Q&A: What is the procedure to fix a sagging eye lid?

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I am 49 yrs old, have a sagging eye lid. what is the operation procedure , how long it will heal and how much it cost roughly.

- Devon


Emilio M. Justo, M.D. -

Dear Devon:
Thank you for your e-mail inquiry. I will attempt to answer your question in very general terms as it is impossible to be specific without fully evaluating your specific situation. First of all, you mention that you have "a sagging lid" which implies to me that it may be only one eyelid and not both. The reason this may be important is that typically most patients that have excess sagging or drooping of the upper eyelids have it in both upper lids and if it is mainly excess skin and fat, then performing upper eyelid blepharoplasty is indicated.
On the other hand, however, perhaps your "sagging eyelid" may be due to muscle weakness causing one eyelid to be positioned lower than the other eyelid. If this is the case,  then a muscle tightening eyelid surgery may be indicated to physically elevate the eyelid. This muscle weakness may occur in both upper eyelids or simply in one eyelid.
Costs may vary tremendously based upon the specific procedure, as well as including the costs of the actual surgery (professional fee), the facility fee (operating room) and the anesthesia fee. In general, these costs may range from $1,500 up to approximately $3,000. Also, in certain circumstances depending upon the severity of the eyelid sagginess, sometimes the eyelid procedure may be authorized by your medical insurance.
In order to give you more specific information than the above, a personalized consultation would be necessary. Good luck, and let us know if we may answer any additional questions!

--Emilio M. Justo, M.D.
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