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Blepharoplasty (Cosmetic Upper or Lower Eyelid Lift Surgery) – Atlanta & Alpharetta, GA

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About Eyelid Surgery

The eyes are an attractive feature of the face that deserve to be shown off; however, an abundance of skin around the eyes can produce a tired and unflattering look. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence uses blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid surgery) to reduce excess skin and rejuvenate the upper or lower eyelid, creating a softer look. Countless men and women receive eyelid surgery at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery to eliminate saggy eyelids, leading to improved function and appearance. Blepharoplasty, whether lower or upper, creates a more awakened appearance and can produce subtle yet striking improvements. If you want to learn more about rejuvenating your eyes with eyelid lift surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lawrence at one of her offices in Atlanta or Alpharetta, GA.

Ideal Candidates

Upper or lower blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that is performed on both men and women. At your first visit, treatment alternatives will be explained by Dr. Lawrence based on your areas of concern that need to be addressed. Generally, ideal candidates are frustrated with excess drooping skin and folds that exist on the top eyelid, or bloated skin below bottom eyelid. These conditions can cause functional and vision difficulties that can hinder normal, everyday life. For a rejuvenated look, eyelid surgery may be the answer you seek. If you have hanging skin that folds over on the upper eyelid or bags and circles under the eyes, blepharoplasty can treat this to give you a more youthful appearance.

Surgical Technique

Depending on the type and complex nature of the blepharoplasty, general anesthesia or IV sedation will be provided. This procedure may be done on the upper eyelid alone, under or on the bottom eyelid, or a combination of both eyelids.

  • Upper
    Upper blepharoplasty assists in decreasing the folds of skin that droops over the eye to create a more awakened and appealing look. An incision is usually made along the lid crease to excise loose skin and fatty tissue.
  • Lower
    Eyelid correction on the lower lid is performed to reduce puffy and bulging skin beneath the lower eyelid. The incision is carefully made along the lash line to allow access to remove tissue and fat, and the skin is subtly lifted to allow for a softer, flatter look. In some cases, a nonsurgical laser treatment can be incorporated to assist with discoloration while fillers can be used for more smoothness and softening if desired.

What to Expect

Eyelid surgery can last up to two hours, depending on whether one or both eyes are treated. After this outpatient surgery, you should plan about a week to recover and rest at home. A cold compress can help reduce discomfort, swelling, and bruising. The results from eyelid surgery can last years, but even though they are lasting, the aging process does not stop. To maintain your surgical outcomes, other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery, such as fillers, peels, and lasers, can be paired to create a youthful-looking appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Blepharoplasty costs can vary, depending on whether you are having an upper eyelid lift, lower, or both. When your treatment plan has been decided during your consultation, Dr. Lawrence can go over estimated costs. To get natural-looking results that last a long time, it is better to focus on choosing a skilled surgeon whom you trust, like Dr. Lawrence, instead of trying to find the cheapest place. To make it easier for you to afford a great eyelid lift, Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest financing.

Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
If hanging skin is affecting your vision, your insurance may pay for part of your eyelid lift. Please tell Dr. Lawrence during your consultation if you are considering using your insurance. Someone at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery will help you get the needed information and paperwork for your insurance company to process your claim. Generally, you will need a diagnosis from an optometrist or ophthalmologist that an eyelid lift will improve your vision.

What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Eyelid surgery not only helps to refresh your appearance, but it can also improve other aspects of your life. You may find your field of vision expanding when excess skin from your upper eyelid is removed. It can also be easier to apply eye makeup when your upper eyelid is smooth. Eliminating fine lines, "crepey" skin, puffy bags, and dark circles under your eyes can make your eyes look brighter and fuller without cosmetics.

Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Wrinkles on your forehead and the corners of your eyes (Crow's feet) may be better corrected with a facelift or brow lift because the results of the eyelid surgery are confined to the eyelids only. Eyelid surgery can be combined with a nonsurgical procedure, such as BOTOX, which combats wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. An injectable filler can also be effective because it adds volume to hollow areas for a smoother appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Lawrence will create your personal treatment plan based on your goals.

What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Noninvasive skin tightening procedures and injectable treatments (for example, Juvéderm, Restylane, and BOTOX) can provide some improvements. However, if you have moderate to severe sagging skin or want long-lasting results, an eyelid lift would be better than nonsurgical treatments. After you have talked to Dr. Lawrence about your concerns and goals for your eyes, she can explain her recommendations for your nonsurgical or surgical treatment plan. She may also suggest both surgical and nonsurgical procedures for your best results.

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Average Cost  
From $2,000
Recovery Time  
7 – 10 Days
Average Procedure Time  
1 – 2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Week
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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Younger-Looking Eyes

If you find it difficult to see or apply makeup because of folds of skin on the upper eyelid, or you suffer from puffy bags under your eyes, then upper or lower blepharoplasty at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery may be right for you. This enhancement can help you look refreshed and youthful while offering a beautiful answer to your vision impairment concerns. We invite you to get in touch with our staff at our Atlanta or Alpharetta, GA location to learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Marisa Lawrence.

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