Blepharoplasty, Upper & Lower Eyelids
A common proverb says “the eyes are the mirror of the soul.” Your eyes are one of the most communicative features; they truly do say a lot about you. The delicate tissue around the eyes can be heavily impacted by the aging process. Over time, loose or excess skin may develop above the upper eyelids, making them appear heavy or hooded, and underneath the lower eyelids, dark or puffy bags may emerge. Both conditions are caused in part by gravity, loss of skin elasticity, and shifting or settling fat deposits — and both produce in an overall visage of fatigue or stress.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, lifts and rejuvenates the aging eye tissue, removing the sags and bags to restore a naturally youthful look. Award-winning Atlanta area surgeon Dr. Burke Robinson has performed over a thousand eyelid surgeries in his career always using the most effective techniques to maximize results.
About Eyelid Surgery
The overall procedures for blepharoplasty follow a relatively straightforward approach yet produce incredible results without complex recovery.
- Upper Eyelid:
Following the natural creases of the upper eyelids, incisions allow access for removal of excess fat, muscle, and skin. Fine sutures close the incisions and the eyes are lubricated afterward to promote healing. “The incisions are hidden in the natural crease of the upper lid,” Dr. Robinson clarifies, “so, the patient can return to work in just a few days and no one really knows why they look so rested and radiant.” This minimal downtime typically permits patients to read or watch television within a few days. About a week after surgery, patients have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Robinson at which time he checks progress and removes sutures. Patients are then able to resume regular activity.
- Lower Eyelid:
Tiny incisions are made behind the lower eyelids, and fat is removed with small surgical forceps, a technique which eliminates visible scarring and requires no sutures. “The eye sockets have fat in them to cushion eyeballs so they are not banging into the bony eye socket rim,” explains Dr. Robinson, highlighting his knowledge of an experienced surgeon who is careful to leave the appropriate amount of fat in the eye sockets to protect the eyes. Since no sutures are used, the recovery process is quite simple and patients return to their normal routine almost immediately.
Who is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty applications address problems with the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, according to patient needs and a full assessment by Dr. Robinson. “Eyelid surgery is a simple procedure providing the single most dramatic change one can get with cosmetic surgery,” says Dr. Robinson. “Additionally, the incisions are hidden in the natural crease of the upper lid and typically just inside the rim of the lower eyelid. The patient can return to work in just a few days and no one really knows why this person looks so rested and radiant!” A consultation with Dr. Robinson allows for a complete evaluation of patient symptoms and goals, as well as a determination of surgical techniques to be considered.
Eyelid Surgery Consultation
A consultation is necessary to evaluate the patient. The initial consultation is a private time between you and Dr. Robinson that commonly involves questions for the surgeon, looking at before-and-after photographs of the procedure you are considering and viewing computer imaging of your own photographs that can help you personalize the changes you desire.
Eyelid Surgery & Insurance Coverage
Although a blepharoplasty is commonly perceived as a cosmetic procedure, it may be covered by insurance if the drooping skin above the eyes is perceived by an ophthalmologist as interfering with your vision. A visual fields test and general eye exam is a pre-certification requirement by most insurance companies.
With two convenient office locations, one in Alpharetta and one in Dunwoody, our RFPS team serves patients throughout the metro Atlanta area. Dr. Robinson performs all his surgeries at fully-accredited facilities scheduling at either Northside Alpharetta Surgery Center or Atlanta Outpatient Surgery Center.
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There are several questions that patients frequently ask Dr. Burke Robinson regarding lower eyelid surgery and upper eyelid surgery. Though each patient’s case is unique, Dr. Robinson believes that those considering the procedure can benefit from generalized information about eyelid surgery. Serving Atlanta, Alpharetta, and beyond, Dr. Robinson performs blepharoplasty (the technical name for eyelid surgery) on both men and women of various ages.
What age is best for blepharoplasty?
Patient age varies widely as problems with eyelids can be caused by genetics as well as aging. The procedure can be performed as early as in the patient’s 20’s, with no upper age limit.
How long will the results of eyelid surgery last?
Most blepharoplasty patients never find it necessary to additional surgery. “Eyelid surgery only has to be done once in a lifetime,” says Dr. Robinson. After approximately one week of recovery time, patients enjoy dramatic and long-lasting improvements in their looks at a relatively inexpensive price. This is why Dr. Robinson says that blepharoplasty can be one of the best returns on an investment in your facial appearance.
Which procedures are frequently combined with blepharoplasty?
Patients may choose to undergo other procedures at the same time as eyelid surgery to create a more dramatic improvement in their appearance. Blepharoplasty is sometimes combined with browlift surgery and/or laser skin resurfacing to give their skin a firmer, more youthful texture.
Why is it important to have eyelid surgery performed by a facial plastic surgeon?
A high degree of surgical training is necessary if a doctor is to operate near the eyes safely. Most plastic surgeons do not specialize in facial plastic surgery and may perform as few as ten blepharoplasty surgeries in a year. Dr. Robinson has performed hundreds of eyelid surgeries and has hundreds of patients who can testify to his expertise. His double board-certification by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) is a testament to Dr. Robinson’s comprehensive knowledge of facial function and aesthetics. But the quality of the aesthetic results is not the only reason to seek an expert facial plastic surgeon. Cosmetic surgery is still surgery, and it, therefore, carries some risks if proper precautions are not taken; with this in mind, Dr. Robinson makes patient health his first priority.
Will I look like I’ve had “work done” after eyelid surgery?
Absolutely not! Dr. Burke Robinson prides himself on his subtle results and believes that he has not truly done his job unless the finished result is completely natural-looking. The ultimate goal of cosmetic surgery – and in particular, eyelid surgery – is to avoid attention to the eye for an extreme look; neither this or a tired look is desirable. Rather, a natural, well-rested appearance is the desired result. The eye area will not look overly tight after it has healed; instead, a rested and natural look will emerge. This result is possible because Dr. Robinson is careful not to remove more tissue than necessary to achieve the desired look. His experience with facial plastic surgery and blepharoplasty, in particular, has shown him that patients look best when the enhancements made to their facial features are subtle and beautiful.
What can I anticipate during recovery?
Dr. Robinson prides himself on his subtle results that look completely natural. The goal for blepharoplasty is not an extreme, surprised look but rather, a well-rested appearance. The recovery time is minimal and patients usually resume regular activity within a week post-procedure.
Burke Robinson, MD, FACS
Double Board Certified Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Dr. Burke Robinson is an award-winning Top Doctor with over 28 years of experience dedicated to only facial cosmetic surgery.
He has devoted his life to helping others transform their dream look into a beautiful reality while maintaining natural-looking results.
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