Eyelid Surgery/ Blepharoplasty
Are you starting to notice that age is beginning to take a toll on your eyes, specifically your eyelids? If you are unhappy with the look of saggy or puffy upper or lower lids, eyelid surgery may be able to help. This procedure is commonly performed on men and women alike to create a youthful, refreshed appearance. Blepharoplasty is a type of surgery that repairs droopy eyelids and may involve removing excess skin and fat. As you age, your eyelids stretch and the muscles supporting them weaken. As a result, excess fat may gather above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids and bags under your eyes. Besides making you look older, severely sagging skin around your eyes can reduce your field of vision, especially the upper and outer parts of your field of vision. Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate these vision problems and make your eyes appear younger and more alert.
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Are you interested in learning more about the best blepharoplasty procedure in Atlanta? If so, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Thomas Walker.
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
The cost of blepharoplasty varies and depends on multiple factors including prior surgery, upper vs. lower eyelid surgery, location of surgery (office vs. operating room), and type of anesthesia, among other factors. When your treatment plan has been decided during your consultation, Dr. Walker’s team will go over estimated costs with you. Although finances are important, you should focus on finding a skilled and caring surgeon you trust rather than on the cost associated with your procedure. Dr. Walker’s team will be happy to go over financing options with you.
Does insurance cover the cost of eyelid surgery?
Some insurance plans cover the cost for upper eyelid surgery if there is proven functional impairment of the visual field. This often requires an evaluation by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. If the field of vision is diminished, the surgery would be considered functional surgery as opposed to cosmetic surgery as long as certain other criteria are met, which vary between insurance. A visual field evaluation is always necessary to determine if you qualify for possible insurance coverage.
Can eyelid surgery be combined with other facial procedures?
Yes, in fact it is commonly combined with a brow lift, facelift, neck lift, or rhinoplasty. Laser skin resurfacing is also commonly performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery, as is autologous fat transfer. There are obvious advantages from a cost and downtime perspective when combining procedures as long as it can safely be done. Dr. Walker will be happy to discuss various options with you to customize your treatment plan.
Are there non-surgical alternatives to eyelid surgery?
It depends. In general, there is no good non-surgical alternatives to upper eyelid surgery. For the lower eyelid, facial fillers or fat transfers can be an alternative but this depends on the severity of the tear trough deformity and your expectations. Results generally don’t last nearly as long from non-surgical treatment alternatives but there is also less downtime associated with non-surgical options. Dr. Walker will go over the various options with you during your consultation and formulate a customized treatment plan taking your wishes, personal goals, and tolerability of downtime into consideration.