Upper Eyelid Surgery

In Birmingham, AL

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Price: Starting at ~$4,200

Procedure Time: 1 hour

Recovery Time: 1-2 weeks

Introduction

Upper Eyelid Surgery (blepharoplasty)

As we age, the skin on and around our eyelids stretch, and the muscles supporting them weaken. As a result, excess skin and fat can gather above and below your eyelids, which can cause sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids, and bags under the eyes. Besides aging, severely sagging skin around the eyes can reduce side vision (peripheral vision), especially the upper and outer parts of the visual field. However, there is a safe and effective solution for this. Upper Eyelid Surgery, or blepharoplasty, can reduce or get rid of these vision problems. If you are considering Upper Eyelid Surgery in Birmingham, AL, come and see double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Blake Raggio and his team of specialists at Raggio MD Facial Plastic Surgery who will help you achieve your aesthetic goals. We invite you to schedule a consultation or read below to learn more about one of the best upper eyelid surgeries Birmingham, AL has to offer. 

Eyelid Expert In Birmingham, AL

What is Upper Eyelid Surgery (blepharoplasty)?

Upper Eyelid Surgery (a.k.a. Upper Blepharoplasty or eyelid lift) is a type of surgery that removes excess skin from the eyelids. This can be performed on both the upper eyelid as well as the lower eyelid. The upper eyelid is the most common type of Blepharoplasty. Many patients choose this option to remove excess skin often due to age or genetics. For some, eyelid surgery can also improve your vision and make the eyelid feel less heavy. The surgery can also make the eyes look younger and more alert whilst providing a more youthful and rested appearance to the face and eyes.

What are the benefits of Upper Eyelid Surgery (blepharoplasty)?

Raggio MD Facial Plastic Surgery offers one of the best Upper Eyelid Surgery in Birmingham, AL, which can especially be beneficial to address the following issues:

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision.
  • Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles around the upper eyelid
  • Helping your eyes look younger and alert.
  • Providing a more youthful and rested appearance

The overall effect is to give your eyes a makeover that enables you to look younger and refreshed. To learn more about how Upper Eyelid surgery in Birmingham, AL can benefit you, call us today to schedule a consultation.

Who are the best candidates for the Upper Eyelid Surgery (blepharoplasty) procedure?

A Birmingham Upper Eyelid surgery with Dr. Raggio is a delicate procedure that may not be suitable for everyone. Typically, these are the following patient traits Dr. Raggio will look for when evaluating patients as good candidates for Blepharoplasty:

Healthy individuals with no medical conditions that can impair healing
Nonsmokers
Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals
Individuals without serious eye conditions

Drooping eyelids or sagging skin can also be related to issues elsewhere on the face, such as a droopy forehead, which Dr. Raggio will assess before determining if you are the right candidate. He may also recommend a dermal facial filler, botulinum toxin, or other procedures (surgical and non-surgical) to complement and enhance the effects of your Blepharoplasty. In short, most patients benefit from a multifaceted approach to target the multiple age-related issues present.

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First steps of a Upper Eyelid Surgery

What’s the first step to scheduling an Upper Eyelid Surgery with Dr. Raggio?

The first step to getting one of the best Upper Eyelid Surgery in Birmingham with Dr. Raggio is to call our practice and schedule a consultation. During this session, you will speak with Dr. Raggio who will walk you through the various steps of the procedure and its overall benefits. He will assess your eyelids anatomically, and your goals, and determine whether you are a good candidate. Dr. Raggio may also discuss the utility of performing a concomitant Browlift or other procedure to further enhance your results. The consultation is also your opportunity to discuss your eyelid and excess skin concerns with Dr. Raggio, so he can make the best blepharoplasty recommendations tailored to your needs.

What to expect on
the day of Upper Eyelid Surgery

Your Blepharoplasty surgery will be performed at Dr. Raggio’s state-of-the-art medical facility in Birmingham. Before the procedure begins, Dr. Raggio will review the surgical plan with you and address any last-minute questions or concerns you may have. He and his experienced team will then administer a combination of sedation and local injection anesthesia to ensure a pain-free experience during the surgery. Throughout the procedure, Dr. Raggio will work with precision and expertise to safely and effectively address your specific concerns and achieve your desired aesthetic outcome

Next, Dr. Raggio will focus his attention on the upper eyelids and design a carefully crafted incision so the resultant scars will be well concealed and hide within the natural structures of the eyelid region. In short, to obtain the best blepharoplasty result, Dr. Raggio takes care to make the incision in the natural crease of the lid to allow for a more natural appearance and minimize the scar appearance. Once the incision is made, further refinement is then performed wherein excess fatty tissue will be removed or repositioned, and surrounding eye and brow structures supported to optimize your result.

The third step is to close the incision on the eyelids, which Dr. Raggio typically closes with very fine sutures. If non-absorbable sutures are placed, they will be removed around one week during your first follow-up appointment. Once the surgical component is complete, Dr. Raggio and his team will escort you to the dedicated recovery area where a nurse will assist you as you rest and recover, before safely returning home. Because of the delicate nature of this surgery, the temporary vision impairment, and the sedation often employed, all patients must arrange for transport to and from the clinic after receiving an upper eyelid surgery with Dr. Raggio.

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Upper Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
recovery

During the initial recovery period from upper eyelid surgery, it is very important to rest and avoid strenuous activities, especially ones that can strain the eyes (i.e., prolonged screen time). You will be directed regarding proper wound care to optimize your healing, including the use of artificial tears and eye lubricant to ensure the eyes maintain proper hydration during the initial phase of healing.

Bruising and swelling generally resolve in about 10 to 14 days at which point they appear “socially presentable” and are comfortable returning to the public eye. Scars from the surgical cuts can take months to fade, though are barely perceptible given their inconspicuous placement in the natural upper lid crease. To minimize any scar appearance, take care to protect your delicate eyelid skin from sun exposure by wearing hats or staying indoors for the first several weeks. Dr. Raggio and his team will ensure you are given a detailed list of do’s and don’ts during your recovery period to help you stay on track and optimize your healing. Final results will be apparent at 4-6 months, though scars continue to heal for up to 12 months.

For any bouts of pain or discomfort, you can use a cool compress to gently press onto the eyes. You can also use over-the-counter medication to alleviate pain, which Dr. Raggio will advise you on. You should wear sunglasses for any outdoor activities.

Overall, upper blepharoplasty with Dr. Raggio in Birmingham represents an overall exceptional procedure in that the recovery is very well tolerated with minimal downtime, there exists a low complication profile, and the results are subtle yet striking.

How much does Upper Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) cost in Birmingham, AL?

The cost of Upper Eyelid Surgery in Birmingham with Dr. Raggio will depend on your anatomy, the complexity of the surgery, the expected time, the proposed anesthesia, and if any other procedures are performed. During your consultation, Dr. Raggio will work carefully with you to create a treatment plan to meet your goals and address your specific concerns. Using Dr. Raggio’s detailed assessment, our patient care coordinator will then liaise with you to inform you of pricing and financing options, discuss availability, review postoperative instructions, and answer any other questions you have to best prepare you for your big day.

Why choose Dr. Raggio for Upper Eyelid Surgery?

Dr. Blake Raggio embodies a holistic approach to Upper Eyelid (Blepharoplasty) Surgery, prioritizing each patient’s unique goals and concerns. With a comprehensive facial analysis, he meticulously evaluates all aspects before recommending personalized surgical or non-surgical interventions. Dr. Raggio’s patient-centric philosophy ensures collaboration throughout the treatment journey, culminating in a tailored plan that prioritizes patient satisfaction.

Utilizing proven techniques, both surgical and non-surgical, Dr. Raggio strives to achieve durable and natural-looking results aligned with the patient’s cultural and ethnic values. His commitment extends to upholding classical beauty ideals, ensuring outcomes that stand the test of time.

Dr. Raggio’s success is indicative of his esteemed credentials and qualifications.

He strongly believes in educating the next generation of clinicians and serves as a Clinical Adjunct professor with the Faulkner Physician Assistant Studies Program, as a Clinical Adjunct professor with Tulane University Medical Center Department of Head and Neck Surgery in New Orleans Louisiana, and as a Clinical Preceptor for the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine

He is an active member of multiple medical societies, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAOHNS) as well as the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (AAFPRS)

Lastly, Dr. Raggio is one of only a few Fellowship-Trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in the entire Birmingham Hoover Metropolitan area, and has obtained rare Dual board certification in both Head and Neck Surgery as well as Facial Plastic Surgery.

For these reasons, patients can be confident and rest assured that they will receive the absolute best Upper Eyelid result with Dr. Raggio and his team at Raggio MD Facial Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, AL.

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Schedule your Upper Eyelid Surgery consultation

To schedule a consultation for Upper Eyelid Surgery in Birmingham with Dr. Raggio, call us today, and our patient care coordinator will guide you through the steps. Alternatively, you can also contact us through the RaggioMD website, and our coordinator will respond in a timely manner to schedule your consult. Dr. Raggio is excited to work with you and help you achieve your aesthetic goals!

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Patient reviews

  • Torrey

    5 Star Review

    I am a week post-op from my cosmetic rhinoplasty with Dr. Blake Raggio, a Facial Plastic Surgeon here in Birmingham, Alabama. I just had my cast removed today and I could not be happier with my results already!

  • Jessica

    5 Star Review

    Thank you, Dr. Blake Raggio, for the excellent work on my nose. The Rhinoplasty to correct the deviated septum and nostril closure went so smoothly. My breathing has improved and the before and after pictures were amazing. Your knowledge and skills improved my health and facial profile.

  • Pamela

    5 Star Review

    Dr. Blake Raggio is an amazing Facial Plastic Surgeon. I am one week out from having my
    Blepharoplasty and Browlift and could not be more pleased. Not only is he a talented Facial Plastic Surgeon he also has a wonderful bedside manner.

  • Elizabeth

    5 Star Review

    Dr. Raggio and staff get an A+ for their superb care! From the time you walk in the door to the time you leave, you will be treated like family! Best of all you’ll leave looking younger and feeling good! You can’t beat the care and compassion from Dr Raggio and his staff!

  • Chelsea

    5 Star Review

    Dr. Raggio is the absolute best! He listens and is very precise with his injections. I am extremely happy with the results I have gotten with him. He does not push any services on you, either. I have uploaded two pictures to show the difference. I get Botox and lip filler.

  • Sheila

    5 Star Review

    I went to Dr Reggio for my eyelids. They were folding over. I was scared to have the surgery but the right eye was bothering me. So I decided to have the surgery and this Doctor is such a delight and kind-hearted. I am very, very happy with the way my surgery turned out. I would highly recommend Dr. Raggio to anyone!

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