Your eyes can tell a lot about you – including how old you are. If you suffer from wrinkling, puffiness, or sagging of the eyelids, you may even appear much older than you actually are. More and more men and women are noticing just how big of an impact a procedure like eyelid surgery at our Atlanta practice can have on their overall appearance. By correcting these signs of aging around the eyes, it is possible to take years off your look.
Eyelid Surgery Next Steps
If you think eyelid surgery may be the right surgery for you, we invite you to give our office a call to schedule your consultation with Dr. Larsen.
At Buckhead Plastic Surgery, the cost of your eyelid surgery will start at $2,500. Click here for more information on financing your eyelid surgery.
Preparing for Eyelid Surgery
Your eyelid surgery starts with the consultation and continues right through carefully placed incisions. The typical incision used by Dr. Larsen for the upper eyelid runs along the crease and just slightly out to the side. The lower eyelid incision runs just below the eyelashes and slightly out to the side.
A second type of incision for the lower eyelids is placed inside the lower eyelid and is completely hidden. This type of incision is only for removal or rearrangement of the fatty tissue and will do nothing to the skin. Careful planning will in most cases lead to a well-hidden incision.
During the procedure, other aspects of the blepharoplasty are addressed. In addition to the incision, there are two fat pads above each eye and three areas of fatty distribution below each eyelid. One two or all of these fat pads may be removed, partially removed or rearranged into another around the orbit. The position of the lateral most portion of the eyelid, the canthus, is also corrected and held into position with sutures for healing. Excessive skin is re-draped over both the upper and lower eyelids, marked and removed.
The upper eyelid skin may be more prominent than you expected after surgery because excision of all of the extra skin would not allow you to close your upper eyelid.
Additionally, some patients may have more or less of an upper eyelid crease. After completion of the internal portion of the procedure, the incisions are closed and the sides of the eyes are taped. The sutures will be removed four to five days after surgery by Dr. Larsen. The tape is removed 14 days following surgery.
Eyelid Surgery Before & After Photos
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After Eyelid Surgery
Immediately following surgery, you will likely be sleepy. You should not expect a lot of pain although tenderness will be present. The eyes will help a great deal with this. Initially, your eyes will be slightly swollen. The swelling will continue for the first couple of days and then start to decrease dramatically by day three or four. Bruising will be present for seven to 10 days and possibly a little longer.
Within four to five days, the stitches are removed despite swelling and noticeable incisions. Patients are usually ready to venture outside at this time. As with any surgery, wearing sunscreen and a hat to protect the healing skin from the sun is essential. In a few weeks, you will begin to see a younger version of yourself. Complete healing will continue under the surface of the skin for quite some time. It is not uncommon for mild swelling and small lumps and bumps to take one to two months or more to resolve.
As your eyes continue to heal, you will begin noticing dramatic improvements in your appearance. Your eyelid surgery can help you to look nearly 10 years younger while still maintaining a beautifully natural appearance. Although your results will not be permanent, they help to essentially set back the aging clock so you will continue to look younger for many years to come.
Eyelid Surgery Price:
Starting At: $3,000
“Very professional, this was my second procedure with this surgeon and I felt very comfortable with him. He and all the staff were very helpful and kind. I am extremely satisfied with my results.”*
*Your results may vary. Click here for more real reviews from past Buckhead Plastic Surgery patients.
Curious about the kinds of results you can expect from eyelid surgery with Dr. Larsen? Click here to view our eyelid surgery Before and After Gallery.
Essential Questions to Ask About Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery is sometimes called blepharoplasty and is the surgical enhancement of eyelids. It can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids to aesthetically improve the look of the eyelid or to repair functional issues on the eyelid. You might choose to get eyelid surgery if you feel like the area around your eyes is aging. This procedure is known to rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes making your skin look tighter, firmer, and more youthful. Most of our patients recover very quickly from this simple procedure and are extremely pleased with the results. If you think this procedure might be right for you, we encourage you to set up a consultation today.
Eyelid surgery can correct or treat a variety of common issues including the following.
- Loose skin that disrupts the natural contour of the upper lid (sometimes impairing vision)
- Fat deposits under the eye that give an appearance of puffiness
- Under eye bags
- Drooping lower lids that reveal white below the iris
- Excess skin and wrinkles of the lower lid
If the following describes you, you would be a good candidate for this procedure.
- You’re in good overall health (Meaning no extreme medical conditions that would impair healing.)
- You’re a nonsmoker
- You do not have serious eye issues
- You have realistic goals of the possible results of this procedure
The cost of your eyelid surgery is dependant on your specific body and desired results. However, eyelid surgery prices start at $3,000 at Buckhead Plastic Surgery. Eyelid surgery is also commonly performed at the same time as other facial enhancements, so prices can be dependant on the extent of the combined procedures.
Eyelid surgery is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Your doctor will explain all the options and decide the best path for your particular surgery. Dr. Larsen is extremely intentional and talented in placing incisions where any scarring will be naturally hidden by the structure of the eyelid. In fact, most patients do not see any scars following this procedure.
For surgeries regarding the upper eyelid, incisions are made along the natural crease above the eye. After the incision is made, excess skin is removed and fat deposits are repositioned or removed and the muscles are tightened.
For surgeries correcting issues of the lower eyelid, an incision is usually made just below the lash line. Following the incision, a similar procedure is done where fat deposits are removed or repositioned and excess skin is removed.
At times a specific procedure called a transjunctional incision is used. This procedure is an alternative technique that is sometimes used to correct under-eye conditions. Most commonly when fat deposits need to be removed or repositioned but no skin needs to be removed. Dr. Larsen will present the best surgical or non-surgical options for you to meet your goals.
Regardless of the type of incisions you have, they will be closed with sutures or surgical glue. If you receive sutures, they are typically removed one week after surgery. You will experience very little pain with this procedure and will be able to return to your normal activities in a few weeks.
Immediately following your surgery you will wake up with a lubricating agent and cold compresses on your eyes. Sometimes loose gauze is applied. Your surgery team will give you specific instructions for any topical or oral medications to take. These are often prescribed to aid your healing process and reduce your chance of infection.
The initial healing process will include some bruising and swelling. (These are both common with most facial surgeries) Most patients will notice a dramatic reduction in swelling after the first 4 to 5 days. Although bruising will take longer to heal. Some patients experience dry eyes, discomfort or irritation at the incision site. All of these are a normal part of the healing process and no cause for concern. Your doctor will give you specific instructions about how to manage any discomfort. In the majority of cases, it is easily managed by applying cold compresses and taking pain medications.
Most patients return to their normal activities within 2 weeks of surgery. At this time the swelling and bruising have reduced revealing the surgery results. Most patients begin to notice dramatic improvements in their appearance at this time. As your body continues to heal over the next few months, your results will only improve as the contours of your face settle. You will quickly notice that although the results of this procedure are dramatic they are also extremely natural looking. Even though you will be returning to most of your normal activities after the first 2 weeks, there are a few exceptions. Such as high impact sports or any activities that could specifically cause trauma to the face or eyes should be avoided for a longer period of time. (or forever…It’s generally a good idea to avoid facial trauma regardless of cosmetic procedures. Be safe out there!)
While many of the corrections made during eyelid surgery will be permanent, no existing cosmetic surgery will stop the aging process. For optimal results, after your surgery, you will want to take special care to follow the postoperative instructions given to you by Dr. Larsen and his surgery team. Healing well is a huge component of optimal surgery results. Using appropriate sun protection and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, (things like eating a balanced diet of whole foods, not smoking and working out) will help you slow the aging process.
Choosing a facial plastic surgeon is a decision that will affect the rest of your life and should not be made lightly. Dr. Larsen is a double-board certified surgeon. He has an excellent reputation for both his compassion and skill. His patients appreciate his direct approach and talent as a surgeon. Call today for a consultation and see what Dr. Larsen and his talented staff can do for you. He will examine the areas you are concerned with. Then he will present all of your surgical and non-surgical options. He will take the time to answer all your questions, and he will put your mind at ease regarding the right treatment to help you gain optimal results. At Buckhead Plastic Surgery we want you to like what you see in the mirror and we are here to help!
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Alan N. Larsen, MD.
Double Board-Certified Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Larsen established Buckhead Plastic Surgery as a boutique practice to offer world-class, personalized service to women and men throughout the Southeast. Dr. Larsen’s compassion and talent are complemented by his elite training with some of the nation’s finest plastic surgeons.
Alan N. Larsen, MD.Double Board-Certified Atlanta Plastic SurgeonDr. Larsen established Buckhead Plastic Surgery as a boutique practice to offer world-class, personalized service to women and men throughout the Southeast. Dr. Larsen’s compassion and talent are complemented by his elite training with some of the nation’s finest plastic surgeons.
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