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Over time, the skin around your eyes loses elasticity. In fact, the area around the eyes is one of the first to show signs of aging.

Dr. John F. Zavell offers blepharoplasty to reshape droopy or puffy eyelids, providing a more youthful look and better peripheral vision. 

Read on to discover the benefits of blepharoplasty at our Toledo, OH, practice. 

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Eyelids begin to droop as we age, making you appear older and tired. In some cases, sagging eyelids can even obstruct your vision. Also known as eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty tightens the area around your eyes by removing excess skin and fat pockets from your upper and lower eyelids. 
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Before Blepharoplasty
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After Blepharoplasty

How Does a Blepharoplasty Procedure Work?

Upper Eyelid 

An upper eyelid blepharoplasty addresses sagging upper eyelids that can make you look tired or limit your field of vision. Before the surgery, we offer general anesthesia and IV sedation to ensure a comfortable, painless procedure. 

Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Zavell, will begin the upper eyelid procedure by making an incision along your eyelid crease. He will then trim away excess skin and tighten the remaining tissue through the incision. Dr. Zavell will close the incision with ultra-fine sutures to further tighten the skin and minimize visible scarring. 

It is not uncommon for patients whose upper eyelids are troubling them to also be impacted by excess fat or tissue under the eyes. We can determine if completing both upper and lower eyelid procedures during a single surgery is appropriate for your case. 

Lower Eyelid 

A lower eyelid blepharoplasty addresses under-eye bags by removing fat deposits that give you a sunken or aged look. As with upper eyelid surgery, our Toledo practice offers general anesthesia and IV sedation to ensure your comfort. Dr. Zavell will start the process by creating an incision on the inside or outside of your eyelid. For patients with less pronounced under-eye bags, an incision inside the eyelid allows unwanted fat deposits to be removed more easily.

If your lower eyelid is affected by excess skin, your surgeon may recommend outside lower eyelid surgery to correct sagging skin. A small incision is made below the lower lash line with lower eyelid surgery. Once Dr. Zavell redistributes or removes fat deposits affecting your lower lids, you will achieve the rejuvenated but natural-looking appearance you desire.

Ohio Patients Love Our Plastic Surgery Practice

"I recently had an under eye blephroplasty performed by Dr Zavell, I am very happy with my results , my surgery was about two weeks ago!!! Dr Zavell and his staff are friendly, welcoming and informative. They were very comforting during my surgery! It was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend Dr Zavell!!!!!" Helen Montalto, 5-Star Review

Tired of Looking Tired? See How We Can Help!

Are you looking older than you feel? Is drooping skin obstructing your vision? Blepharoplasty surgery can refresh your appearance and help you see more clearly.

At the plastic surgery practice of John F. Zavell, MD, FACS, we believe that everyone deserves to look and feel their best. Our Toledo team personalizes each patient's treatment to address their unique needs and help them achieve their cosmetic goals. Let us develop a customized  plastic surgery plan on your behalf to reduce sagging and puffiness affecting your eyelids.

Request a consultation at our Toledo practice online or call:

(740) 628-0185

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A Closer Look at Eyelid Surgery

Am I a Good Eyelid Surgery Candidate?

Dr. Zavell will review your medical history and examine your lower and upper eyelids to verify your candidacy for the procedure. Once he determines eyelid surgery is right for you, Dr. Zavell will tailor a surgical plan to address your unique needs and help you achieve your desired outcome. 

The best candidates for blepharoplasty: 

  • Maintain good overall health 
  • Have excess skin or fat in the upper or lower eyelids 
  • Are a non-smoker or are willing to quit 
  • Maintain realistic expectations about results 

Blepharoplasty FAQ

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What Are the Benefits?

Eyelid surgery's benefits can be both cosmetic and functional. 
• Boosted confidence 
• Improved peripheral vision
• Reduced signs of aging 
• Refreshed appearance
• Increased self-esteem 

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What Are the Side Effects?

Some side effects you may experience include:
• Swelling 
• Bruising 
• Dry eyes
• Blurred vision 
• Itching 
• Discomfort 
• Tightness 
• Eyelid irritation 

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What Is Recovery Like?

Dr. Zavell uses precise and gentle techniques at our Toledo, OH, practice, so patients can expect to recover from blepharoplasty in as little as two weeks. Most side effects like bruising, swelling, or dry eyes subside quickly, and you should be able to return to work in approximately 10 days. 

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Will I Have Scars?

Scarring after eyelid surgery is typically minimal. Once healing is complete, most patients have only faint hairline scars. Incisions for upper eyelid surgery will be made following the natural folds and creases of your skin, greatly reducing the appearance of scars. Lower eyelid surgery scars are similarly hidden, either inside the eyelid or near the lash line. 

"My experiences here are always 10/10 amazing..." 5-Star Reviews From Toledo-Area Patients


Reem Khaleq


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My experience with Dr Zavell and his staff has been nothing short of amazing. I got a rhinoplasty/septoplasty and chin augmentation done by Dr Zavell. This was my first surgery in my life and they made the whole experience great. If I had to go through it all again I would because that’s how great they made me feel throughout the whole process and I’m obsessed with my results! The whole staff is so kind and friendly and they make you feel like family. Thank you guys so much I love my beautiful and natural look!

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Ema Fish


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My experiences here are always 10/10 amazing, the staff is so sweet and dr Zavell does a great job as well. They have changed my life and helped improve my confidence so much and I absolutely would recommend going here to anyone!!!! Amazing place. They treat everyone with respect and really make you feel comfortable. My surgery went so well, very little pain and no bruising either, and my scars look great! I am thrilled. Also I’ve had zero complications with the procedures I’ve had and amazing results! Also, the environment is extremely clean and peaceful. This place ROCKS! Wouldn’t go anywhere else.

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Why Choose Dr. Zavell for Eyelid Surgery?

There's many reasons to choose our board-certified cosmetic surgeon for your blepharoplasty. Dr. Zavell has decades of experience in cosmetic surgery. He founded his practice in 1993 and is a standing member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Zavell's extensive experience means he can provide the best care possible. For example, he developed a modified sedation technique that helps reduce bruising after surgery, letting you get back to your normal activities faster after surgery. 

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In addition to top care, Dr. Zavell is committed to providing each patient with personalized treatment. Our Ohio practice uses an extensive consultation process to ensure we find the right procedure for your needs and goals. 

Insurance Coverage & Blepharoplasty Cost

Eyelid surgery costs will be unique to every patient's situation.

If drooping skin is impeding your vision, insurance will often cover the cost of upper eyelid surgery. Dr. Zavell will conduct a visual field test to determine if your eyesight has become significantly impaired by sagging eyelids and excess skin. 

Out of pocket, the average price of elective blepharoplasty ranges between $3,000 and $4,000. Our Ohio practice charges a $75 consultation fee. This fee will go toward the cost of your procedure if you decide to move forward with surgery.

To help manage costs, we offer financing options through CareCredit®, M-Lend Financial, and Directions Credit Union. To find out exactly what the cost of treatment may be for your case, contact our office.

Dr. John F. Zavell

John F. Zavell, MD, FACS

Dr. John Zavell is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals since 1993. He is a member of: 

  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • The American Society of Aesthetic Surgeons
  • The American College of Surgeons

He has mastered advanced techniques and uses the latest technology to provide patients of all ages with the most natural-looking, life-changing results. To schedule a consultation at Dr. Zavell's plastic surgery practice, request an appointment online or call us at (740) 628-0185

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"The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a very personal one and our mission is to honor that choice by jointly cultivating a treatment plan that will deliver results personally crafted for you." Dr. Zavell

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