Am I A Good Candidate For Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery is a facial cosmetic enhancement that is performed on both women and men. During your first visit, treatment alternatives will be discussed with Dr. Connors or Dr. Hart based on your symptoms that need to be addressed. Generally, ideal candidates are frustrated with excess, hanging skin and folds above their eyes or bulging skin below the bottom eyelid. These irregularities can cause functional problems that can get in the way of everyday life. For a more awake look, eyelid surgery may be the appropriate procedure for you. If you have loose skin that droops on the upper eyelid or bags under the eyes, blepharoplasty at Plastic Surgery Group of Atlanta can correct this to give you a younger appearance.

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How Is An Eyelid Lift Performed?

Upper Eyelid Surgery

During upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made within the natural fold of the lid and extended outward. The incision will go out as wide as possible so that additional skin folds on the outside of the upper eye can also be addressed. Once the incision is made, excess skin, tissue, and (in some cases) a small portion of the orbicularis occuli muscle are removed. The incision is closed and the scar remains almost completely hidden because of where it resides in the natural crease.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

During lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made either along the bottom of the lash line or inside the eye. This can allow the surgeon to remove excess fat and tissue. In patients who have puffy lower eyelids but good skin tone, an approach known as a transconjunctival blepharoplasty can be performed. This technique puts the incision inside the lower eyelid rather than outside. Patients who have dark circles under their eyes will sometimes have a deficiency of fat in these areas. Facial fat transfer can be used to help fill these soft-tissue deficiencies and can improve the appearance of these circles.

What Should I Expect During And Following Eyelid Surgery?

A lower eyelid surgery is often performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. An upper lid blepharoplasty can generally be performed under oral sedation without the requirement for general anesthesia but in combination with a lower blepharoplasty or other procedures can be done under general anesthesia. It generally takes up to two hours for both the upper and lower eyelids to be addressed.

Following surgery, the area around the eyes will likely be bruised and swollen. Patients should apply ice packs, keep their heads elevated, and apply medicated eye ointment for a few days. Patients comment on the fact that friends and family tell them they look great, but often cannot put a finger on what is different. These subtle-yet-dramatic results typically restore a softer, more youthful appearance.

“Let me start by saying, 5 stars is not enough for this team of professionals. I can't say enough about Dr. Connors and his staff. Dr. Connors has to be the most caring doctor I have ever met. I am telling you now... I will NEVER go anywhere else. He did my eyelid surgery in November, and I never once felt ANY pain or discomfort. When I say he loves what he does, it has to be true. From the consult to surgery to post op he was so informative, he told me the truth, and talked me through the surgery while in progress. It was such a wonderful experience."

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