What Is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery is one the most popular cosmetic procedures performed today. Dr. Hart and Dr. Connors offer blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) for Atlanta patients who desire a rejuvenated facial appearance. During this procedure, excess skin and tissue are removed from the upper eyelids to create a result that makes the eyes look more open and alert. In addition, if the lower eyelids are being addressed, this surgery eliminates the bags, contours, and wrinkles under the eyes. During your consultation, one of our surgeons will assess the eyes and determine if an upper, lower, or combination surgery is needed to attain the results the patient desires.
Eyelid Surgery Reviews
"Jenny Azar and Heidi Love are so amazing! Heidi did my brows a few years back, and I receive compliments on them all the time like “I wish I had eyebrows like yours”! When I tell them they are actually not mine, and that they are microbladed they can’t believe it because of how natural they look! And when I started losing volume under my eyes and started seeing extra lines on my face, Jenny was there to ease me into fillers and Botox! I was so nervous about looking overdone, but again when I tell people I do fillers their first question is “where? You look natural” and my response is EXACTLY!!! Seriously love this group!"- L.M. / Google / Aug 13, 2021
"Jenny Azar and Heidi Love are so amazing! Heidi did my brows a few years back, and I receive compliments on them all the time like “I wish I had eyebrows like yours”! When I tell them they are actually not mine, and that they are microbladed they can’t believe it because of how natural they look! And when I started losing volume under my eyes and started seeing extra lines on my face, Jenny was there to ease me into fillers and Botox! I was so nervous about looking overdone, but again when I tell people I do fillers their first question is “where? You look natural” and my response is EXACTLY!!! Seriously love this group!"- L.M. / Google / Aug 18, 2021
"Dr. Hart is an excellent surgeon. She was great with me throughout the entire process. She was very meticulous while going over the treatment plan and what the surgery would entail, she did a great job with the surgery, and then showed sincere care and concern during my recovery. She treated me like I was her only patient and personally would call me to see how I was doing. The results of the surgery were great. I had become very self-conscious about my eyes, and now I receive compliments from people who notice a difference. If I had to choose to do it again, I would definitely do so. It was a first class experience from the beginning to the end."- O. / Google / Aug 24, 2022
"Dr Hart did the best job. I have had drooping eyes from Botox before and she did it perfect. I use her gor everything. ❤️"- L.F. / Google / Nov 15, 2022
"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 and I never dreamed I would say that about having my eyelids cut open! He even called me personally the night after surgery to make sure I was ok. I got a call from the nurse too! The office is super inviting, and the operating room was state of the art. In the operating room, they even placed warming blankets on me in case I got too cold. All of these extra little things I would not have normally thought of add up to make sure it is a relaxed and comfortable environment throughout the procedure. The pre and post appointments were informative and prepared me for any and everything. They gave me information I never even thought about. They are thorough, make sure you're prepared, and don't miss a beat. Your safety and wellbeing are top concerns in this practice. I worked with Kristi, Kaysi, and Taylor through this process, and they were all incredibly personable and professional. I felt welcome during every visit and always love talking to them. I have not encountered anyone I would not recommend from this practice. They give the white glove service. I am going back to have several procedures done. My blepharoplasty experience was perfect, and I owe it all to Dr. Connors and team. Thank you all for being experienced and caring professionals. You made me feel at ease about my decision. I will be back for sure!!! I am so happy with the results. I recommend Dr. Connors; he really is the best of the best."- N.J. / Google / Dec 20, 2022
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. Hart or Dr. Connors 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.
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 with absorbable sutures 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 along the bottom of the lash line. This allows 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. Injectables 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?
Eyelid surgery is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. It generally takes up to 2 hours for both the upper and lower eyelids to be addressed. Following surgery, the area around the eyes will 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 can’t put a finger on what is different. These subtle, yet dramatic results restore a softer, more youthful appearance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
Will I Have Visible Scars?
After surgery, scarring will not be visible because of where the incisions are placed. In the upper eyelid, the incision follows the natural crease of the eye. The lower eyelid incision will run just under the eyelashes or inside the eyelid. Scarring will be inconspicuous.
Will Eyelid Surgery Eliminate Crow's Feet?
Eyelid surgery will reduce puffy bags and excess skin and may help contribute to some minimization of crow’s feet. However, to truly treat crow’s feet, one will need a different approach. BOTOX® injections and procedures such as a browlift, are better options to help eliminate crow’s feet.
Will I Experience Irritation After Eyelid Surgery?
Some patients will experience dryness and minimal irritation following surgery. If these occur, we can recommend ointments and eye drops to assist during the healing phase. Patients should protect their eyes against wind and sun irritation for the first several months by wearing dark sunglasses.
Will My Vision Improve Following Eyelid Surgery?
If anything, eyelid surgery actually helps improve the vision for many patients. Not only does it restore a fresh, younger look from a cosmetic standpoint, it eliminates the excess skin that may have been impairing vision. It is important to select a skilled surgeon who has expertise with eyelid surgery. We take great care during this surgery so that the eyes themselves are left untouched and unharmed.