Eyelid lift surgery, clinically known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to reduce excess skin and fat from the eyelids to restore a more youthful appearance of the eyes. The cosmetic surgeon may recommend this surgery for either lower or upper or both eyelids. In some cases, ptosis correction may also be involved.
Eyes are the most delicate external organ, and any surgery involving the eyes must be performed only by a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon who understands eye anatomy completely. Dr. Paul McCluskey is a dedicated plastic surgeon providing eyelid lift and various other procedures to patients in Atlanta, GA and surrounding communities.
Blepharoplasty is usually recommended for people who are at least 18 years of age, but most candidates are usually above the age of 30 when they need this surgery. The cosmetic surgeon will evaluate conditions such as under eye bags, puffiness in the upper eyelids, or whether the candidate is bothered by the appearance of tired or old looking eyes. The candidate should be in fantastic general health and preferably a non-smoker or willing to quit smoking well before the date of surgery.
Types of Surgery
The following three types of eyelid surgery are commonly performed:
Women or men who are bothered by the presence of excess fat deposits below the eyes may benefit from lower eyelid lift. The plastic surgeon may either remove the excess fat or redistribute it in the sunken areas around the eyes. The procedure may also involve reduction of excess skin in the lower eyelid area to produce tighter, smoother skin above the cheek.
Upper blepharoplasty is a more common procedure, which involves reduction of loose skin and excess fat pockets that make the upper eyelids appear inflated and droopy. One of the benefits with this surgery, apart from aesthetic enhancement, is that the vision obstruction caused due to droopy upper lid can be removed. The technique may also involve tightening or repositioning of the underlying muscular structure.
Candidates with relatively less conspicuous appearance of under eye bags who are looking for a maintenance procedure may choose this surgery. Excess fat tissue will be removed with this technique, but it does not involve any skin removal. Tiny incisions are made within the lower eyelid, which reduces the risk of any visible scarring. Dr. McCluskey receives patients from Atlanta, GA and nearby locations for this surgery.
Cost of Surgery
The average impact on your checking account of an eyelid lift surgery in the US in 2014, as per the data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, was $2,874. However, this figure did not account for the costs of anesthesia, operating room fees, and related expenses. The overall monetary amount of blepharoplasty can vary from $4,000 to $8,000.
Most patients will recovery in about four to seven days following blepharoplasty. In the first few days, the patient may experience mild pain and irritation in the treated area, which can be addressed with pain medications. Scarring will fade with the passage of time with no noticeable adverse impact on the aesthetic appearance of the face.