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What is eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery in Michigan restores or sculpts a youthful contour to the upper eyelids and can improve bags, puffiness, hollows, and sagging skin on the lower eyelids. It is a highly individualized procedure. For some, eyelid surgery is also able to improve sad, or downturned eyes.

Why choose Dr. Ringler?

Dr. Steven L. Ringler is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is recognized nationally and internationally for his achievements in plastic surgery. You can trust that his 35 years of experience and individualized approach will help you achieve youthful, rested and natural eyes that reflect your inner beauty.

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The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider blepharoplasty in Michigan:

  • You have excess skin obscuring the natural fold of the upper eyelids
  • You have loose upper eyelid skin that impairs your vision
  • You have a puffy appearance to the upper eyelids, making your eyes look tired and sad
  • You have excess skin and fine, ‘crepe paper’ type lower eyelid wrinkles
  • You have bags and dark circles under the eyes
  • Your upper eye surface is too small or not smooth enough to apply makeup

If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.

Who is a candidate for blepharoplasty?

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Age does not define candidates for eyelid surgery. Michigan women and men of various ages choose facial rejuvenation to delay or improve visible indications of aging. The following factors generally define good candidates for eyelid surgery procedures:

  • You can clearly define why you want the surgery.
  • You understand what eyelid surgery can and cannot accomplish.
  • You accept the potential risks of eyelid surgery and your responsibilities as a patient.
  • You are healthy and emotionally stable and secure.
  • You accept that you will need to make healthy lifestyle choices to maintain the results achieved by eyelid surgery.
  • You have realistic expectations and are willing to accept minor asymmetries.
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The procedure

What to expect

Eyelid surgery in Grand Rapids, MI is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. To begin, Dr. Ringler will create an incision within the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Through that opening, fat may be redistributed or removed, excess skin diminished, and a more alert, less tired look restored.

From there, Dr. Ringler will create an incision near your lower eyelids. An incision inside the lower eyelid allows for fat to be reduced, grafted or redistributed to improve hollows in this area. An incision just at or below the lower lash line allows for the reduction of excess sagging skin and the correction of bags and puffiness. Through an incision beyond the outer corner of the eye, Dr. Ringler can tighten the tendons of the eyes, improving a down-turned appearance known as “sad eyes.”

To complete the procedure, Dr. Ringler will carefully close the incisions with sutures and you will be free to return home immediately to begin the healing process.


You will need a capable adult to assist you for 24 hours after your release from the surgery center or recovery center. The recovery period following eyelid surgery varies by individual. However, it typically takes seven to ten days for swelling and bruising to resolve. Most of our Grand Rapids, MI patients can return to light, normal daily activity the day after their surgery.

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How much does eyelid surgery cost?

Eyelid surgery varies from patient to patient, dependent upon their individual needs. In general, eyelid surgery at the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery will cost anywhere between $6,000 and $8,450.

What are the risks?

Potential risks during blepharoplasty include infection, bleeding, irritated eyes, visible scarring, blurred vision and more. During your private consultation at our Grand Rapids, MI office, we will thoroughly discuss all of these possible complications with you.

What will my scars look like?

Scars are a normal outcome of surgery and are generally concealed within the natural eyelid crease. The precise location and pattern of your incisions and the resulting scars will be discussed during your consultation.

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Steven L. Ringler, MD, FACS


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Valued Patients,

We look forward to seeing you and are open as of Friday, May 29th as approved by the governor. There are some temporary changes at the office due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Current requirements for guests for treatment at CAPS include the following:

  • You will be asked some basic screening questions when you make your appointment:
    • Do you have a fever, cough or headache today or within the past two weeks?
    • To the best of your knowledge, have you or anyone in your family been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks?
    • Have you traveled outside of the country in the past month?
  • Your temperature (touchless) will be taken upon arrival. A temperature above 100 degrees will necessitate rescheduling your appointment until a later date.
  • All of our guests will be required to wear a mask to enter the office.
  • No children in the reception area.
  • Extra visitors are limited to 1.

What we are doing to keep you and our team safe at CAPS:

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided outside of the main entrance and throughout the office.
  • We will require social distancing in the office and our large reception area will be limited to 2-3 guests at a time.
  • All hard surfaces in the office will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day including: door handles, front desk, tables, desks, equipment and restrooms.
  • All team members will be wearing masks and will be screened every morning before work including temperature.
  • All treatment providers will be wearing masks and gloves.
  • As always, treatment providers will wash hands before and after each patient visit and change gloves between each patient.
  • All equipment in treatment rooms will be thoroughly sanitized between each patient visit.
  • We are installing an I-Wave ionization system to our HVAC system which continuously purifies the air killing bacteria and viruses as it circulates the air throughout the office.
  • Virtual consultations with Dr. Ringler and our treatment providers will remain available as well as in-person consultations.
  • Magazines and brochures will not be available in the office for the time being but are available virtually online.
  • Only bottled water is available for our guests at this time.

Thank you for your understanding. Our patient and team safety and well-being is our top concern.

Dr. Steven Ringler & the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery Team

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