Blepharoplasty– Eye lift surgery to eliminate excess skin and bags.
Blepharoplasty is the medical term for eyelid surgery. Excess skin and puffiness (fat) in the upper or lower eyelids can be modified by blepharoplasty surgery. The results are natural-looking and achieve a more rested, lighter and more aesthetically preferred appearance.
The incisions, made in the upper eyelid, are hidden in the natural crease of the eyelid where they are essentially invisible. Dr. Neufeld utilizes the most technologically advanced laser to perform this surgery. There is virtually no bleeding during the surgery with this technology which makes recovery easier and faster than more traditional methods. Patients rarely have any discomfort following this surgery. All patients are given medication for pain, but most don’t even get the prescription filled.
The lower eyelids are also treated with the laser during the eyelid surgery. Excess fat causes bags to appear under the eyes. Surgery to correct this is can be done without cutting the skin or placing any stitches in the lower eyelid, so there is no scar. Dr. Neufeld, our Atlanta blepharoplasty expert, uses the laser to sculpt and modify the excess fatty tissue.
Your Surgical Experience:
Your surgery is performed in an outpatient setting – our Atlanta blepharoplasty patients are able to go home directly following their procedure.
Patients are usually given mild sedation from IV medication in a vein in their arm. This will ensure that patients are totally comfortable and will not be aware of or remember any part of their surgery. Local anesthesia is then applied to the operative area to further ensure total patient comfort. There is usually no need for general anesthesia or a breathing tube or breathing machine. The length of the procedures varies from person to person, however, on average, surgery for the upper and lower eyelids takes approximately 30 minutes each to complete. (One hour for both upper and lower.)
After the Surgery
Following the procedure, patients are observed for a short while before they are allowed to go home. The first two days following surgery should be spent relaxing with the head elevated, applying antibiotic ointment several times per day and applying ice packs (frozen peas work great). This will help keep swelling to a minimum.
Initially, the eyelids may feel tight. This usually resolves over the first week or so. All patients are given prescriptions for pain killers. However, rarely do patients report the need to use them. On average, by one week after surgery, approximately 70-80% of the swelling will have dissipated and after two weeks, close to 90% of the swelling will have dissipated. The remaining 10% will decrease over the next few weeks to perhaps a month. Occasionally, all swelling takes several months to resolve.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is sometimes covered by insurance if certain criteria are met.