Droopy, tired-looking eyes and wrinkles in the eye area are often among the first signs of aging to appear as a person grows older. Louis M. DeJoseph, M.D. is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon in Atlanta, GA who specializes in cosmetic eyelid surgery, better known in the medical community as blepharoplasty plastic surgery. Dr. DeJoseph and Dr. Daraei rejuvenates the face during this transformative plastic surgery procedure by contouring the eyes and restoring a refreshed, awake appearance. Blepharoplasty in Atlanta helps patients look their best and feel more confident in their daily lives.
Blepharoplasty – Dr. Louis DeJoseph, Atlanta Georgia
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, also known as cosmetic eyelid surgery, is a facial plastic surgery procedure that is performed to revitalize the eye area. During the procedure, excess tissue of the eyelid is removed from the upper or lower lids to create a more youthful appearance. This procedure can:
- Smooth wrinkles around the eyes
- Remove excess skin and fat
- Improve the resting expression
- Resolve eye bags beneath the lash line
In some cases, upper eyelid surgery is a medical necessity when it is performed to remove eyelid hooding that interferes with the patient’s eyesight. However, the procedure is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons.
There are two different versions of eyelid plastic surgery: upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty plastic surgery. Upper eyelid surgery is performed to reduce unwanted features like crow’s feet and excess drooping skin, while the lower eyelids are typically altered to reposition or remove excess fatty tissue that causes puffy bags. The upper and lower eyelids can be addressed in one surgery if desired, but many of our Atlanta blepharoplasty patients are only concerned with one of the two areas.
Why Choose Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic upper and lower eyelid plastic surgery that is performed to enhance the look of the eyes, reversing some of the natural signs of aging. Normal functions of vision, expressions, sun damage, and the natural aging process can cause the eyes to prematurely display a hooded appearance, lines, and wrinkles, and crepey skin, often prematurely. As tissues of the face shift downward, fat pads below the eyes are exposed and create prominent under eye bags. Many patients choose this procedure to boost their confidence and to look younger and more awake.
Am I a Candidate for Blepharoplasty surgery?
Blepharoplasty candidates in Atlanta include men and women who wish to improve the appearance of their eyes, have realistic expectations, and are healthy enough to undergo a surgical outpatient procedure. Patients who request the procedure often feel self-conscious when interacting with others and engaging in prolonged eye contact.
Prospective patients should not have any issues of the eyes, such as dry eyes or active infections. Patients who are considering blepharoplasty plastic surgery will need to have their candidacy assessed during an initial consultation with Dr. DeJoseph or Dr. Daraei.
The Blepharoplasty Procedure
Under local anesthesia at his practice or at Northside Advanced Surgery Center Perimeter, Dr. DeJoseph or Dr. Daraei will begin eyelid surgery by creating strategic incisions in one of three hidden areas: the natural crease of the upper eyelid, along the lash line of the lower eyelid, or inside the lower lid.
The surgeon trims the tissue to remove excess skin, and sometimes fat. In other cases, the fat is repositioned or surgically adjusted to contour the under eye area. He then tightens the muscles around the eyelid to create long–lasting improvement. Once the blepharoplasty (eyelid) surgery is completed, the incisions are carefully sutured closed, or skin adhesives are applied to ensure proper healing without noticeable scars.
The Blepharoplasty Consultation
Blepharoplasty consultations in Atlanta, GA, at Premier Image allow Dr. DeJoseph to design a custom treatment plan for individual patients and to ensure candidacy. Each patient will submit paperwork on his or her health, undergo a facial and eye examination, and explain their aesthetic preferences for the eye area. Experienced plastic surgeons like Dr. DeJoseph will have a range of before and after photos available to help give patients an idea of what to expect.
Dr. DeJoseph or Dr. Daraei will examine the upper and lower eyelids to determine the best way to treat issues like wrinkles around the eyes or excess fat that creates puffy bags under the eyes. He may suggest alternative or complementary procedures such as a brow lift or dermal fillers to help patients reach their goals. Patients are encouraged to ask questions and address any concerns they may have.
Preparing for Blepharoplasty Plastic Surgery in Atlanta
Upper and lower eyelid surgery are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that patients will return home soon after their blepharoplasty plastic surgery. Eyelid surgery patients must arrange for a ride to and from the surgery center as they will not be allowed to drive themselves after receiving anesthesia.
Dr. DeJoseph and Dr. Daraei may restrict a patient’s medications if they could interfere with the surgery or prevent proper healing. He may also provide prescriptions for patients to minimize swelling, lessen the likelihood of infection, and control pain. These medications can be filled prior to the eyelift so they are available as needed. Many patients also choose to prepare their recovery area in advance with comfortable pillows, bedding, and activities to do in their downtime.
Recovering from Blepharoplasty Surgery
The eye area may feel sensitive and tight for the first few days following a blepharoplasty eyelid procedure, and some patients experience dry eyes. It may be a week after surgery before patients notice visible changes to the eye area, as much of the swelling and bruising will have subsided by then.
What Are the Possible Side Effects or Risks of Blepharoplasty Surgery?
Blepharoplasty in Atlanta is not typically performed under general anesthesia and is considered a safer procedure for older patients who may be limited by various health conditions. Additionally, all surgical procedures at Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery are performed by board-certified plastic surgeons. While unwanted side effects and risks are rare due to numerous precautions, the following may occur:
- Injury to muscles around the eye
- Affected vision
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Poor aesthetic results
Why Choose Premier Image
Dr. DeJoseph received his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology, graduating Cum Laude in his class at King’s College. Subsequently, he received his doctorate of medicine from the College of Medicine at Penn State.
Dr. DeJoseph completed his residency in Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and was one of only 38 surgeons selected worldwide to undergo further specialty training in facial plastic & reconstructive surgery in affiliation with Emory University here in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. DeJoseph is triple board certified in facial plastic & reconstructive surgery & laser surgery. He is a frequent lecturer to professional and civic groups, contributing author, and winner of many academic awards.
Dr. Daraei is a Board Eligible head and neck surgeon specializing in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, he specializes in aesthetic surgical and non-surgical facial procedures, focusing on rhinoplasty as well as other cosmetic and reconstructive facial procedures.
Dr. Daraei is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
Dr. Daraei completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. He realized that face-to-face interactions are a critical component in day-to-day life and he decided very early on to pursue a career in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Daraei graduated at the top of his class and received multiple distinctions, including election to Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) in his junior year and serving as President of AOA during his senior year.
Dr. Daraei completed his surgical residency training in Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University. Dr. Daraei focused on cosmetic procedures and was completed under the auspices of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions About eyelid Surgery
In cases of mild hooding and creasing of the upper eyelids, brow lift plastic surgery might be an effective alternative to eyelid surgery. The procedure lifts and repositions the brows and smoothens forehead wrinkles. There are also non-surgical options to rejuvenate the eyes, like VUE under-eye enhancement or laser skin resurfacing.
While an upper or lower blepharoplasty surgically modifies the appearance of the eyes and can provide long-lasting rejuvenation, the area will continue to age with time and lifestyle choices. Smoking, unprotected sun exposure, and other habits will negatively impact the longevity of the results. A great way to maintain the results of a blepharoplasty is to undergo non-surgical procedures like laser skin resurfacing, facial fillers, or Botox injections.
Cosmetic surgery of the eyes is often combined with other facial plastic surgery procedures like a facelift or brow lift. Fillers can also be used in the nasolabial folds and marionette lines around the mouth to rejuvenate the face. Other patients may not display many signs of aging in other areas of the face and might elect to receive a blepharoplasty (eyelid) as a standalone surgery.