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Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

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The area around the eyes is often one of the first places a person notices the signs of aging. People who are struggling with sagging eyes and are looking for a safe treatment should consider getting a blepharoplasty. A blepharoplasty, which is also known as eyelid surgery, is a procedure that removes skin and fat from around the eyelids.

Good Candidates for Eyelid Surgery

Good candidates for blepharoplasty surgery are people with good overall health and are unhappy with sagging upper eyelids. The procedure is appropriate for both men and women.  People who are interested in this procedure should also be non-smokers or will need to quit smoking.

About the Procedure

An upper eyelid  blepharoplasty is one of the many cosmetic procedures performed by Dr. Alexander Gross at the Georgia Dermatology Center in Cumming, GA. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia, which means that a person will be awake during it. One does not really have to do a lot to prepare for this procedure. However, people who take blood-thinning medications will need to stop taking them about two weeks before their surgery. Blood-thinning medications can increase the risk of bleeding and bruising. Certain herbal supplements can increase bleeding and bruising risks also.

In most cases, upper eyelid surgery can be completed in less than two hours. The location and the amount of tissue being removed are two of the main factors that affect the amount of time that eyelid surgery takes.

Recovery From Eyelid Surgery

People will need to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for at least once week after your procedure. It is not normal to experience pain with this procedure, you look worse than you feel. This procedure is almost painless, recovery depends on swelling and bruising. Stitches are usually removed in 7-10 days.

This procedure can also be used to correct ptosis. Ptosis is a condition also known as “droopy eyelids”. If ptosis is significant enough, it may warrant a visit to an eye doctor to rule out any visual acuity. Should Dr. Gross’ examination reveal that you may be a candidate for medical necessity blepharoplasty. He will refer you to an eye doctor for a visual field test to confirm the severity so this could be submitted to insurance for medical necessity. Please note, this is only for upper eyelids.

People who are interested in getting upper eyelid surgery should contact the Georgia Dermatology Center. The staff members will be happy to help you make an appointment and answer any questions that you may have.

 

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