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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) according to Seattle Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Those of us who live in Seattle don’t often need sunglasses so it’s a little harder for us to hide our eyelid sags and bags behind dark lenses. Thank heavens for blepharoplasty!  By the way, this is one of the most common procedures I do for male patients.

Check out these before and after photos in my gallery.

Quick Facts

  • Costs:  Highly variable depending on whether 2 or 4 lids are done and how long it takes.  Low ball for upper lids with just some excess skin under local anesthesia – about $3100.  High ball for upper and lower lids with lots of fat removal and either deep sedation or general anesthesia – about $6400.
  • How much it hurts:  Not much.  More of an ache and a sharp pain.
  • Time off work or school or social activities:  This depends on IF YOU CARE THAT PEOPLE KNOW YOU HAD – GASP- PLASTIC SURGERY.  When I had my four lid blepharoplasty 15 years ago, I took 1.5 days off of work because I DIDN’T CARE!  If you care, you probably want to hide out for about a week and then plan on getting back to the action wearing glasses and or some cover-up make up.  You can always tell the busy bodies that you laser vision correction and they really beat you up.
  • Time off driving again:  2 – 7 days or until you are off narcotic pain medication.
  • Time off the gym:  At least two weeks.  You really do not want to get your blood pressure or heart rate up the first few weeks after surgery. 
  • Time off the slopes:  At least three weeks.
  • Time off the kite board:  At least four weeks.
  • How long it lasts:  A really long time.  My lids still look great after 18 years!
  • Patient satisfaction:  High.

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and/or fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids and can help restore a more youthful and rested appearance to the upper face. The technique of blepharoplasty varies from patient to patient. I will evaluated you at the initial consultation and discuss which technique would best suit you.

Most patients who have this procedure are middle aged and older although sometimes younger patients who have inherited excess fat around the eyes can also benefit from blepharoplasty.

The procedure is either done in my AAAASF certified Seattle office operating room or at Seattle Surgery Center which is conveniently located next to my office building. Usually the procedure is done with intravenous sedation combined with a local anesthetic although some patients elect to have a general anesthetic. You may go home the day of surgery.

Recovery from this procedure is usually quite rapid. The eyelids are swollen and bruised noticeably for about one week. After a week, the residual swelling can be concealed with make up or tinted eye glasses. The scars are well hidden in the upper eyelid crease and along the border of the lower eyelid or inside the lower eyelid.

To schedule a consultation with me, please call 206 467-1101.

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