In Birmingham, AL
With an eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, Dr. Cohn can address signs of aging that appear on the upper portion of the face. The aging process can bring a change in skin elasticity, which causes sagging, lines, and wrinkles. These often lead to droopy eyes and, in more severe cases, may even cause problems with vision. Additionally, aging can also bring increased puffiness and bags under the eyelids, which creates the look of an overtired face. To reverse the look of an old, tired, and lifeless face, blepharoplasty with Dr. Cohn can be an effective way to restore a youthful, vibrant look to your face and rejuvenate your appearance
What Do You Desire?
Youthful, Refreshed Appearance
Droopy, sagging upper eyelids or puffy eye bags individually age the face faster than other imperfections. Having both can add years to your appearance. Upper blepharoplasty lifts the droopy, sagging skin of the upper eyelid by removing excess skin. Lower blepharoplasty reduces the puffiness by smoothing and tightening the skin under the lower lash line.
The aging process can cause a loss of skin elasticity around the eyes. Drooping eyelids and puffy eye bags can be a consequence of this loss, leading to an older, tired appearance. In extreme cases, the results can affect your vision. Dr. Cohn can address many of these concerns with a procedure called Blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty can be an effective way to restore a youthful, refreshed look and rejuvenate your appearance.
Clear Line of Vision
Excess skin on your upper eyelids may continue to fall over time, compromising your field of vision. With blepharoplasty, your eyelids can be restored to their youthful position, thereby, restoring your field of vision.
Our team can help you make an informed decision on which one, or if both, upper and lower blepharoplasty procedures are right for you.
Eyelid Lift Techniques
An upper eyelid blepharoplasty is done with an incision made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. This means the incision is well-hidden, and even if there is visible scarring, it will not be easily noticeable. This procedure can be used to remove or redistribute fat deposits, tighten the skin, and remove excess skin. Dr. Cohn can even tighten the muscle, if necessary, to prevent further drooping of the upper eyelid.
This is a lower blepharoplasty performed through an incision just below the lower eyelash line. During a lower lash procedure, excess skin is removed from the lower lid, which addresses any sagging under the eyes. Fat deposits that cause puffiness can be removed or even redistributed to even out volume under the eyes.
This procedure is called a transconjunctival eyelid lift, meaning that the incision is hidden inside the lower eyelid. In this procedure, fat deposits can be redistributed or removed to address puffiness. However, this procedure is not meant to address imperfections with sagging skin or wrinkling, as no skin is removed with this technique.
When you decide that you’d like a blepharoplasty, you will first meet with Dr. Cohn for a preoperative consultation. During this meeting, you will discuss the reasons why you desire an eyelid lift, and he will perform a medical evaluation to determine if the procedure is appropriate to meet your treatment goals.
You should come prepared to discuss these reasons as well as your medical history. This history includes information regarding major health concerns or procedures that you’ve had, medications you’re taking currently, any drug allergies you know about, use of vices such as drugs or alcohol, and any family history of disease that may impact a successful surgical outcome.
During your physical evaluation, he will measure your eyelids and take photographs of the treatment sites for your medical records. He will provide you with information regarding surgical options (including choice of anesthesia). At this time, he will determine the best course of treatment and give you the opportunity to ask any questions or address any concerns you may have.
Recovery time will vary for all patients. Dr. Cohn will provide postoperative instructions to ensure you have the best recovery possible. These instructions will include pain management, activity levels and follow up care. Following all of your doctor’s post-op instructions will help reduce the risk of infection and aid in the healing process.
Swelling and bruising are likely to occur for a few weeks following surgery. This is typical but should not cause extreme discomfort. Rest a minimum of 48 hours after surgery. After the first two days of rest you may slowly return to light daily activities. Strenuous activities including exercise should be avoided until approved by Dr. Cohn. If you have any questions, please call our office at 205-590-9900.
Healing of incisions depend on your body’s response to healing, following the postop care instructions and the extent of the procedure.
Incisions for blepharoplasty are intended to be hidden. If scarring occurs it will, most likely, remain hidden within the eyelid. Even under optimal circumstances there are no guarantees.
Blepharoplasty is performed under anesthesia. Your options will be discussed during your initial consultation.
Experiencing some discomfort, swelling and bruising is normal. Dr. Cohn will provide you information regarding pain management. If you are experiencing symptoms or pain at a concerning level contact our office immediately at 205-590-9900.
Costs for all procedures vary depending on the location of the surgery, extent of the procedure and combination of procedures.
All options and costs will be presented to you during your initial consultation. Cohn Plastic Surgery also offers his clients two financing programs, CareCredit and Prosper, to help you achieve the best version of yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your surgery can be performed in multiple locations, and in your preoperative consultation, Dr. Cohn will go over the options. His Birmingham, Alabama office is an accredited surgical suite, but he also has options for an outpatient surgical center or a hospital in Birmingham.
Before your surgery, you will want to live a healthy lifestyle. In doing so, you help your body functions perform more optimally, which increases your chances for a better and easier recovery. A healthy lifestyle includes eating well, maintaining a consistent exercise routine, refraining from smoking, and being at a stable weight. You will also be required to stop taking certain supplements or medications that may increase the risk of bleeding or other postoperative complications.
The cost for each procedure varies depending on the surgical location, the extent of the procedure, and whether or not you are combining multiple procedures. During your preoperative consultation, Dr. Cohn will review the costs associated with your specific procedure. Our office works with multiple health care financing programs that can help you set up a payment plan for your procedure.