Blepharoplasty

John David Mullins, MD, FACS -  - Plastic Surgeon

John David Mullins, MD, FACS

Plastic Surgeon & Aesthetic Surgeon located in Atlanta, GA

Sagging eyelids, bags under your eyes, and wrinkles can add years to your appearance. An eye lift, or blepharoplasty, lifts and smoothes your eyelid area to improve the appearance of sagging skin. John David Mullins, MD PC, has decades of experience performing blepharoplasty that leaves your eyes looking naturally more youthful and upbeat. To learn more about blepharoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mullins at his Atlanta, Georgia, office on the campus of Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. Call the office or request an appointment online today.

Blepharoplasty Q & A

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that addresses cosmetic concerns around the eyes. Sometimes called an eye lift, blepharoplasty involves repositioning tissue and lifting skin to reduce the tired, saggy look of the upper eyelid and eyebrow. This smoothes and lifts your skin and leaves you with a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.

Why is blepharoplasty performed?

Blepharoplasty corrects a variety of common aesthetic concerns that occur around the eyes due to age, injury, or genetics. The procedure also addresses eyelid irregularities that interfere with vision. 

Some of the most common reasons patients choose to have blepharoplasty include:

  • Puffiness
  • Wrinkles
  • Sagging eyelids
  • Hooded eyes
  • Asymmetry

Dr. Mullins combines expertise and artistry to deliver natural results that never look “done.” After your blepharoplasty, your eye area appears smoother and more open, and your expression appears younger and more pleasant.

How is blepharoplasty surgery performed?

If you have an eyelid lift as a stand-alone procedure, Dr. Mullins performs the surgery as an outpatient procedure. Because he uses a local anesthetic and mild sedation to keep you comfortable and calm during the surgery, you’ll need to have someone drive you home after your blepharoplasty procedure.

Dr. Mullins begins by making very small incisions along the natural curve of your eyelid, next to the eyelash line. He then inserts tiny surgical tools through these incisions to remove excess tissue and tighten the muscle. He also tightens or removes excess skin, then closes the incisions with dissolving sutures. 

How long does recovery from blepharoplasty take?

Blepharoplasty recovery usually takes about two weeks. In the first few days, you can expect to have bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Dr. Mullins gives you detailed instructions for at-home care, pain medication, and antibiotics. Be sure to follow these instructions carefully to ensure that you heal properly after your surgery.

You can return to work and most activities about five days after your procedure. However, Dr. Mullins may restrict you from strenuous activities or exercise for a few more weeks. 

Your appearance should look reasonably normal within 10-14 days, but it can take several weeks for the scars from your incisions to completely fade. At that time, you can fully enjoy the impressive rejuvenating results of your blepharoplasty.

To smooth and lift droopy eyelids or banish wrinkles, schedule a consultation with John David Mullins, MD PC. Call the office or request an appointment online today.