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EYELID SURGERY (BLEPHAROPLASTY) IN ATLANTA
The skin on and around the eyelids is the most delicate skin on the entire body, and is particularly susceptible to the damaging effects of the sun, stress, poor sleep habits, environmental exposure, and the natural aging process. Blepharoplasty is the technical term for the surgical procedure performed to improve the cosmetic appearance of the eyelid and/or to correct structural deformities of the eyelid that are impairing the patient’s eyesight.
Eyelid surgery offers a number of cosmetic and functional benefits, including:
- Restores the natural beauty of the eyes
- Creates a more youthfully refreshed facial appearance
- Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes (‘crow’s feet’)
- Corrects the issue of upper eyelid folds, which have the potential to impair one’s vision and may alter the natural contours of the eye
- Removes excess fatty deposits to correct the issue of swollen upper eyelids
- Minimizes the appearance of “bags” under the eyes, helping patients to appear more well-rested and alert
- Corrects the aesthetic problem of sagging, droopy, or puffy lower eyelids
The eyes are delicate and sensitive body parts, and they serve a crucially important function, which is why surgery on your eyes should only be performed by a plastic surgeon with extensive facial cosmetic surgery experience and meticulous surgical techniques, such as Dr. Wright A. Jones, founder of Muse Plastic Surgery, and Dr. Sabine Lovell in Atlanta, Georgia. In the skillful hands of Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell, you will receive the highest quality of patient care throughout your blepharoplasty experience, and you will be able to correct any structural or cosmetic damage to your eye region, while enhancing the natural beauty of your entire face.
EYELID SURGERY PROCEDURAL DETAILS
Eyelid surgery may employ one (or a combination) of the following techniques, and can be performed together with other facial surgeries to achieve a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation:
Upper Eyelid Lift
For this technique, which is appropriate for patients seeking to correct folds or swelling of the upper eyelids, Dr. Jones or Dr. Lovell will make a small incision in the natural crease of the upper eyelid, through which they will adjust the fatty deposits, excise any surplus skin, and tighten the upper eyelid skin and musculature.
Lower Eyelid Lift
This procedure is best suited for patients suffering from lower eyelid bags, droopiness, or sagging. The lower eyelid lift utilizes an incision made within the lower lash line to remove excess skin and to make the necessary adjustments for the general aesthetic enhancement of the under eye region.
Transconjunctival Lower Eyelid Surgery
This modern technique, also referred to as a posterior approach lower blepharoplasty, uses an incision on the inside of the eyelid to remove excess fat and skin bags. Because of the incision location, this technique leaves no visible evidence of surgery; however, patients with a significant amount of loose skin in the lower eyelid region may require a small, supplementary procedure called a ‘skin pinch’ excision to achieve optimal results.
Candidates for Blepharoplasty
Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty are non-smokers who are in good health and dissatisfied with the appearance of their eyelids. Most patients are middle aged or older, since that is when signs of aging become more significant. However, some people may be candidates for the surgery much sooner due to factors like genetics or a medical condition that weakens the eyelid. Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell can assess your candidacy for eyelid surgery during a consultation and help to establish realistic expectations about what surgery can accomplish for your appearance.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
After your blepharoplasty, proper sun protection is crucial, and it is recommended that patients wear darkly tinted sunglasses until the healing process is complete. The average recovery period for eyelid surgery is approximately one week, and patients can expect to experience some degree of eye irritation, bruising, swelling, or dry eyes, which can be managed with pain medication, cold compresses and ointments.
Eyelid Surgery Costs
The most important factors in determining the cost of blepharoplasty are the type of surgery (upper or lower eyelid surgery) being performed and the specific techniques necessary to achieve your desired results. Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell can provide a quote following a consultation.
Most blepharoplasty is cosmetic in nature. While there are rare circumstances where drooping eyelids that diminish the field of vision are covered, in part, by insurance, Muse Plastic Surgery does not accept insurance. However, we do offer financing plans to help you to pay for surgery in installments.
EYELID SURGERY FAQ
IS IT A GOOD IDEA TO GET BOTH UPPER AND LOWER BLEPHAROPLASTY?
Combining these procedures is a personal decision that depends on your personal aesthetic goals. Many patients decide to have both surgeries performed simultaneously to uniformly rejuvenate the areas immediately above and below the eyes. Combining them is both a good way to save on certain costs and allows you to have just one recovery period. During your consultation, Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell can confirm whether you are a good candidate for each surgery.
CAN EYELID SURGERY CORRECT THE ASYMMETRY IN MY EYELIDS?
It is not unusual for people to be born with or develop eyelids that do not match each other. Since facial symmetry is considered a core component of being attractive, many people who have eyelids that do not correspond may seek eyelid surgery to make necessary adjustments. Talented surgeons like Drs. Jones and Lovell have the technique to make slight changes so the eyelids both match and look attractive.
DO BLEPHAROPLASTY RESULTS LOOK NATURAL?
Eyelid surgery is known to be a subtle procedure. It is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries because of the results — patients’ faces look younger without looking artificial. Following eyelid surgery, your friends are just as likely to suspect that you are in a good mood or are getting more rest as they are to think you have had a cosmetic procedure.
WILL EYELID SURGERY INTERFERE WITH MY ABILITY TO SEE?
While blepharoplasty is primarily performed to make aesthetic enhancements to the eyelids, some patients may also notice a marked improvement in their vision following upper eyelid surgery. Excess skin and fat on and above your upper eyelid can weigh it down, making it more challenging to open as completely as you could in your younger years. Since blepharoplasty removes this extra skin and strengthens the eyelid muscles, you should notice that your eye opens wider, which also expands your field of vision.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT MY EYELIDS TO LOOK LIKE AFTER BLEPHAROPLASTY?
If you take a moment to look at the eyelids on several people, you will notice a variety of eyelid shapes. Fortunately, eyelid surgery is a highly customizable procedure. You will have the opportunity to provide input on desired shape and appearance to Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell. The better you can describe your wishes during a consultation, the better our surgeons can help you achieve that specific look.
WILL I HAVE NOTICEABLE SCARRING AFTER EYELID SURGERY?
Any surgery — including cosmetic surgery — involves incisions, which do inevitably produce scars. Fortunately, Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell use precise surgical techniques that create scars that fade over time, but may still be visible.
HOW LONG DO BLEPHAROPLASTY RESULTS LAST?
Eyelid surgery is great for reversing signs of aging, but it cannot stop aging from occurring forever. In the hands of talented surgeons like Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell, patients who have had eyelid surgery generally enjoy the benefits of the surgery for about 10 years before sagging and wrinkling skin appears in these areas once again.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UPPER AND LOWER BLEPHAROPLASTY?
Upper eyelid surgery is designed to address “hooding” (droopy upper lids) that hang lower over the eye due to excess fat and skin and weakening muscles. By removing the loose tissue and tightening the muscles, your eyes should open more fully. Lower eyelid surgery focuses on the bags beneath your eyes. By removing and repositioning the fat and loose skin, Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell can create a smooth texture in this area so that you look youthful and well rested.
HOW SAFE IS EYELID SURGERY?
Blepharoplasty is considered a very safe procedure when performed by a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Jones or Dr. Lovell. Your doctor will provide you with thorough aftercare instructions and schedule follow-up appointments to ensure that you are healing well, with no complications. Both of our surgeons hold themselves to the highest professional and safety standards and have excellent track records with minimal complication rates.
ARE YOU AWAKE DURING EYELID SURGERY?
In most cases, blepharoplasty is performed using local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia, which means you are conscious during your surgery. While this is sufficient to prevent you from experiencing discomfort, if you are anxious about surgery, you and your surgeon may determine that general anesthesia or sedation is most appropriate.
IS UPPER EYELID SURGERY MORE BENEFICIAL THAN BROW LIFT?
Because the answer to this question differs from one patient to the next, Dr. Jones or Dr. Lovell would need to evaluate your face during a consultation to provide their opinion. Brow lift is chiefly concerned with reducing forehead lines and restoring a youthful arch to the eyebrow. By tightening the skin and eliminating excess tissue on your forehead with brow lift, upper eyelids that are weighed down by this tissue may subsequently open more fully. Patients who want a more dramatic transformation or complete rejuvenation may even choose to combine these procedures.
CONTACT MUSE PLASTIC SURGERY
At Muse Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell focus not on changing the core aesthetic components of their patients, but rather on using cosmetic enhancement procedures to help them become the absolute best that they can be. Our plastic surgeons stay up to date with the latest developments and technological advances in the field of cosmetic facial surgery and utilize these cutting edge techniques to ensure naturally beautiful results and the safest possible blepharoplasty procedures for their patients.
Dr. Jones and Dr. Lovell believe in the importance of having well-informed patients, and will take the time to explain all of your eyelid surgery options and procedural details so that you feel completely comfortable about your surgery. If you would like additional information about having your blepharoplasty procedure performed at Muse Plastic Surgery, please do not hesitate to contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Jones or Dr. Lovell.