Eyelid Surgery Atlanta
Atlanta Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is surgery performed to rejuvenate aging changes of the upper and lower eyelids. As people age, some of the earliest changes are in the eyelids. Sun exposure, gravity, and even hereditary factors contribute to excess wrinkling and sagging skin of the upper and lower eyelids. Puffy bags under the eyes are common findings as are droopy upper eyelids, a condition called eyelid ptosis. These changes often convey a tired appearance and can even interfere with full vision.
Am I a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Common problems that are likely to be corrected by blepharoplasty include:
- Extra skin in the upper eyelids that causes them to feel heavy
- Disappearance of the upper eyelid crease due to excess skin
- Tired or sad appearance
- Obstructed vision from eyelid skin
- Wrinkles around the eyes
- Puffy bags in the lower lids
- Looseness of lower lids
- Wrinkled skin of the lower lids
- Hollows under the lower eyelids
To reverse these changes, board certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Okoro remove excess skin, fat, and even muscle to restore eyelid shape and contour. And because overcorrection can be as undesirable as no correction, Dr. Okoro addresses these changes in a very precise manner. Results are often dramatic, but without the drama. Dr. Okoro can also repair droopy upper eyelids during the blepharoplasty procedure, correcting several problems in one surgery. Like face lift surgery, blepharoplasty can be combined safely with other surgical procedures. When performed correctly, eyelid surgery can provide patients with many years of more youthful eyes and a well-rested appearance.
The eyelid surgery procedure
Eyelid surgery is usually performed in our office or an outpatient surgical facility or a hospital. It is most often performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation, but can be performed under general anesthesia. Dr Okoro will place incisions in the eyelid crease to help hide the scars. The incisions are closed with very small sutures that will dissolve over time.
To determine if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery, Dr. Okoro will review your health history and perform an examination during your consultation. Chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, and thyroid abnormalities require thorough discussion. Dr. Okoro will carefully examine your upper face, assessing brow position, skin laxity, fat deposits, and eyelid tone and position. To help understand your goals, we recommend that you bring photographs of your younger self to the consultation. We will also take preoperative photos during your visit. During the consultation, Dr. Okoro will understand your goals and desires, and he will review available techniques and incision sites.
Frequently Asked Questions About Eyelid Surgery
Q: How much will eyelid surgery change the shape of my eyes?
A: Eyelid surgery is only designed to restore the shape of the eyelids to their natural state. There are other procedures that are designed to alter the shape of the eyes. Initial change in eye shape may occur due to swelling, but will resolve over time.
Q: Can my vision be harmed by eyelid surgery?
A: When eyelid surgery is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, the risk of damage to the patient’s vision is very minimal. Careful attention to the eyelid surgeon’s instructions can minimize the risk even further. Dr Okoro strives for eyelid surgery perfection and a full recovery of each of our blepharoplasty patients.
Q: How noticeable are the incisions from eyelid surgery?
A: After healing is complete, the scars are usually unnoticeable. The skin of the eyelids heal particularly well.
Q: What will it cost?
A: The cost of eyelid surgery varies based on the type of surgery and the cost of any additional surgery. To make your surgery affordable, we offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask. The cost may include the following:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Anesthesia fees
Eyelid problems are common, even in younger people. Correcting eyelid problems that interfere with your vision should be covered by your health insurance but is it often necessary to have a vision study done by an ophthalmologist to document that condition. Most health insurance plans will not cover cosmetic eyelid surgery or related complications. Please carefully review your health insurance policy.
Your satisfaction involves more than a fee
When choosing a plastic surgeon for eyelid surgery, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery. Dr. Okoro takes his time to understand your goals and desire for the best long term outcome.
For more information about eyelid surgery or to schedule a complimentary consultation at our Atlanta area plastic surgery practice, please call 770-485-1554 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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