Eyelid Surgery

Do you always look tired even if you don’t feel that way? Are your eyelids causing functional problems with your vision? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frederick K. Park performs eyelid surgery, technically called blepharoplasty, in Rocky Mount to help women and men from areas like Greenville, Wilson, Weldon, and Murfreesboro, NC, rejuvenate their appearance and enhance their quality of life.

What Is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery is one of the most common procedures Dr. Park performs. This facial plastic surgery procedure can improve the appearance of either the upper lids, lower lids, or both. Upper eyelid surgery can also improve peripheral vision for some patients.

Dr. Park’s Approach:

The eyes have many classic aging changes. Patients note that their upper eyelid skin is too abundant and hangs too low, that they appear tired from lower eyelid dark circles and bags, that their eyebrows seem to have fallen, and that fine wrinkling has taken over their eyelid skin.

The good news is that there are excellent techniques to reverse these changes. With facial plastic surgery, the skin can be removed and tightened, fat can be removed and repositioned, wrinkles can be lasered smooth, and the brows can be lifted.

The fear that some patients have that they will look “surprised” after eyelid surgery can be easily avoided with good, conservative techniques.

Rejuvenate your eyes and you are on your way to a more youthful appearance.” 

What’s Upper Eyelid Surgery?

Upper eyelid surgery removes lax upper eyelid skin and surrounding pockets of fat that can make patients look tired and aged. Some patients need a brow lift instead of or in addition to upper eyelid surgery to look rejuvenated. Dr. Park performs the surgery by concealing the incisions in the natural eyelid crease.

What’s Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Lower eyelid surgery can provide any combination of the following benefits:

  • Tightening lax, crepey skin under the eyes
  • Reducing puffy under-eye bags
  • Raising drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
  • Softening dark circles under the eyes (shadows from the puffiness)

Under-eye darkness caused by excess pigmentation can often be softened with a chemical peel.

Dr. Park performs lower eyelid surgery through incisions placed within the lower eyelids or along the lower lash line depending on individual needs. Through the incisions, he removes excess skin and redistributes bulging fat pockets.

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost in Rocky Mount?

The cost of eyelid surgery in Greenville, Halifax, and Rocky Mount, NC, varies with a number of factors including the specifics of the surgery (top eyelids, bottom eyelids, or both), type of anesthesia, and your surgeon’s level of expertise. The best way to determine your pricing is to meet with Dr. Park for a private consultation. 

Can Eyelid Surgery Be Combined With Other Procedures?

Many patients choose a more complete facial rejuvenation by combining eyelid surgery with a brow lift and/or facelift. Nonsurgical options such as dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic can enhance blepharoplasty results as well.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Blepharoplasty?

Patients typically are ready to return to non-strenuous work and activities in 7 to 10 days. Swelling and bruising are normal for the first week or 2 and can be minimized by icing as directed. It also helps to keep your head elevated at all times for the first week by sleeping in a recliner or propped up in bed with pillows. Sutures are removed within 5 to 6 days.

Eyelid Surgery FAQ

What’s the best age for a blepharoplasty?

Dr. Park performs blepharoplasty for adults of all ages, so there is no “best” age for having the procedure. He helps younger patients address concerns due to genetics such as naturally heavy eyelids. In middle age to older patients, he can correct skin laxity and fat deposits associated with the natural aging process.

Do you look younger after the procedure?

Dr. Park believes the eye area is the single most effective area to rejuvenate when trying to restore a more youthful appearance of the face. Addressing sagging skin and fat deposits can open up the upper face, making patients look both younger and refreshed.

Is the surgery painful?

While bruising and swelling are common after eyelid surgery, patients are often surprised by how little discomfort they experience. Most do not need pain medication at all.

Are there nonsurgical alternatives to eyelid surgery?

Patients with minimal eyelid sagging and brow heaviness may benefit from BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal filler injections instead of eyelid surgery; however, most have lax skin and pockets of fat that need to be physically removed. Results from surgery are more noticeable and last much longer than nonsurgical treatments as well.

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