Eyelid Surgery vs. Blepharoplasty | Safety, Pain, Recovery, Longevity & Costs | Surgeon Explains

When the eyelid skin begins to sag and tissue droops around the eyes, you may see more wrinkles and hollow areas that only become more prominent over time. Loss of elasticity in the upper eyelid can even cause loss of vision. If you have any of these issues, Dr. Chip Cole may recommend blepharoplasty, more commonly known as an eyelid lift. An eyelid lift removes excess skin above and below the eyes so you can appear more refreshed. The professionals at OCULUS Plastic Surgery are proud to have performed countless successful procedures so patients can look younger and see better. Call our Atlanta, GA, office to schedule an eyelid lift consultation and see how you can benefit from treatment. WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR BLEPHAROPLASTY? Blepharoplasty can be performed on healthy patients with excess skin folds around the upper or lower eyelids. This excess or loose skin causes cosmetic problems and may even obstruct your field of vision. Our procedure at OCULUS Plastic Surgery can also address under-eye bags and puffiness that prevent men and women from feeling confident and enjoying life to the fullest. To find out if you are indeed an ideal candidate for eyelid surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cole or a member of our team. WHAT TO EXPECT DURING BLEPHAROPLASTY During an upper eyelid lift, Dr. Cole makes a hidden incision in the natural crease of the eyelid. Once the tissue is removed, we also address any excess fat at the same time. Sutures are used to gently close the incision. A lower eyelid lift requires an internal incision in the lower eyelid to remove or reposition the tissue. This is also known as transconjunctival blepharoplasty. If, however, there is significant excess skin in addition to puffiness on the lower eyelid, a traditional incision just below the eyelashes (external blepharoplasty) can allow for the removal of excess skin. Our clinic in Atlanta works hard to make sure patients feel comfortable during the process and experience as little scarring as possible. HOW LONG IS RECOVERY AFTER BLEPHAROPLASTY? Most patients are back to their normal routines after blepharoplasty within a few days, although complete recovery may take as long as 2 to 3 weeks. While swelling, bruising, and some discomfort are all part of the recovery process, these side effects are temporary and can be alleviated with cold compresses and a mild pain reliever. OCULUS Plastic Surgery can provide further guidance and recovery instructions so you can feel more comfortable. WILL I HAVE SCARS FROM AN EYELID LIFT? Eyelid surgery generally does not cause visible scarring. Dr. Cole takes great care to ensure that incisions are made in the natural folds of the face. Our clinic also provides detailed guidelines and recommendations so patients can minimize scarring during recovery. SHOULD I EXPECT POST-SURGERY COMPLICATIONS? Complications after upper or lower eyelid surgery are rare. However, it's important to follow the recovery instructions provided by OCULUS Plastic Surgery to prevent complications such as infection. These include avoiding activities that may cause injury to the eyes, such as rubbing or applying pressure to the area. Contact our office if you have any issues. HOW WILL MY EYESIGHT IMPROVE? Blepharoplasty is not only performed for cosmetic reasons. If you suffer from drooping eyelids or other conditions that obstruct your vision, this surgery in Atlanta, GA, can remove the excess skin and improve your eyesight. Our patients report that they are able to read better and see more easily after their procedure. Dr. Chip Cole is a quadruple board-certified surgeon based in Atlanta, specializing in ophthalmology and plastic surgery of the eyes and face—honored with The Golden Scalpel Award for Surgical Excellence. Dr. Cole is also a fellowship instructor for two university programs, training tomorrow's surgeons, and has been honored with the Most Outstanding Faculty Award several times. Dr. Cole is frequently shares his knowledge through teaching lectures, and has been an invited keynote speaker to many prestigious universities. He is also an Amazon #1 Best-Selling author! Instagram @drchipcole Oculus Plastic Surgery 5505 Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd Suite 630 Atlanta, GA 30342 Main: (404) 256-1500 Fax: (404) 256-2006 https://oculusplasticsurgery.com Timecode 0:00 Meet Dr. Harvey “Chip” Cole, III, MD, FACS 0:06 What is the difference between blepharoplasty and eyelid surgery? 0:20 How safe is a blepharoplasty? 0:38 Is eyelid surgery painful? 1:04 How long does it take to recover from eyelid surgery? 1:40 How long does a blepharoplasty last? 2:09 How much does it cost to lift an eyelid?