Eyelid Surgery (Cosmetic Upper or Lower Blepharoplasty) – Metairie and New Orleans, LA*

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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.

Ideal Candidates

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.

Surgical Technique

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
    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.
  • Lower
    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.

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Procedure Details

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  
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Younger-Looking Eyes

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.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.