depending on what is being addressed, is typically about $4,200 – $7,900. To make it easy for you to afford an enhancement, such as an eyelid lift, A Woman Plastic Surgeon accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest financing.
What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Eyelid surgery not only helps to refresh your appearance, but it can also improve other aspects of your life. You may find your field of vision expanding when hanging skin from your upper eyelid is removed. It can also be easier to apply eye makeup when your upper eyelid is smooth. Eliminating fine lines, "crepey" skin, puffy bags, and dark circles under your eyes can make your eyes look brighter and fuller without cosmetics.
Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Wrinkles on your forehead and the corners of your eyes (Crow's feet) may be better corrected with a BOTOX or a brow lift because the results of the eyelid surgery are confined to the eyelids only. Eyelid surgery can be combined with a nonsurgical procedure, such as BOTOX, which greatly minimizes wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. An injectable filler can also be effective because it adds volume to hollow areas for a smoother appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Mizgala will create your personal treatment plan based on your eyelid anatomy.
What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Noninvasive skin tightening procedures and injectable treatments (for example, Restylane, Juvéderm, and BOTOX) can provide some improvements. However, if you have moderate to severe sagging skin or want long-lasting results, an eyelid lift would be better than a nonsurgical treatment. After you have talked to Dr. Mizgala about your concerns and goals for your eyes, she can explain her recommendations for your nonsurgical or surgical treatment plan. She may also suggest both surgical and nonsurgical procedures for best results.
- Average Cost
- $4,200 - $7,900
- Recovery Time
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week, 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
If you find it difficult to see or apply makeup because of folds of skin on the upper eyelid, or you suffer from puffy bags under your eyes, then upper or lower blepharoplasty or both at A Woman Plastic Surgeon may be right for you. This enhancement can help you look refreshed and youthful without changing the shape of your eyes or looking unnatural. We invite you to get in touch with our office in Metairie, LA to learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Mizgala.