Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

Though it may be true that we cannot stop aging in its tracks, luckily there are various cosmetic facial procedures that double-board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman offers in order to help you achieve a more youthful and vibrant appearance. Often, one of the first places to show the signs of aging is the eyes. Dr. Whiteman performs blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, to eliminate the tired appearance aging eyes can cause.

eyelid-surgery-atlanta-georgiaAccording to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), over 215,000 eyelid surgeries were performed in 2013 with a six percent increase since 2012. Patients who are good candidates for blepharoplasty are individuals that lead a healthy lifestyle and who don’t have any medical conditions that can impair healing. It is imperative to discuss any pre-existing conditions you suffer from including thyroid disorders, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes during consultations to ensure patient safety and minimize risks of complications.

As we age, skin loses its elasticity, often causing the upper eyelids to droop and form excess skin on the lower eyelids. Having the appearance of tired eyes is due to the formation of fat deposits underneath the eyes. These effects can potentially cause impaired vision if the excess skin on the eyelids creates a blanket over the eye’s crease. In order to treat patients with such concerns, Dr. Whiteman removes the excess fat, tissue, and skin around the eyes, providing a more alert look for the patient. If a patient requires upper blepharoplasty, Dr. Whiteman reduces the amount of lax skin and creates a natural-looking crease. If lower blepharoplasty is needed, puffy fat pockets under the eyes are removed to provide a more well-rested appearance.

If patients want to maintain their blepharoplasty results, Dr. Whiteman may suggest opting for facial fillers, like Juvéderm, for example, or Botox®. To obtain overall rejuvenation patients frequently combine their eyelid surgery with other facial procedures such as a rhinoplasty or facelift. You may also consider our Eye Package, which helps to maximize the benefit of the procedure.

If you are interested in eyelid surgery, or any of the cosmetic or reconstructive procedures Dr. Whiteman performs, please contact us today. Also, connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.