As you age, you may notice loose, saggy skin collecting above and below your eyes. Eyelid surgery can tighten this skin, open up the eyes, and take years off your appearance.
The thought of eyelid surgery can be scary for some people, though, especially if you don’t know anything about this quick, straightforward procedure. As cosmetic surgeons here in Atlanta, we always want you to have the knowledge you need to feel comfortable with surgery.
In this blog post, we will answer several commonly asked questions about eyelid surgery so you know what to expect before treatment.
What is eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin, fat, and muscle from around the upper or lower eyelids. It can remove unwanted tissue that hangs down from the brow area and blocks your field of vision. Some patients treat both the upper and lower eyelids at once, while others only need to address a single area. Eyelid surgery is often combined with other anti-aging treatments—such as a facelift or a brow lift—for more comprehensive results.
Who is a good candidate for treatment?
If you feel that sagging facial skin is negatively affecting your appearance, eyelid surgery may be for you. Blepharoplasty can address saggy tissue that makes the eyes look smaller, tired, or sad. The procedure is also often used to correct a medical condition known as ptosis: an issue involving drooping eyelids caused by poor muscle tone or nerve damage.
How long is recovery after eyelid surgery?
Recovery after eyelid surgery takes around 2 to 3 weeks. Many patients return to work after 1 week, and most feel ready to socialize after 10 to 14 days. Swelling and bruising are common for about 1 to 3 weeks after surgery. Your results will gradually develop and scars will fade over the next 6 months.
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
In the Atlanta area, the cost of eyelid surgery varies. Prices can fluctuate depending on several factors, including the number of areas treated and whether the blepharoplasty was combined with other procedures. During your private consultation, your doctor can give you a customized quote for your eyelid surgery.
Can eyelid surgery be combined with other treatments?
Yes, eyelid surgery is easily combined with other anti-aging treatments. Popular choices include facelift and brow lift surgeries, as these can address other common issues such as deep wrinkles, sagging cheeks, or a droopy brow. When used together, these procedures can completely rejuvenate your eye area and make you look more alert.
Eyelid surgery is a simple procedure that opens up the eyes and makes the face appear more youthful. Browse our before-and-after gallery to see real examples of the results our plastic surgeons create. If you would like to learn more about your cosmetic surgery options, and you’re in the Roswell, Atlanta, and Marietta area, request a consultation online. You can also contact our practice office by phone at (770) 421-1241.