Blepharoplasty in Cincinnati

Are you looking for a youthful appearance with smooth skin around your upper eyelid in Cincinnati? Look no further than Dr. Alexander Donath, an experienced specialist in blepharoplasty cosmetic surgery. He can help you restore your youthful look and reduce the signs of aging.

Blepharoplasty Benefits: Balanced Facial Harmony

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can improve the appearance of the eyelids. It has the potential to reduce wrinkles and puffiness, open up your eyes, and even enhance vision if needed. With blepharoplasty, you can make a noticeable improvement in your facial features. Here are more benefits of getting blepharoplasty:

The Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is a plastic surgery procedure that can improve the appearance of aging around the eyes, namely droopy upper eyelids and puffy undereye bags.

The eyelid lift surgery restores a more youthful and refreshed appearance to the eye area by removing excess muscle or excess skin and fat from the target areas, whether the upper eyelid surgery or lower eyelid surgery.

At Donath Facial Plastic Surgery, we provide patients with natural-looking results from our specialized eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) in Cincinnati and Dayton, OH, areas.

(Eyelid Surgery) What is Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure designed to improve the appearance of puffy lower eyelid bags and drooping of the upper eyelids to restore a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

With that being said, two types of blepharoplasty are available at our Cincinnati practice, and those are lower blepharoplasty and upper eyelid surgery. During the surgery, excess skin and fat or muscle are removed from the patient’s upper and/or lower eyelids.

Blepharoplasty Procedure Summary

What is the pain level after surgery: Mild to moderate
Anesthesia type (if applicable): Twilight (IV Sedation)
Duration of surgery: Approximately 1 hour
Where will scarring for this procedure be: Hidden along the natural crease of the upper eyelids, usually no visible scarring for the lower eyelids.
Timeframe to begin showing final results: Typically 2 weeks
When is the patient able to return to regular activities: 1 week for most activites
When is the patient able to resume exercise: 2 weeks

Ideal Candidates for Blepharoplasty

If you are looking to improve the appearance of puffy lower eyelid bags and/or drooping of the upper eyelids and are physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, then blepharoplasty may be right for you. Special considerations may need to be made for individuals with circulatory, ophthalmologic, or other serious medical conditions. An ideal candidate must understand that the surgery will not affect sagging of the brows or wrinkles around the eyes, but commonly combined procedures such as browlifts, laser resurfacing, and our VolumeLift℠—through a procedure called LuxeEyes℠ — can address these as well as the dark circles beneath the eyes.

Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty typically include:

  • Individuals with healthy facial tissues and muscles.
  • Non-smokers with realistic goals for improvement.
  • Those without serious eye conditions.
  • Patients seeking correction for droopy or baggy eyelids.

BlepharoplastyBefore & Afters

*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.

Cincinnati, OHBlepharoplasty Cost

The cost of blepharoplasty varies depending on the individual patient’s physical condition and the extent of surgical incisions needed. At Donath Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer several financing options to help make this procedure more affordable. During your consultation, our team will go over all the costs associated with your procedure and any financing options available to you.

Cincinnati, OH Blepharoplasty Consultation

During the initial consultation for blepharoplasty, Dr. Donath will meet with you to examine your eyes, discuss your goals, and take a thorough medical history. Special considerations may need to be made if you have certain medical conditions like circulatory or ophthalmologic problems.

Dr. Donath will also weigh other factors like age, skin type, and attitude toward surgery to determine if blepharoplasty is right for you. He will go over the recommended technique, anesthesia, surgical facility, risks, and costs.

Any questions or concerns that you may have will also be discussed. If necessary, Dr. Donath may recommend complementary surgery, such as our VolumeLift℠ –which together with blepharoplasty is called our LuxeEyes℠ procedure– a brow lift or skin resurfacing, to help tighten sagging skin.

Blepharoplasty. Potential Risks

While blepharoplasty is generally safe, it’s important to be aware of potential risks, which may include:

  • Temporary vision disturbances
  • Swelling and bruising around the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light or dry eyes
  • Rare chances of infection or bleeding
  • Asymmetry in healing or scarring

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The Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Process

Local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia may be used for both the lower and upper blepharoplasty surgery. Dr. Donath will begin by making the incisions which will be located along the natural lines and creases of the upper eyelids and the lash line..

Working through the incisions, excess skin and fat or muscle will be removed and fine sutures will be used to close the incisions. A bandage may be applied to the eyelids once the surgery is complete.

Recovery TimeBlepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty recovery time can vary, but most patients report a tired appearance for the first few days after surgery. As healing progresses, the tired look will diminish and results will become more noticeable.

Patients may experience some soreness and tightness of the eyelids which can be easily managed with prescription medication. Dryness, itching, burning, tearing, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision may also occur during the first week.

Recovery is a crucial phase. Here’s what to expect:

  • Initial swelling and bruising will subside within 1-2 weeks.
  • Avoid strenuous activities for at least 2-3 weeks.
  • Cold compresses and prescribed eye drops can alleviate discomfort.
  • Follow-up visits are essential to monitor healing.
  • Most patients return to normal activities within 10-14 days.


Why choose Dr. Donath — Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

  • Internationally renowned facial plastic surgeon–has lectured around the world and is published in leading medical journals.
  • Patients travel from across the US and internationally for Dr. Donath’s expertise.
  • Graduated summa cum laude (highest honors) from Ohio University where he was a scholarship recipient and was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.
  • He then completed medical school at the University of Cincinnati, widely recognized as one of the top medical centers in the country, where he was President of the school’s American Medical Student Association.
  • Completing a rigorous five-year residency training program in all aspects of Head and Neck Surgery at St. Louis University.
  • He additionally spent time studying at Harvard Medical School.
  • He has been nominated as a Top Doctor in Cincinnati Magazine and by Castle Connolly for many consecutive years — more than a decade.
  • Is a national trainer of other physicians for both Galderma (Dysport®, Restylane®) and Allergan (Botox®, Juvederm®), and is a frequent guest on multiple media outlets to present the public with the most recent facial aesthetic techniques.

Eyelid Surgery Before & Afters

*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.

“He did an amazing job with the fat grafting to my face!”

– Themarshhare

Dr. Donath is incredible. He listened to everything I asked for and made sure to make me feel comfortable and informed. He did an amazing job with the fat grafting to my face! I had upper eye blepharoplasty (now I’m just so happy with results that I should have just done the lower as well). It’s all so natural. I have reccomened him to family and friends and now to any one who sees this.

About Donath Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Donath completed a rigorous five-year residency training program in Head and Neck Surgery at St. Louis University, including extensive experience in Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Donath is also involved with many charitable organizations.

Eyelid Surgery FAQs

Eyelid lift costs vary and are dependent on the patient’s goals and treatment plan. Other treatments may be combined with the eyelid lift, such as an eyebrow or forehead cosmetic procedure. The price is provided after the consultation along with payment options and affordable plans.

Because this type of eyelid rejuvenation treatment is cosmetic surgery, it typically isn’t covered by insurance.

Eye lift surgery may be performed with local anesthesia and sedation or with general anesthesia.

The incisions are made along the natural lines and for the lower eyelids, we typically perform the incisions inside of the eyelid where they are not visible, which we call “scarless” or “transconjunctival” blepharoplasty.

Whether you live in midwestern states of Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, or anywhere else in the U.S. or the world, Donath Facial Plastic Surgery offers blepharoplasty among its services. For a full list of services, please visit our procedures page.

Patients may experience some soreness and tightness of the eyelids along with some temporary tearing and burning. Prescription medication can help to alleviate discomfort.

Some soreness and tightness of the eyelids may occur after surgery along with temporary dryness, itching, burning, tearing, sensitivity to light, and blurred or double vision. Discomfort can be managed with prescription pain medication. Swelling and bruising may occur and can be relieved with cold compresses and keeping the head elevated. Your doctor will advise you to apply ointment regularly to the eye area to help prevent dryness.

Work and most other normal activities can usually be resumed about five to ten days after the blepharoplasty surgery.

For traditional blepharoplasty, the incisions are located in such a way as to be as inconspicuous as possible. For transconjunctival blepharoplasty, the incisions are made on the inside of the lower eyelids and leave no visible scarring.