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What is blepharoplasty?

The eyes are a unique feature of the face that deserves to be visible; however, an abundance of skin around the eyes can produce a tired and unflattering look. Dr. Starkman uses blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid surgery) to reduce excess skin and rejuvenate the upper or lower eyelid. Blepharoplasty, whether lower or upper, creates a more awakened appearance and can produce subtle yet striking improvements. Schedule a consultation to learn more about one of the best eyelid surgery Scottsdale has to offer. 

Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery in Scottsdale

Upper or lower blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that is performed on both men and women. At your first visit in our Scottsdale office, treatment alternatives will be explained by Dr. Starkman based on your areas of concern and what you want to address. Generally, ideal candidates have excess, drooping skin and folds that exist on the top eyelid or bloated skin below the bottom eyelid. These conditions can cause functional and vision difficulties that can hinder normal, everyday life. For a rejuvenated look, eyelid surgery may be the right surgery for you. If you have hanging skin that folds over on the upper eyelid or bulging bags under the eyes, blepharoplasty can treat this to give you a more youthful appearance.

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Eyelid surgery technique

Dr. Starkman performs all of his procedures with twilight anesthesia in order for his patients to have quicker recoveries. You may have your blepharoplasty done on the upper eyelid alone, on the bottom eyelid, or on both eyelids.

Upper eyelid surgery

Upper blepharoplasty assists in decreasing the folds of skin that droop over the eye, creating a more awake appearance. During this technique, the incision is usually made along the lid crease to excise loose skin and fatty tissue.

Lower eyelid surgery

Eyelid correction on the lower lid is performed to reduce puffy and bulging skin beneath the lower eyelid. The incision is carefully made along the lash line to allow access to remove tissue and fat, and the skin is subtly lifted to allow for a softer, flatter look. In some cases, a non-surgical laser treatment can be incorporated to assist with discoloration, while fillers can be used for more smoothness and softening.

What to expect during eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery can last up to two hours depending upon whether one or both eyes are treated. After this outpatient surgery, you should plan about a week to recover and rest at home. A cold compress can help reduce discomfort, swelling, and bruising. The results from eyelid surgery can last years, but the aging process does not stop. After time, to maintain your surgical outcomes, other non-surgical cosmetic treatments can be used, such as fillers, peels, and lasers.

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How much does eyelid surgery cost?

Blepharoplasty costs can vary, depending on whether you are having an upper eyelid lift, lower, or both. When your treatment plan has been decided during your consultation, Dr. Starkman can go over estimated costs. To get natural-looking results that last for years to come, it is better to focus on choosing a skilled doctor you trust, like Dr. Starkman, instead of trying to find the cheapest place. During your consultation, Dr. Starkman will cover the cost of your specific procedure, along with our financing options.

Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?

If hanging skin is affecting your vision, your insurance may cover part of your eyelid lift. Please tell Dr. Starkman during your consultation if you are considering using your insurance. One of our administrative staff will help you get the needed information and paperwork for your insurance company to process your claim. Generally, you will need a diagnosis from an optometrist or ophthalmologist, stating an eyelid lift will improve your vision.

What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?

Eyelid surgery doesn't just refresh your appearance. It can also improve other aspects of your life. You may find your field of vision expanding when excess, hanging skin from your upper eyelid is removed. It can also be easier to apply eye makeup when your upper eyelid is smooth. Reducing fine lines, "crepey" skin, puffy bags, and dark circles under your eyes can make your eyes look brighter and fuller without cosmetics.

Does Dr. Starkman combine blepharoplasty with other procedures?

Depending upon each patient’s concerns and goals, blepharoplasty can often be combined with other procedures for natural and harmonious results. For example, blepharoplasty can be combined with brow lift surgery for patients with droopy eyebrows. Likewise, blepharoplasty is often performed along with a lower facelift for full facial rejuvenation. Minimally invasive procedures such as fat transfer or laser skin resurfacing are also potential complementary options.

Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and crow's feet?

Wrinkles on your forehead and the corners of your eyes (crow's feet) may be better corrected with a facelift or brow lift; the results of the eyelid surgery are confined to the eyelids only. Eyelid surgery can be combined with a non-surgical procedure, such as BOTOX, which combats wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. An injectable filler can also be effective because it adds volume to hollow areas for a smoother appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Starkman will create your personal treatment plan based on your goals.

What about non-surgical treatments instead of eye surgery?

Noninvasive skin tightening procedures and injectable treatments (for example, BOTOX, Juvéderm, and Restylane) can provide some improvements. However, if you have moderate to severe sagging skin or want long-lasting results, an eyelid lift would be better than a nonsurgical treatment. After you have talked to Dr. Starkman about your concerns and goals for your eyes, he can explain his recommendations for your nonsurgical or surgical treatment plan. He may also suggest combining surgical and non-surgical procedures to produce the best results.

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Brighten your outlook

If you find it difficult to see or apply makeup because of folds of skin on the upper eyelid, or if you suffer from puffy bags under your eyes, then upper or lower blepharoplasty may be right for you. At Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery, we can help you look refreshed and youthful while offering a beautiful answer to your vision impairment concerns. We invite you to get in touch with our office in Scottsdale, AZ to learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Sidney Starkman.


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We are excited to announce that we have resumed seeing patients on a limited basis for select visits and procedures. The majority of our new patient consultations and follow-up checks will be done via telemedicine to minimize patient traffic to the office.

Patient safety has always been our number one priority, and we are implementing the following policies to meet and exceed safety standards for our patients. We greatly appreciate your compliance and understanding.

  1. Dr. Starkman and all clinical staff will wear N95 masks and eye protection for the entirety of each patient’s visit.
  2. Patient appointment confirmation must be completed 24 hours prior to the appointment.
  3. Patient screening will consist of a screening questionnaire and a temperature check. Any patient with risk factors or a fever will be rescheduled.
  4. We are instituting a “No Waiting in the Waiting Room” Policy. Patients will be immediately screened and escorted to their private exam room.
  5. Surgical-grade air recirculators have been installed in each patient room to recycle each room’s air every 4 minutes.
  6. Guests, children, or visitors other than the patient will be limited.
  7. Pre-operative COVID-19 testing will be obtained 4-5 days prior to any scheduled procedure.
  8. Patients will enter our main entrance and exit out of our side exit. The one-way flow of traffic will allow for a comprehensive cleaning of the waiting room prior to the next patient.

We appreciate the understanding and patience of all of you. We can’t wait to see you all again. Dr. Starkman and Staff

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