Blepharoplasty Boise, Idaho
To revitalize tired eyes and regain a youthful and alert look, many patients opt for blepharoplasty. This common eyelid-rejuvenation option is also known as an eye lift, eyelid lift, or eyelid surgery. Patients who are interested in blepharoplasty within the Treasure Valley and beyond should consider Dr. Mark Boerner, an experienced board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon. Dr. Boerner specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery and other facial procedures, and with over 25 years of experience and over 12,000 surgical procedures performed, he is an excellent choice for your eyelid surgery.
The Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty offers a number of benefits:
- Improves visual field
- Tightens droopy eyelids
- Smooths away fine age lines and wrinkles
- Reduces eyelid puffiness
Blepharoplasty results in a more youthful, energetic, and friendly appearance, and also improves visual field obstructed by eyelid skin.
Is Eyelid Surgery Functional or Cosmetic?
This procedure can be functional and/or cosmetic in nature depending on the patient’s goals. When blepharoplasty removes or tightens drooping skin that is affecting one’s vision, the surgery is considered functional. When the eye lift is done to rejuvenate the appearance of the face and eyes, it is considered cosmetic.
Am I a Good Candidate for an Eyelid Lift?
Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are patients who are in overall good health, are non-smokers, and do not have eye infections or other health issues affecting the region. Smokers will need to quit at least two weeks before the date of the surgery and will need to avoid smoking during their recovery process.
What is the Difference Between Functional and Cosmetic Blepharoplasty?
What Happens During Blepharoplasty?
At the start of the blepharoplasty procedure, either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation will be administered. Following this, Dr. Boerner uses a laser to removes excess skin and access the underlying tissues.
For an upper-eyelid blepharoplasty, the incision will be made at the natural crease at the top of the eyelid. For the lower lids, there are two options: transcutaneous and transconjunctival. The former incision is made at the lash line, whereas the latter is made inside the lid and is best when there is no sagging skin present, only bulging fatty tissue.
Incisions allow Dr. Boerner to tighten the drooping muscles, remove excess skin, and remove/reposition excess fat. Once this is complete, the incisions are carefully closed.
Eyelid Lift Healing and Recovery
Once the eye lift surgery is finished, you will not be able to drive for the rest of the day. You will need a friend or family member to drive you home and help out around the house, so make sure to arrange this in advance.
An important aspect of the blepharoplasty healing process is making sure that your eyes and eyelids do not dry out. Eyedrops or ointments may be prescribed by Dr. Boerner to help avoid dryness.
Because the already-thin tissues of the eyelids will be temporarily weakened during healing, they will be more prone to sun damage. Please always wear proper sunscreen, avoid heavy sun exposure, and wear sunglasses.
How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost?
Some prospective eye lift patients may worry about the cost being prohibitive. In cases where the procedure is functional, part or all the blepharoplasty cost may be covered by your healthcare provider. When it is purely cosmetic, patients general pay out of pocket.
Get Started with a Blepharoplasty Consultation
At Idaho Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Mark Boerner regularly performs blepharoplasty for patients from all over Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Schedule your eye lift consultation – contact us today.
“My sister in law referred me to Idaho Eyelid and Facial Plastic Surgery for droopy eyelids. I went to Dr. Boerner and learned about the blepharoplasty surgery to correct my problem. I really like the results as my eyes look so much brighter! I have sent other patients his way. This surgery was totally worth it, and I would do it again even though I didn’t like the darned anesthetic shots”