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The appearance and function of our eyelids can change drastically as we age. Some people develop unattractive, droopy upper lids that may interfere with vision. Others can have problems with lower lids leading to unsightly bags, excessive tearing, dryness of the eyes, and even scratches to the eye’s surface. Dr. Ploplys offers a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the upper and lower eyelids. Please click the link below to see our patient photos, and call for a consultation to see if eyelid surgery is right for you.

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is performed to tighten drooping eyelids that create a constantly tired appearance or impair vision. It can also eliminate fine eyelid wrinkles, lessen puffy bags under the lower eyelids, and treat drooping lower eyelids that show the whites under the iris.


Ideal Candidates

The most suitable candidates for blepharoplasty are people in good health, have realistic expectations of the procedure’s outcome, and are at least 18 years old. Most candidates are at least 35 years old.
Some people may be excluded from getting blepharoplasty. These include those with certain medical and ophthalmic conditions, such as dry eye, glaucoma, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure.


Your Blepharoplasty Consultation

At the initial consultation, Dr. Ploplys will ask about your medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions, and any previous surgeries. She will help you develop realistic expectations and tell you exactly what will happen during the operation. Take this chance to ask questions about blepharoplasty so you can go into it with confidence.


The Procedure

Dr. Ploplys will create a tiny incision along the upper eyelid’s natural crease and then eliminate excess skin and muscle. The remaining tissue will then be tightened. As for the lower lid, an incision will be made inside it or along the lash line. Excess fat will be removed and/or repositioned as needed, and excess skin will be addressed.


The Recovery Process

There is no need to stay overnight at the hospital, but you need to spend some time in the recovery room for observation. You might experience temporary double vision, watery eyes, blurred vision, numb and puffy eyelids, slight discomfort or pain, and bruising or swelling around the surgical area.

It helps if you apply ice packs for 10 minutes every hour in the evening after the surgery. Do it 4-5 times the next day. Follow the doctor’s prescription for ointments or eye drops. Protect your eyes from the wind and sun with dark sunglasses. When you sleep, keep your head higher than your chest.

While recovering, avoid strenuous activities for a week. Do not smoke, wear contact lenses, or rub your eyes. Instead of taking ibuprofen or aspirin, take acetaminophen to avoid bleeding.


How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost?

The total cost of Blepharoplasty surgery is determined based on factors like your medical examinations, surgeon’s fee, hospital charges, post-surgery garments, and anesthesia. The exact techniques used will also impact the total price, as will the total time needed to perform the surgery.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about the treatment of Blepharoplasty in Great Falls, contact us and schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ploplys.