The eyes are usually among the first areas of the face to exhibit obvious signs of aging, which is why eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is one of the most common facial procedures performed at the practice of Dr. John L. LeRoy. Eyelid surgery is a type of facial plastic surgery that targets pockets of excess fat and sagging skin that can appear on the upper and lower eyelids. By removing these pockets, Dr. LeRoy helps his patients appear more alert and refreshed without any obvious signs of surgery. Scarring is generally very minimal, and although the skin does continue to age after surgery, the results are usually permanent.
Eyelid Surgery Overview
Performed as an outpatient procedure at our Atlanta office, eyelid surgery takes about three hours to complete. Dr. LeRoy will make a small incision at the lash line, at the lower eyelid, or at both in some cases, and remove fatty tissue and excess skin using very thin forceps. Once the tissue has been removed and the skin tightened, Dr. LeRoy will close the incision using dissolving sutures.
Any residual scarring from eyelid surgery is virtually invisible, as the incisions are made in discrete areas along the skin.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
After surgery, patients should get plenty of rest and refrain from physically demanding activities. Most patients are able to return to work within 10 days of eyelid surgery. Within four weeks, most of the swelling and bruising will have disappeared.
Patients who choose eyelid surgery often keep their faces looking fresh using laser resurfacing to lighten dark circles and BOTOX® injections to soften prominent creases between the eyes and eyebrows.
Eyelid surgery can be very effective at smoothing out bags and wrinkles around the eyes and giving these areas a more refreshed and youthful appearance.
Contact John L. LeRoy, MD
If you would like more information on eyelid surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. LeRoy to talk about how this procedure can help you achieve your cosmetic enhancement goals, please contact our practice today. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.