Blepharoplasty (Cosmetic Upper or Lower Eyelid Lift Surgery) – Dothan, AL

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About Eyelid Surgery

A person's eyes are a beautiful aspect of the face that deserve to be seen, but sometimes an excess of skin on top or around the eyes can render an unflattering facial appearance. Plastic surgeon Dr. Justin Martin performs eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) to lift and tighten the lower and/or upper eyelid, creating a more youthful "alert" look. So many men and women have eyelid surgery at Martin Plastic Surgery to correct sagging skin, leading to improved functionality and facial appearance. Whether upper or lower, eyelid surgery creates a softer, younger appearance and can give you natural yet noticeable improvements. If you are interested in refreshing your eyes, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin at his practice in Dothan, AL.

Ideal Candidates

Blepharoplasty is a facial cosmetic enhancement that is popular among both women and men. During the initial consult, treatment options will be provided by Dr. Martin based on the issues that need to be corrected. Most often, ideal candidates have excess, sagging skin and folds on the upper eyelid, or puffy skin just under the bottom eyelid. For a more rested, youthful appearance, blepharoplasty may be the appropriate treatment for you. If you have excess, hanging skin on the upper eyelid, or bags under the eyes, blepharoplasty can correct this and create a softer appearance.

Surgical Technique

Depending on the nature of the eyelid surgery, some form of anesthesia will be used. This treatment may be done on the top eyelid by itself, on the bottom portion, or a blend of both treatments.

  • Upper
    Upper eyelid surgery assists in reducing the loose skin produce a more youthful look. The incision is often placed along the natural crease.
  • Lower
    Lower blepharoplasty is performed to improve bulging skin and fat underneath the lower lid. In most cases, an incision is made below the lash line to surgically remove fat, and the skin is gently lifted to create a flatter, smoother look. The incision can also be placed on the inside of the eyelid in certain cases.

What to Expect

Eyelid surgery can take up to two hours depending on whether both eyes or one is treated. After surgery, you should allow several days to rest. Cold compresses can assist in reducing swelling, bruising, and discomfort. The outcomes from eyelid surgery may last a decade or longer, but while they are long lasting, aging does not stop. To continue to enhance your surgical outcomes, nonsurgical treatments at Martin Plastic Surgery such as injections and fillers can be added to create a glowing appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Eyelid surgery costs will vary based on whether you're getting a lower eyelid lift, upper, or both. Once your surgical plan is created in your initial consultation, Dr. Martin can talk to you about cost estimates. For results that look natural and last for many years, it's better to concentrate on finding an experienced plastic surgeon who you are comfortable with, like Dr. Martin rather than looking for the lowest cost. Martin Plastic Surgery accepts several forms of payment and offers several financing options.

Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
When excess skin is compromising your sight, your health insurance might cover some of your blepharoplasty. Please talk to Dr. Martin during your initial consultation if you may be applying for an insurance to determine if you might be a candidate for insurance coverage.  A team member at Martin Plastic Surgery can help you submit the required paperwork and information to your provider to consider your claim. In most cases, you will require documentation from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that blepharoplasty is medically necessary to restore your field of vision.

What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Blepharoplasty doesn't just help to rejuvenate your face, but it may also give you other benefits. You may discover your field of vision is greater once excess, hanging skin in your upper eyelid is gone. It is also much easier to put on eyeshadow and other makeup. Getting rid of fine lines, dark circles, and puffy bags in your lower eyelid may help your eyes appear fuller and brighter without a lot of makeup.

Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles might be better treated with a brow lift or facelift as the improvements of blepharoplasty are limited to the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty may also be performed with a nonsurgical treatment like BOTOX, which can smooth wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. Wrinkle fillers, like Juvéderm or Restylane may help to add volume for a softer, smoother appearance. In your initial consultation, Dr. Martin will develop your unique treatment plan to fit your needs and goals.

What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Nonsurgical skin tightening plus injectable wrinkle treatments (like BOTOX, Juvéderm, and Restylane) may offer improvements. However, if you want to correct moderate to severe loose skin or would like to see results that last a long time, eyelid surgery is better for your needs. Once you tell Dr. Martin about your needs and goals, he will give you his suggestions for a surgical or nonsurgical treatment plan. He might also recommend combining both nonsurgical and surgical procedures for ideal results.

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Average Cost  
$2,950 - $4,350
Recovery Time  
2-4 weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1:00 - 2:00
Post-op Follow-up  
two weeks
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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Younger-Looking Eyes

If you have excess skin on your upper eyelids, or you are frustrated by bags underneath your eyes, then cosmetic eyelid surgery at Martin Plastic Surgery may be the answer for you. This treatment can allow you to look and feel younger and more alert while offering a beautiful solution to your vision impairment concerns. We encourage you to call our office in Dothan, AL to arrange a consultation with Dr. Martin.

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