At our practice in Richmond, eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgery that many of our facial plastic surgery patients are interested in. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Darrin Hubert will meet with you in his office to discuss your goals and how to achieve your desired look. Dr. Hubert strives to deliver the best eyelid surgery Richmond residents can look forward to. Dr. Hubert tailors his approach to your specific needs. Even a subtle change can make a huge difference in your overall facial appearance.
Surgery of the eyelids is actually called blepharoplasty, however, many patients refer to it as eyelid surgery or eyelid lift. To understand the surgery better, it’s important to understand the reasons patients want—and sometimes need—the surgery. Some problems that can affect the appearance of your eyes, which lead to a tired or old look are, hooded upper eyelids, extra skin or bulging fat, wrinkly skin, bags in the lower eyelids, vision problems occurring from the upper eyelid skin. Our Richmond eyelid surgery addresses these problems to give you a refreshed and youthful result.
We see all types of blepharoplasty candidates. Because the surgery can fix issues patients were born with, develop with age, or have inherited through genetics. Below, we’ve listed candidates for our Richmond blepharoplasty:
Patients should be in good health and not smoke
Patients are typically over the age of 18 years old
Many candidates for the procedure have puffy under-eye bags
Candidates have wrinkles under their eyes
Candidates have lax skin on the upper eyelids, which can even block vision
There are countless benefits to the operation. Below, we’ve included some advantages that our patients experience:
Blepharoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure. Meaning you get to rest and recuperate from the luxury of your own home
The surgery can be combined with other procedures to compliment your new look. Many of our patients also get a facelift or brow lift
Take years off your face in a matter of a few hours!
Instantly look less tired and more refreshed
In some patients, eyelid surgery can improve vision, which was being blocked by the skin from their upper eyelids
If you’re interested in the surgery or have questions, the first step is to get in touch! By either filling out a contact form or giving us a ring, our compassionate team will schedule a consultation, so that you can meet one-on-one with Dr. Hubert. During your consultation, Dr. Hubert will examine your eye area and provide you with his expert recommendations. Dr. Hubert is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a proud member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
If you’re happy with Dr. Hubert’s assessment, surgery will be booked, and we’ll go over pre-and postoperative instructions. It’s important to answer all questions with honesty, as it will lead to the best outcome.
During your consultation, be as open with Dr. Hubert about your aesthetic desires. Remember, great communication equals great results.
It’s important to understand the surgery and decide if you need surgery on all four eyelids or just the uppers or lowers. Below, is additional information on upper and lower eyelid surgery.
Dr. Hubert places the incision in the normal fold of the upper eyelid. If you have hanging extra skin or excess fat, all of this can be removed through the same incision. And because the location of the scar is carefully hidden along the natural fold, it is nearly invisible. Typically Dr. Hubert uses one or two sutures that are removed in the office within the first week.
Problems that bother people with their lower eyelids tend to fall into two categories. The first is wrinkly skin, and the second is puffy bags with excess fat. Some people even have a combination of the two. Dr. Hubert removes unwanted and wrinkly skin through a tiny incision hidden just below the lower eyelashes. Once healed, this scar tends to be nearly unnoticeable. Problems with bags under the eyes, on the other hand, are addressed through an incision on the inside of the eyelid, so that it is not even visible at all. Dr. Hubert may remove fat or use the fat already there to create a smooth transition from the eyelid to the cheek, thus eliminating the puffy bags. This “transconjunctival” approach to the lower eyelid preserves the important muscle of the eyelid which closes the eye and helps to avoid problems with the position of the lower eyelid after surgery.
Bruising and swelling after the surgery tends to be mild, and staying in an upright position and using your cold packs as instructed keep this to a minimum. Any non-absorbable suture removal occurs around five to seven days, and vigorous activity and exercise should be avoided for at least a week. Most patients can be back at work and social activities within two weeks, and your refreshed, final results tend to be more apparent by four weeks.
The cost of Richmond eyelid surgery can vary, depending on a number of factors. Dr. Hubert will meet with you in his office to discuss all associated costs. Sometimes your health insurance may cover the upper eyelid portion if the heavy skin is blocking your vision and is confirmed by visual field testing. During your consultation, Dr. Hubert can discuss all forms of payment, including financing through CareCredit.
During your consultation, Dr. Hubert will discuss the details of your surgery, show you before and after photos, and answer any questions you may have. Rest assured that you’ll be in great hands as Dr. Hubert is considered by his patients to be one of the best plastic surgeons in Richmond, VA. Contact us today to get started.
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Your Blepharoplasty Questions Answered
How Long Until I See Results?
Most patients see results of their Richmond blepharoplasty after a few weeks after the swelling has subsided.
How Long Are the Results of Eyelid Surgery?
What’s wonderful about this procedure is that the results are permanent!
Can I wear contact lenses after my surgery?
Post-operative instructions will be given to you prior to surgery. However, it’s recommended that you don’t wear contacts for at least two weeks after surgery. Dr. Hubert will let you know when it’s safe to put your lenses back in. Use this time to let your eyeballs rest, and sport some nice frames!
Thanks for your help and kindness when I was at St. Mary’s. I consider you one of the angels that appeared in my life. You did a great and beautiful work of art in my face. I’m amazed! You are a very special person and a very dedicated professional.
Dr. Hubbert did a great job! He was very informative and patient. He listened and answered all of the questions and concerns that I had. I couldn't have been in better hands!
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