We Answered Your Most-Asked Eyelid Surgery Questions

Woman smiling after recovering from eyelid surgery

Considering blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)? At my plastic surgery practice in Kalispell, MT, the facial rejuvenation procedure continues to be one of the most popular among both women and men. It offers a subtle but effective anti-aging effect by creating a more awake, refreshed appearance without dramatically changing the way you look.

If you’re like many of the people I meet with about the procedure, you likely have many questions about whether it’s right for you and what you can expect before, during, and after eyelid surgery. In this blog post, I’ll answer a few of the questions I hear most to help you plan for your experience.

Should I get eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery may be the right choice for you if:

  • You struggle with droopy eyelids that make you look tired even when you’re fully rested.
  • You have persistent puffy fat deposits or bags in your lower eyelids.
  • You’re able to take the necessary time to recover—usually a week to 10 days away from work.
  • You have realistic expectations for the results of your surgery.

Keep in mind that I can only confidently recommend eyelid surgery after meeting with you in person to evaluate your face and discuss your goals.

Learn more about whether eyelid surgery is right for you in our previous blog post.

How long does eyelid surgery take?

Eyelid surgery usually takes between 1 and 3 hours, depending on whether the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both are treated. You can choose to be placed under either local or general anesthesia as the procedure takes place.

Does insurance cover eyelid surgery?

Insurance typically only covers eyelid surgery if you can prove droopy upper eyelids are impairing your vision. If impaired vision is not a factor for you, your surgery will be considered a cosmetic procedure and will not be covered by insurance. You’ll need to check with your provider to determine your coverage.

What will my eyelid surgery scars look like?

Eyelid surgery scars are designed to be very small and well-hidden in the natural creases of the eyelids. While they may appear slightly raised and pink initially, they typically fade to thin, barely visible lines by about 6 months after your surgery.

Can I drive home after eyelid surgery?

You will need someone to drive you home after surgery. In addition to your eyes being sensitive and possibly covered with dressings, some remaining effects of your anesthetic or pain medications will impair your ability to drive safely. It’s best to ask a trusted friend or family member to drive you home that day. You should be able to drive again after about 24 hours.

How much does eyelid surgery cost?

RealSelf.com reports the average cost of eyelid surgery is $4,700. The cost of eyelid surgery varies depending on factors such as which eyelids are treated, your surgeon’s experience, and where you live. Visiting our practice for a consultation is the best way to determine what your pricing will be.

To see examples of the eyelid surgery results our surgeons have created, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.

If you would like to learn more about eyelid surgery at our plastic surgery practice in Kalispell, MT, please contact us online or call (406) 756-2241.

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