Do you look tired? Are your eyes less vibrant? Perhaps you should consider blepharoplasty, a cosmetic eyelid surgery that gives you a more alert appearance. Led by board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David B. Brothers, Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta offers liposuction for men and women in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Decatur, Duluth, and Druid Hills.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Your eyes are important to your overall appearance and how people perceive you. As we get older, fat accumulates in the upper and lower eyelid. The extra weight of the fat causes the upper eyelid to droop over the eye, and the lower eyelid hangs lower which exposes the pink soft tissue under the eyeball. The overall effect is one of looking tired. Dr. Brothers recommends eyelid surgery to remove the small amounts of fat and tighten the skin so that your eyes are more open.
Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
The eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) procedure is intended to produce a more youthful and rested appearance of the eyes. The procedure may also widen your visual fields if excessive upper lid skin has partially blocked vision.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
You may be a candidate for an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) if you have excessive, sagging, or wrinkled upper or lower eyelid skin. An eyelid lift can also be helpful if you have excess upper eyelid skin that interferes with vision or if you have lost your natural upper eyelid crease. Eyelid lift may also be beneficial if you have puffy pouches of fat in the upper or lower lids that create a tired or aged appearance.
What Do I Need to Do Before Having Eyelid Surgery?
As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Brothers is able to determine if an eye lift is right for you, and he will explain the anticipated results of the surgery. For this reason, we recommend that you start with a personal consultation. The specific risks and the suitability of an eyelid lift can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.
You should also review your insurance coverage and budget for the procedure. If eyelid lift surgery is being done to improve the field of vision, insurance may cover upper lid surgery. Otherwise, these procedures are considered cosmetic, and you are responsible for the total cost.
What Should I Expect on the Day of My Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia. The incisions are made where the natural crease should be in the upper lids and below the lash line in the lower lids. Excess fat and skin are removed. If only excess fat is present in the lower lids, it may be removed through an incision inside the lower lids with no external incision or scar (transconjunctival blepharoplasty).
How Long Does It Take to Perform Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery can take one to three hours.
What to Expect After Blepharoplasty
All sutures are usually removed within four to six days. Initial mild discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Bruising and sensitivity to light last at least a week or two. Swelling progressively disappears in one to two weeks. Eye makeup can be used after sutures are removed, and contact lenses can be worn when comfortable — usually within seven to 10 days.
Will I Have Scars After Getting Eyelid Surgery?
The scars from an eye lift are hidden in the natural crease of the upper eye area and on the inside of the lower eyelid. People will have a very difficult time finding the scars once you are fully healed, and the scars have had time to fade.
When Will I See Results?
Your eyes will be swollen after your eyelid surgery, so the results can take a month or longer.
How Long Will the Results of Blepharoplasty Last?
The fat is permanently removed, but you may develop loose skin and fine lines around your eyes. Dr. Brothers can recommend any subsequent procedures that keep your eyes looking young and attractive for many years.
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How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost in Atlanta?
In a few cases, blepharoplasty is partially covered by insurance, but only if the surgery is recommended for medical reasons. After your consultation, we will provide a detailed cost that includes the applicable fees for Dr. Brothers and his surgical staff as well as any necessary medical supplies and your follow-up care. We will also explain what portion may be covered by insurance, but you should verify coverage directly with your insurance carrier. Financing is available through CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit, and we also accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards.
Do you look tired but feel full of energy? Blepharoplasty may be the answer. An eye lift removes fat and skin from the upper and lower eyelids so that you look more rested and alert. At Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta, we use the most advanced techniques for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David B. Brothers, and his team offer blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, emphasizing improved self-image and confidence of men and women in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Decatur, Duluth, and Druid Hills. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation!