Introduction to Eyelid Surgery

Eyelids are some of the most sought-after features for surgery or enhancement in the world. Drooping eyelids and the development of puffy bags under the eyes can be a natural effect of aging. As gravity pulls the skin down, it collects on the upper and lower lids. In some cases, the extra skin can hang over your eyelashes and interfere with sight. Eyelid Surgery in Scottsdale by Dr. Alexander Golger can remove fat, excess skin, and muscle from your lower and upper eyelids, bringing a new look to what people notice the most, the eyes.

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What are the Benefits of Eyelid Surgery?

Our Blepharoplasty Scottsdale patients have been able to enjoy the following benefits from their treatment:

  • A more youthful and rested appearance
  • Boosts your self-confidence
  • Customizable
  • Expanded line of sight for improved vision
  • Enhanced eye shape for a refreshed appearance
  • Fast treatment
  • Improved peripheral vision and field of vision
  • Long-lasting results
  • Makes you look more rested and alert
  • Minimal scarring
  • Quick recovery time

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Blepharoplasty is the surgical rejuvenation of the upper and/or lower eyelids. This can be as simple as removing some extra skin, or more involved with the need to transpose (move) fat, suspend the brow fat pad, and/or support the corner of the eye. The result of a blepharoplasty is a rejuvenated, well-rested, and more awake appearance. Dr. Golger can use Upper Blepharoplasty, Lower Blepharoplasty, or a combination of the two to help you achieve the best appearance.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

The goal of upper lid surgery (upper blepharoplasty) is to reduce the excess hanging skin, thus showing more of the upper eyelid. In some cases, the fat located in the inner corner of the eyelid is also removed. The fat pad of the outer eyebrow can also be subtly suspended to create an additional improvement in the aesthetic of the upper eyelid.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

The goal of lower eyelid surgery (lower blepharoplasty) is to create a smooth transition from the eyelid down into the cheek. Patients often refer to this as their “under-eye bags”. Rather than simply removing the lower lid fat, which can lead to a hollowed-out appearance, Dr. Golger believes in moving this fat down into the groove just below the “eye-bags”. This creates a smoother, more natural appearance of the lower lid.

Who Are The
Best Candidates
For Eyelid Surgery?

Typically, blepharoplasty is performed after 35 years of age or older for men and women, but Dr. Golger will be able to help any patient who needs the procedure. The best candidates for Blepharoplasty in Scottsdale are those who have the following characteristics:

  • Are genetically predisposed to have lower eyelid bags
  • Be in overall good health
  • Maintain realistic expectations for the results of their treatment
  • Want to eliminate excess skin

What’s the First Step?

If you feel like you could benefit from a Blepharoplasty in Scottsdale, your first step should be to contact our office and schedule a consultation. When you come in, you will meet with Dr. Golger and the two of you will discuss your goals, questions you may have, and your eyelids will be examined. He will also ask you questions about your medical history, so it’s very important to be open and honest with him during your consultation since this information will be used to avoid any unnecessary risks and create the best surgical plan for you. Once Dr. Golger makes your plan and you agree with it, our Patient Coordinator will help you set your surgical date and provide you with a list of instructions that you should follow.

What to Expect on the Day of Eyelid Surgery

On the day of your Blepharoplasty, we want all of our patients to feel as comfortable and confident as possible. You usually have just local anesthesia around your eyes and mild sedation during the procedure. To address the upper lids, Dr. Golger cuts along the natural lines of your eyelids, then removes any excess tissue. He uses extremely small stitches to close the incisions. The stitches stay in place for three to six days.

Dr. Golger uses one of two procedures to address the lower eyelids. He may make an incision on your lower eyelid to remove fat. The advantage of this procedure is that the cut will be invisible. Alternatively, he may cut the eyelash area, and this incision fades in a short time.

If both your upper and lower lids are done at the same time, the entire surgery usually takes two hours.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

After your treatment, we will hold you in our recovery room as you come out of sedation. Once Dr. Golger releases you, you will be able to return home. We encourage our patients to have a family member or friend available to give them a ride home as they will have some difficulty seeing because of the swelling.

Your recovery will vary depending on the extent of surgery, but generally, patients can expect to have bruising and swelling around the eyelids that tends to fade over 1 week. A vast majority of patients describe the pain to be very minimal and they take regular Tylenol the day after surgery. The inflammation can often make the eyes watery and as a result somewhat blurry during the first several days. The incision lines are closed with a very thin suture (stitch) that is removed one week after surgery. Patients are asked to keep the incision line clean and apply an antibiotic ointment two to three times daily. These are some of the major post-surgical expectations.

While most patients are advised to take 1 week off after a blepharoplasty, some may return to work after just four days. Those that work from home may even be able to resume work on day 2, providing that they take frequent breaks, avoid eye strain, and follow all instructions.

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How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost in Scottsdale, AZ?

The cost of Eyelid Surgery in Scottsdale varies from patient to patient and depends on their individual needs. Dr. Golger will develop a specialized treatment plan to accommodate your unique aesthetic goals and discuss the associated costs.

Why Choose Dr. Golger?

Dr. Alexander Golger, B.Ed., MD, FRCS(C), is a gifted Scottsdale plastic surgeon who has completed many years of advanced training at prestigious universities and hospitals. Dr. Golger graduated with his medical degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and continued to complete a five-year medical residency at the highly recognized Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Toronto. He has been featured in several interviews with Elevate Magazine and has published numerous articles in leading medical journals. Dr. Golger strives to create an atmosphere of trust and relaxation in which his patients feel free to openly discuss their aesthetic vision. Using the information collected during your consultation, he will create your individualized treatment plan that precisely addresses your “trouble zones” while emphasizing their natural beauty.

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It’s not always easy to see, but sometimes, a little bit of cosmetic surgery can go a very long way. If you believe you could benefit from eyelid surgery in Scottsdale, AZ, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule your consultation with Dr. Golger. He will be able to help you achieve your best appearance and an even more enjoyable lifestyle. Contact us today by giving us a call or using the website to request your appointment.

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My experience with Dr. Golger, and his team was a dream! From the consultation to the post-op follow up appointments, they treated me with genuine warmth and care. I am extremely happy with my results, and the healing process was absolutely seamless.

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Dr. Golger is a phenomenal surgeon!! I can't recommend him enough. He flawlessly performed my breast reduction and lift in June 2022 then performed my breast reconstruction immediately after having my cancer prevention mastectomy done.

Very Ethical

Very ethical Dr he was kind patient and understanding. He took his time to explain the procedure. I decided to go back to my original Dr and Dr Golger refunded my deposit without any issues as promised. I highly recommend Dr Golger. Thanks to Valerie for her exceptional customer service


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