As we grow older, the skin around the eyes and face can become thinner, causing the eyelids to droop or sag. At Marietta Eye Clinic we can help solve these types of problems in our Cosmetic Eye Center. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can help rejuvenate the eyelids, making patients look more alert, less tired and refreshed.
Upper eyelid surgery: the surgeon marks the individual lines and creases of the lids to keep the scars as invisible as possible along these natural folds. The incision is made and excess fat, muscle and loose skin are removed. Fine sutures are used to close the incisions, minimizing the visibility of scars.
Lower eyelid surgery: the surgeon makes the incision in an inconspicuous site along the lash line and smile creases of the lower lid. Excess fat, muscle and skin are trimmed away and the incision is closed with fine sutures.
Transconjunctival blepharoplasty: performed to correct eyelid puffiness caused primarily by excess fat, the incision is made inside the lower eyelid and excess fatty material is removed. When sutures are used to close this kind of incision, they are invisible to the eye. They are also self-dissolving and leave no visible scar.
Under normal conditions, blepharoplasty eyelid surgery can take 1-2 hours.
Immediately after surgery, cold compresses will be applied to the eyelids for 20 minutes each hour while you are awake. You will also be given an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment to apply to the sutures. Keeping your head elevated will reduce swelling. Some bruising is normal and will usually resolve within 2 to 3 weeks.
Eyelid surgery may be either a cosmetic procedure or a medical necessity. If it is determined that this is medically necessary insurance may cover eyelid surgery.
Whether the surgery is desired for functional or cosmetic reasons, your choice of a qualified surgeon is of great importance. An oculoplastic surgeon is an ophthalmologist who has completed a 1 or 2-year fellowship in plastic surgery of the eyelids and tissues around the eyes. Because the eyelids are critical to your eye’s health, our fellowship trained oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Byron Long, is most appropriate to perform this type of surgery.
If you are experiencing sagging eyelids, contact our Georgia eyelid surgery specialists to schedule an Oculoplastics Consultation today.
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