Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) in Denver, CO

At Flourish Surgical Arts in Denver, we offer advanced eyelid surgery for patients seeking to refresh their appearance and tackle eyelid issues. As people age, the skin near the eyes may stretch and become less firm. This can cause under-eye bags and droopy lids. Nonetheless, with the help of progress in medicine, getting a rejuvenated appearance is now possible using eyelid surgery. Over 1,000 patients have trusted Dr. John R. Nesiba, our triple board-certified surgeon, to boost their confidence and accentuate their natural beauty. We are dedicated to assisting each patient in reaching their aesthetic goals by offering individualized care utilizing the latest surgical techniques. 

What Is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that improves the look of the eyelids. During this operation, Dr. Nesiba removes excess skin, muscle, and sometimes fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids. The goal is to make the eyes look more open, awake, and youthful. Some might choose to have this procedure if they feel their droopy upper lids or baggy lower lids make them look older than they are. 
Blepharoplasty surgery is used to remove sagging corners of the eyes, drooping eyelid skin, “bags” under the eyes, and “fatty hernias” on the upper eyelids. In addition, this procedure helps to eliminate skin laxity and asymmetry of the eyes, change the shape of the eyes, and restore a fresh look. Eyelid surgery can be prescribed to patients of any age, starting from 18 years old. Although it does not significantly alter the shape of eyes overall, it can be combined with other cosmetic procedures for a more complete rejuvenation.

Eyelid Surgery Techniques

At Flourish Surgical Arts in Denver, we offer various eyelid surgery techniques to suit each patient’s cosmetic needs and personal characteristics. These techniques differ in how incisions are made, how the surgeon gains access during the procedure, and what corrections are performed on the eyelid tissue. Here are some of the main techniques we provide:


Upper blepharoplasty is a procedure that addresses concerns with the upper eyelids, including drooping skin and fatty deposits that can interfere with sight and impact how one looks. Dr. Nesiba makes an incision along the natural crease of the upper eyelid to remove surplus skin, muscle (when necessary), and potentially fat. This technique minimizes surgical marks while delivering a more rejuvenated look. An upper eyelid lift is recommended for patients who have loose or baggy skin on their upper eyelids.


It is a surgical procedure that can help with wrinkles, puffiness, and bags beneath the eyes. During an upper eyelid surgery, our surgeon places a cut right below the eyelashes or inside the lower lid. This way, he can take out or move around extra fat and tighten loose skin. Such a surgical technique helps patients with sagging lower lids and prominent under-eye bags achieve significant cosmetic improvement.

Eyelid Surgery 

If patients want to get upper and lower eyelid lift procedures simultaneously, they could consider bilateral eyelid surgery. It means having both upper and lower blepharoplasty at the same time. This way, they may get a more rejuvenated and harmonious look in a single procedure.

Eyelid Surgery Procedure

At the initial consultation, our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Nesiba, thoroughly examines the patient to assess their suitability for eyelid surgery and establish the most appropriate technique for them. The doctor also decides whether local anesthesia or sedation will be required and takes pictures for use as a reference point during recovery. He also provides patients with an all-inclusive price quote for this surgery.
After that, the patient has a complete check-up to uncover any medical problems. Dr. Nesiba may ask for tests, such as blood work, an in-depth eye exam, or sometimes additional imaging studies. The results are checked to make sure it’s safe for the patient to have surgery.
There are several medical reasons why someone might not be able to have an eyelid surgery. These include:
Marking and Anesthesia:
On the day of the surgery, Dr. Nesiba marks the eyelids’ perimeters for incisions. Then, an anesthesiologist delivers local anesthesia or general anesthesia, depending on the type of eyelid surgery, so that patients remain pain-free and comfortable throughout the operation.
Incisions and Adjustment:
Our surgeon makes incisions precisely as marked before surgery. For upper blepharoplasty, he makes the incision within the upper eyelid’s natural crease. For lower eyelid surgery, an incision is created either just below the lash line or inside the lower eyelid (transconjunctival approach). Dr. Nesiba utilizes these incisions to eliminate or reposition surplus fat, skin, and muscle for a smoother, more youthful look.
Closing the Incisions:
Once the surgeon has finished making any necessary adjustments, he closes the incisions using fine sutures. These are carefully positioned so that scarring is as minimal as possible and the results look natural. The entire procedure generally takes between one and three hours, depending on how complicated it is and whether both upper and lower eyelids are being addressed.

Add-On Procedure: A Facelift

When patients undergo eyelid surgery, they often also decide to have a facelift as a complementary cosmetic surgery. This additional procedure helps with droopy skin, deep creases, and fatty jowls below the jawline. To perform a facelift, our surgeon lifts and tightens facial muscles underneath the skin. He then removes any excess tissue before re-draping the skin on the face and neck. Different types of facelifts are available, such as mini lifts, total (traditional) lifts, and deep plane lifts. Which one a patient has depends on their individual concerns and goals. While combining eyelid surgery with a facelift can lead to a lengthier recovery period, many patients find that the overall results are worth it as they receive a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

Recovery After a Blepharoplasty 

Immediate Recovery

After the procedure, we like to watch our patients to ensure the healing goes smoothly. Most of them stay in our cozy facility for a few hours after their operation, where we can look after their health as they recover from anesthesia. While they are here, our experts monitor their progress and begin the initial stages of recovery. We can provide medication and care to help minimize any discomfort, swelling, or bruising. However, experiencing some of these issues is expected after the procedure.
For the first one to two weeks after having eyelid surgery, we suggest that patients put cold compresses on their eyes to bring down any swelling or bruising. We also recommend sleeping with a head propped up slightly to stop fluid pooling around the eyes and making them puffy. Patients might find their eyes feel dry, itchy, or watery. In this case, we may prescribe ointments or eye drops to alleviate these symptoms.
Usually, stitches are removed within a week to ten days. For the first couple of weeks afterward, we recommend avoiding strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and bending since these activities could increase blood flow to the eyes and make swelling worse. Wearing dark sunglasses is also important to protect the eyes from sunlight and wind.
In most cases, it takes a few weeks to a few months for all swelling and bruising to disappear after an operation. Within the first few weeks, most patients see a big difference in their eyelids’ appearance. However, it can take several months to notice the final results. The outcome of an eyelid surgery can be long-lasting, especially when maintaining a healthy lifestyle and protecting the skin from excessive sun exposure.

Ideal Candidates for an Eyelid Surgery

This surgery aims to enhance the appearance of eyelids for a more youthful look. Patients considering it should be in overall good health and have realistic expectations. Here are some key points that would make someone a suitable candidate for an eyelid surgery:
Drooping or Sagging Eyelids
The most common patients for this surgery have droopy or sagging skin in the upper eyelids that interfere with their vision or make them look exhausted.
Under-Eye Bags
Those with puffy lower eyelids that don’t improve even with sufficient sleep and skincare may benefit from lower blepharoplasty.
Excess Skin
Patients bothered by extra skin on their upper or lower lids, which causes wrinkles or affects the natural contour of the eyelids, are good candidates.
Good Health
For good results, it is best to have good overall health, without any severe eye conditions, and with a stable medical history.
Nicotine can have a negative impact on recovery. So, patients should be non-smokers or willing to quit at least four weeks before surgery to promote optimal healing and reduce the risk of complications.

Benefits of an Eyelid Surgery

Aesthetic Improvements

With eyelid surgery, patients can transform their appearance. The procedure removes excess skin and fat to make your eyes look wider open and less tired or old. In fact, it can take years off their fact. Blepharoplasty helps create a younger, fresher-looking look.
This facial surgery has more than just aesthetic benefits. By lifting skin that sags on the upper eyelids, the procedure can also expand side vision that’s hindered by droopy eyelids—something people may not even realize is an issue. Further, removing excess skin and fat means there’s less pitfall for skin folds or rubbing that can cause irritation or discomfort.
Enhancing eyelid appearance and function can significantly increase self-confidence, improving quality of life. Looking better and having a clearer vision leads to an overall sense of happiness and contentment. Numerous patients say they feel prouder of themselves and are more optimistic about everything once they have healed up.
Eyelid surgery is performed with great care, using exact incisions situated along eyelid creases so scars are barely visible. Patients take little time to recover, and most can go back to their regular routines in about one or two weeks. The combination of minimal scarring and quick recovery makes eyelid surgery a highly desirable option for those seeking both aesthetic and functional improvements.

Cost of an Eyelid Surgery in Denver

The average cost of eyelid surgery in Denver, CO, ranges between $3,000 and $8,000. The price covers everything you’ll need: the surgeon, anesthesia, use of the operating room, and supplies or aftercare items. Factors that can affect the overall cost include the complexity of the procedure and whether additional treatments, such as a brow lift or facelift, are performed in conjunction with the eyelid surgery. Patients interested in eyelid surgery should schedule a consultation with Dr. Nesiba to receive an individualized quote and discuss their specific needs and goals.

Flourish Surgical Arts Is the Best Destination for Your Eyelid Surgery in Denver

At Flourish Surgical Arts in Denver, we take great pride in providing outstanding care from our experienced professionals. Safety and contentment are our top priorities for every patient. We create customized plans for each eyelid surgery and address each person’s specific requirements. Our facility is equipped with the latest technology, and our team uses advanced techniques. We aim to ensure that patients feel supported and valued as we help them achieve their facial rejuvenation goals–improving appearance and self-esteem.

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