Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) in Atlanta, GA
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Puffiness under your eyes can make you look tired although you maintain a healthy lifestyle. A little hood over the eyes gives you a sad expression. Often it’s a matter of genetics and requires the expertise of a specialist. Your eye area can be effectively rejuvenated surgically and non-surgically. Surgical blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that is specifically designed to give you a more youthful, rested, and approachable appearance.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a surgery performed on the eyelids to remove excess skin or excess fat around the eyes. It’s among the top 3 most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States according to national statistics. There is no surprise why; genetically or with age, many people experience excessive and sagging skin of their upper and lower lids, which affects their appearance and sometimes causes problems with eye functionality.
The eyelids not only protect your eyes but also add a lot to your appearance. Falling upper eyelids make you look tired, sad, and fatigued. When sagging develops in the lower eyelids, the pink tissue under the lid is exposed. This not only increases your risk of eye infections and irritation but also gives you a drawn appearance. Depending on the areas you wish to address, lower blepharoplasty or an upper blepharoplasty can be performed. Sometimes to achieve optimal results, both procedures are performed.
What Are the Benefits of Eyelid Surgery?
Most people undergo eyelid surgery because it’s one of the best and easiest ways to rejuvenate the eye area. Blepharoplasty can help eliminate excessive wrinkles on both eyelids, dark circles, bags under the eyes, and drooping fat tissue. Both men and women who have undergone the blepharoplasty procedure are thrilled with the dramatic difference in their appearance that these minor changes made. The Blepharoplasty procedure takes only about an hour for each area and offers a fairly short recovery which allows you to enjoy the results within a couple of weeks.
Planning For A Blepharoplasty In Atlanta
If you are considering a blepharoplasty procedure, you should begin planning at least a month ahead of time. Your First step of preparation should be to choose a cosmetic surgeon to perform your procedure. Attend face-to-face consultations with cosmetic surgeons until you find one that you feel comfortable with and trust for your surgery.
Your chosen cosmetic surgeon will ask a range of questions to ensure your safety during surgery and to make sure you get the results you desire. Some of the things you can expect to discuss during your initial consultation before having a blepharoplasty procedure may include:
- Your general health;
- Medications you are currently taking;
- Inquire about allergies to anesthesia or discuss other allergies you might have;
- Discuss any medical conditions you may have and any current or past issues you have had with your eyes;
- Discuss previous operations, including cosmetic surgeries, etc.
It’s also standard practice to take photos of the patient’s face in order to properly plan the surgery strategy and evaluate the results.
The surgeon will also provide you with instructions for pre-operative and post-operative care so you can familiarize yourself with these important details.
What Should I Expect from My Blepharoplasty?
Depending on your desired results and your surgeon’s recommendations, the procedure may involve your upper or lower eyelids or both.
- For the upper eyelids, an incision is made in the natural crease just above your eye. The skin is pulled tight enough to reduce sagging without losing the natural eye contour. Excess fat and skin are trimmed and removed and the incision is closed. Any resulting scars will be well hidden in the natural eyelid crease.
- For the lower eyelid, the incision is made along the lash line and excess fat and skin are removed or repositioned.
You may return home to comfortably recover the same day as your procedure but you will not be able to drive and will need to pre-arrange for a ride from a friend or family member.
For most patients, the recovery after blepharoplasty is non-eventful and they do not experience significant discomfort. Following the post-operative directions provided by the surgeon will ensure you heal properly and quickly.
The results of blepharoplasty surgery will begin to become visible about two weeks after surgery when the normal bruising and swelling dissipate.
How Long Do the Blepharoplasty Results Last?
The results of blepharoplasty last an average of 7-10 years, but the exact time of longevity will vary by patient. Although no surgery can stop the natural aging process, you will enjoy a refreshed appearance for several years. Statistically, most patients never have the need to repeat blepharoplasty surgery.
How Much Does a Blepharoplasty Cost in Atlanta, GA?
The cost of surgery varies by patient based on several factors. During your initial consultation, our surgeons will discuss the cost of your procedure and share information about our flexible financing options.
Does my insurance cover eyelid surgery?
Most insurance companies exclude cosmetic surgeries, such as blepharoplasty, from the list of covered procedures. However, in cases where droopy lids limit eye functionality and affect vision, the procedure may be considered medically necessary and covered by your insurance carrier. A consultation with an ophthalmologist would be recommended as a first step.
Eyelid surgery is a great way to restore your eye area and look younger. Schedule a consultation to learn more about the surgery and how it may help you.
Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) for men and women in Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, and the surrounding areas of Georgia.