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Cosmetic Eyelid Surgeries

Our highly-skilled oculo-facial surgeons offer multiple options to improve the appearance of the eyelids, brow and orbital area (eye socket). Depending on your age, degree of and signs of aging, and goals, solutions for a more youthful appearance can include BOTOX® and fillers, fat removal alone, eyelid skin resurfacing (with peels or lasers) or procedures that treat the skin, fat, muscle and cheek all at once. A key element of choosing a procedure that is best for you is a thorough exam and evaluation performed by one of our physicians.

Once an evaluation is complete, the findings are considered in conjunction with each individual’s goals to create a treatment plan. Sometimes multiple options are presented so the surgeon and patient can work together to come up with the most appropriate plan. Simple procedures can often be performed under local anesthesia, while more complicated ones are performed under general anesthesia. We strive to help our patients achieve their goals in a safe and caring manner, and creating a natural, healthier, more youthful appearance.

Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)

Age, sun exposure and hereditary factors all contribute to wrinkles, deep lines and puffiness around the eyes. This can create a tired or aged appearance. An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is designed to restore a more youthful and rested appearance to your eyes. Emory physicians strive to eliminate dark shadows and crow’s feet and create a smooth transition from the eyelid to the cheek. The procedure can also improve your scope of vision if you have excessive upper eyelid skin that interferes with peripheral or superior vision. A blepharoplasty at Emory can involve the upper lids, the lower lids or both.

Upper Eyelid Lift

Excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids can make you look tired and unhappy when you’re not. Depending on what other procedures the patient may be undergoing, an upper blepharoplasty may be done under local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia. Very thin sutures are kept in place for about a week following blepharoplasty surgery, and a little bruising around the eyelid area for about a week is common. Makeup can be worn starting around day 10, and the scar heals nicely in the crease of your eyelids.

Lower Eyelid Lift

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty surgery typically requires a bit more than just local anesthesia, using either IV sedation or general anesthesia. A lower blepharoplasty usually includes either excision or rearrangement of the fat pads under the eyes that cause excess “bags.” In addition, excess skin can be eliminated underneath the eyelids using a well-hidden incision under the lower eyelashes.




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