Eyelid Surgery

Alert, expressive eyes communicate vitality and energy, whereas sagging upper eyelids or puffy undereye bags can lead people to think you’re tired or sad. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Hagopian performs blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, at his Atlanta plastic surgery practice to lift and smooth eyelids for a refreshed appearance.

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How Is Eyelid Surgery Performed?

The techniques Dr. Hagopian uses to perform blepharoplasty vary depending on if you’re having upper or lower blepharoplasty or both. Dr. Hagopian customizes each of the procedures based on your specific condition.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

In most upper eyelid surgery procedures, Dr. Hagopian uses a local anesthetic plus sedation to keep you comfortable during the operation. He begins the procedure by making an incision along the upper eyelid’s natural crease and then removing excess skin. He may also remove or reposition fat and tighten muscles in the area before closing the incision.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

General anesthesia is often used during lower eyelid surgery because it can be more uncomfortable than upper eyelid surgery. The location of the incisions Dr. Hagopian makes for lower eyelid surgery varies depending on your specific concerns. If your primary concern is bulging fat below the eye, Dr. Hagopian makes an incision just inside the lower eyelid. This is called a transconjunctival approach, and it’s useful for younger patients with eyelids that smoothly transition to the skin of their upper cheeks.

Patients more concerned with signs of aging are good candidates for a transcutaneous approach, which involves making incisions just below the lash line on the outside of the eyelids. Dr. Hagopian uses these incisions to tighten muscles and remove excess skin and fat before closing the incisions. This approach also minimizes the appearance of dark undereye circles.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery is one of the most consistently popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the U.S. Adult men and women of all ages can benefit. Younger patients can inherit traits such as undereye bulges or hooded upper eyelids and are also good candidates for the procedure.

Eyelid surgery is an excellent option for people concerned about:

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
  • Fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

If your peripheral vision is impaired by sagging upper eyelids, health insurance may cover some of the costs associated with eyelid surgery.

Meet The Team

Dr. Thomas M. Hagopian

Dr. Thomas M. Hagopian

Plastic surgery is the perfect field for Dr. Hagopian, who has a knack for fixing things and helping people. He’s a former firefighter/paramedic, and he had a business building highly sought-after custom taillights in medical school. He met his wife, Nurse Hagopian, at Emory University, and they bonded over many shared interests, including a commitment to exceptional patient care.

Meet Dr. Thomas Hagopian Dr. Thomas M. Hagopian is board-certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery
Chelsea O. P. Hagopian

Nurse Chelsea O. P. Hagopian

Nurse Hagopian is an Atlanta native, a self-identified nursing ethics nerd, and an ANCC board-certified adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. She’s passionate about studying informed consent, empowering fellow nurses to use their voices, and collaborating with people in addressing their aesthetic care needs.

Meet Nurse Hagopian

Can Eyelid Surgery Be Combined With Other Procedures?

If you’re considering eyelid surgery to correct sagging skin and wrinkles, you may also benefit from other procedures such as a facelift or neck lift. Dr. Hagopian often combines facial plastic surgery procedures to create facial harmony and produce results that look natural. You may also want to consider combining eyelid surgery with nonsurgical treatments such as dermal fillers or BOTOX® injections.

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?

Upper Blepharoplasty Starts at $3,500

Lower Blepharoplasty Starts at $5,000

The cost of eyelid surgery in Atlanta starts at $3,500 for upper lids and $5,000 for lower lids. Your actual price depends on the extent of the procedure, including if you want to combine upper and lower eyelid surgery and if it is combined with other procedures. Dr. Hagopian customizes each eyelid surgery procedure and provides a personalized pricing estimate as part of your consultation.

What Is Eyelid Surgery Recovery Like?

Whether you have upper or lower eyelid surgery or both, expect swelling, bruising, and some discomfort during your recovery. The healing process varies from patient to patient, but you should plan on taking at least a week off from work after the eyelid surgery. Applying cold compresses and lubricating ointment can help control swelling and discomfort. It’s also important to protect your eyes from sun exposure during recovery.

What Do Eyelid Surgery Scars Look Like?

Because Dr. Hagopian conceals scars within natural creases of the eyelids, the resulting scars should be virtually imperceptible.

Begin Your Journey

If you would like to learn more about whether eyelid surgery is right for you, please request a consultation online or call (404) 885-8542. Our Atlanta office welcomes people interested in eyelid surgery from Inman Park, Druid Hills, Decatur, and throughout Georgia.

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