Cost of a Blepharoplasty
$3,800 - $4,200 for upper lids
$4,200 - $4,800 for lower lids
The cost is less if you do local anesthesia or both the upper and lower lids at the same time. Insurance sometimes covers the cost of surgery.
Who is a good candidate for a blepharoplasty?
An upper eyelid blepharoplasty is often considered among those with hooded eyes or with excess skin of the upper eyelid. Those with large bags or fat pockets along their lower lids are good candidates for a lower lid blepharoplasty. Insurance can sometimes cover an upper lid blepharoplasty if the excess skin obstructs vision to a certain degree. Patients who want to pursue insurance coverage for surgery will need to visit an ophthalmologist and have a taped and un-taped visual field test done. The report from the visual field exam will need to be submitted to the patient's insurance company with the prior authorization request.
What is a blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, is the term used to describe the removal of excess skin and fat from the upper or lower eyelids. As we age, the skin of the eyelids descends, causing wrinkling or hooding of the eyelids. This can cause you to look tired, as well as contribute to difficulty in keeping makeup in place. In severe cases the excess skin can block a person's vision.
The Procedure for a Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty can be done under local, sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on patient preference as well as anticipated length and complexity of the procedure. A general guideline is that upper lids can be done comfortably under local anesthesia, but if the lower lids or both upper and lower lids are being done, most patients prefer to be completely asleep for surgery. The surgery takes about 45 minutes for upper or lower lids only, and 1½ hours for both and is usually performed at an ambulatory surgery center. Incisions for upper lids are placed and hidden in the upper lid crease. This can sometimes extend past the most lateral portion of the eye if there is a lot of excess skin but does end up hiding quite well. For lower lids, the incision is made just under the lash line and heals quickly without much visibility after 3-4 weeks. Fat is removed from the upper and lower eyelids judiciously if there is excess.
Recovery After a Blepharoplasty
In the first 24-48 hours, ice and head elevation is critical, as less swelling and bruising will lead to a faster recovery overall. The patient may be somewhat unpresentable and bruised/swollen for 1½-2 weeks after surgery. Eye makeup can be applied after 2-3 weeks and the patient will be back to normal activities around then as well. For upper eyelids alone, final results may be apparent as soon as 4-6 weeks after surgery, and with lower eyelids, the final results take up to 3 months. There may be residual swelling for up to 3 months, and the scars will take up to 1 year to completely fade.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will you sanitize?
In the new schedule we have allowed time to clean/sanitize each studio between classes. We will be enhancing cleaning of high touch surfaces in restrooms as well. Hand sanitizer, soap, paper towels and tissues will be widely available throughout the studio for dancers and staff. Frequent hand washing will also be encouraged among students and staff.
What is your policy on masks/face coverings?
It is the expectation that face coverings will be worn where social distancing may be a challenge. When entering and exiting the studio face coverings should be worn.
What is the plan for social distancing in the classroom & during instruction?
We will be using a variety of systems in the classroom to keep dancers spaced.
Dance bag storage in multiple locations - spaced apart
Colored Spots on the floor for guidance
What is the health screening process when I arrive?
When your dancer arrives to the studio, they will enter through their assigned door. A staff member or teacher will greet the dancer and ask the following health screening questions. We ask parents to take their dancer's temperature prior to coming to dance. Anyone entering the building must answer no to all the following questions to be allowed entry (per: Arkansas Department of Health)
Are food & drinks allowed inside the studio?
At this time only water is allowed in the dance studio spaces.
Can I watch my dancer in class?
To maintain proper social distancing and allow space for dancers to enter the classroom safely, the lobby will be closed to parents and outside guests. Parents may escort their dancer to the classroom but are encouraged to please exit and wait in their car to make room for the next group of dancers entering the building. Preference in the lobby waiting space will be given to dancers who are participating in classes.
How do I know which door to enter through?
The week before your class begins (or upon registration if you are starting after 9/8/20) you will receive an email with detailed instructions.
How are teachers & employees being screened?
Will the studio close if someone is sick?
We are doing all that we can to keep the studio open for In-Studio classes through this pandemic. Typically we align with the local school districts decisions regarding closure, however our setting and structure is not comparable to a full day school program. Our classes are shorter in duration, and our students/teacher ratio is much lower, and the number of dancers allowed inside each studio is very small. We will make decisions independently that best meet the needs of our studio, our community and our dance families.
What should I do if my dancer is sick?
Stay home if you have a dancer that is sick or a family member who is sick. See our decision tree for the most up to date guidelines. (link is at the top of this page)
My dancer has to miss class, how can we make up?
Sick dancers may attend the Bonus Zoom Subscription classes or the Zoom classes on Wednesday evenings as a make-up if they are sick or isolated/quarantined. Please email the studio for more information on what class would be appropriate for your dancer.
Teaching often requires close contact (typically with toddlers). How will this be managed by teachers?
We understand that when teaching young dancers, close contact may be necessary. To the extent possible RCDC will put social distancing procedures in place. Teachers may use face shields, masks, and/or gloves where social distancing is not possible so that our dancers can receive the best education and experience possible from our staff.
Will there be a change in class sizes because of social distancing?
At Rock City we have always had low student to teacher ratios for all recreational classes. Due to our new procedures and required exercising spacing by the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines, class sizes will be limited. Limits will be determined by the age of dancers and the square footage of each studio.
How can dance support your child during a pandemic?
Can I still take class online from home?
YES! We are offering digital zoom classes to dancers and families who are at high risk and need a way to dance from home. Digital Zoom classes are on Wednesday afternoon/evenings and meet once per week. When you register for one of these classes, you will also get access to the Digital Zoom Bonus Class package with up to 5 additional "fun" classes offered per week!
If I sign up for a Digital Zoom Class, will I still have a recital?
YES! We will have a special digital zoom recital option for all dancers who sign up for the Digital Zoom classes on Wednesdays. This will be an optional add on package and will only be available for dancers registered for these classes. This package will include a costume, costume bag, award and more! More info will be provided in October to Digital Zoom Families.
How will tuition be handled if a class or classes have to move to Zoom due to COVID-19?
At RCDC recreational tuition is an annual fee, based on 30 weeks of class. For the convenience of our families we collect this in 9 equal payments, payable on the first of every month September - May.
What is the Optional Magical Christmas Experience?
NEW THIS YEAR we are hosting a Magical Christmas Recital Experience!! Were you able to join us for our recital last year and experience your dancer as the star of the show? Well Imagine adding Santa, Elves and a whole lot of holiday fun and you have our Magical Christmas Recital Experience!
Are dressing rooms and locker rooms open?
At this time we ask that all dancers arrive to class dressed and ready with shoes. We have all common areas closed - and will not have dressing rooms or locker rooms open. Yes, dancers will have access to use the restroom during classes.
When do fall classes begin?
Recreational - The first week of recreational classes begins right after Labor Day. September 8-14th, 2020. School Calendar can be found here.