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Please contact our office at 256-571-VIPS (8477) and any of our team members will be happy to schedule an appointment at a time that is convenient for you.
Yes. Dr. Vinyard accepts a $100 consultation fee that is applied toward the cost of your eyelid surgery.
Dr. Vinyard values the time spent in consultation with each patient and the communication that occurs during your visit here. You can expect that he will spend quite a bit of time with you himself. Initially, you will be greeted with a smile by our receptionist who will offer you the beverage of your choice and provide you with the necessary paperwork to complete. You can now enter your own demographic information and medical health history at the convenience of your own home through our state-of-the-art SAFE Internet-based Patient Portal on our website.Then, you will be escorted upstairs to our new patient floor and into a consultation room. Once there, you will be oriented about your visit with us and escorted to the professional photography suite. There, you will have 2-D and 3-D photos taken. Next, our nurse or patient care coordinator will take your detailed health history. Once she has conveyed this information to Dr. Vinyard, he will then begin the consultation which will consist of an analysis and conversation about your facial aging process and facial structure (paying special attention to the aging around the eyes), a physical exam, and commence with a detailed discussion of your options. During the conversation with Dr. Vinyard, you will be able to see your 3-D image. This is a wonderful communication tool for you and Dr. Vinyard to discuss your about your desires and concerns. Lastly, you will meet with the patient care coordinator who will explain your quote to you. This quote is designed based on the plan that you and Dr. Vinyard have decided upon together.
Please allow for approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours for your blepharoplasty consultation with Dr. Vinyard. This is a vital part of your journey with us and can be considered time that you are dedicating to yourself.
Dr. Vinyard performs eyelid surgeries in his state-of-the-art Cosmetic Surgery Center in Guntersville, Alabama. In addition, he also has hospital privileges at both Marshall Medical Center North near Arab, Alabama and Marshall Medical Center South located in Boaz, Alabama. Therefore, you may choose the location where you would feel the most comfortable.
General anesthesia is usually preferred for an upper or lower eyelid lift (blepharoplasty).
Upper blepharoplasties (upper eyelid lift) usually take about 1 hour to complete and lower blepharoplasties take about 1 hourand 30 minutes to complete. The lower blepharoplasty takes additional time due to the excision of the unwanted fat pads in conjunction with the excision of excess skin. Dr. Vinyard typically does not remove underlying fat in an upper blepharoplasty because it can cause a "hollowed out" appearance later in life. In the rare case of significant upper eyelid fat, he will make an exception.
Yes, upper and lower blepharoplasties can be performed either separately or as a combination procedure. Dr. Vinyard will discuss your options with you and then devise a plan that will provide your best results depending upon the aging around your eye area. Depending upon your desired outcome, you may want to combine these procedures with other surgical or non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures. Commonly, they can be performed in conjunction with one or a combination of the following procedures: mini-facelift (cheek lift), facelift (cheek & neck lift), endoscopic brow lift, traditional brow lift, and micro-liposuction of the jowls and sub-mental (area under the chin) regions.
Yes. You will be able to go home the day of your eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) unless it is performed with another procedure that requires an overnight stay in the hospital or local hotel with our Plastic Surgery Sitter such as a face lift or mini face lift.
You will go home the day of your eyelid surgery unless it is performed with another procedure that requires an overnight stay in the hospital or local hotel with our Plastic Surgery Sitter. An example of this would be the addition of a mini-face lift (cheek lift) or face lift (cheek & neck lift).
The tissues surrounding the eyes are the thinnest on the body. Therefore, they are very susceptible to swelling and bruising. You can diminish the degree and length of time this takes to resolve by following Dr. Vinyard's post-operative instructions with constant application of a cool compress to the eye region for 72 hours after surgery. This will decrease the amount of bruising, as well as, the amount of swelling so that you will experience less irritation and facilitate the healing process.Most people return to sedentary work 1 week after an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty). You will be able to return to non-strenuous activities within one week utilizing a touch of concealer for bruising that may have occurred. However, you will need to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous work. You may also drive at 1 week post-operatively as long as you are not taking any pain medication and your vision is unobstructed. While outside, it will be helpful to wear sunglasses as your eyes will be sensitive to the light. At 4 weeks after your eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) you will be able to return to all activities.
Bruising after a blepharoplasty will usually remain for 10-14 days. Toward the 7th day, most of the bruising can be covered with some concealer. We can suggest some options for concealer during your post op visits.
Swelling after a blepharoplasty is the most obvious during the first week after surgery. The skin around the eyes is very delicate and tends to hold swelling in the tissues. However, you can minimize this by consistently placing cool, moist 4x4 gauze gently over the eyes for the first 72 hours.The majority of the swelling will resolve in 3 weeks, but the amount that persists toward the 3rd week will most likely be perceived by you only. You are examining yourself in the mirror much more closely than others do after your eyelid surgery.
At approximately 6 weeks post upper and/or lower blepharoplasty, you will be very close to what you can expect the final result to look like. We take your first "official" after photos at the 3 month mark then again at 6 months and 1 year.
Dr. Vinyard likes to keep a close watch on his patients. You will see Dr. Vinyard the day following your eyelid lift in the office, at 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year.
The cost involved with a blepharoplasty will be determined once you have consulted with Dr. Vinyard and decided what will be the best single procedure or combination of procedures to provide you with the most refreshed look.
The cost of your eyelid surgery includes Dr. Vinyard's professional fee, anesthesia fee, facility fee and any facial garments. Dr. Vinyard's professional fee includes the initial consultation, pre-operative visit and all post-operative visits associated with the blepharoplasty.
If you are having a lower blepharoplasty with Dr. Vinyard this is always considered a cosmetic procedure. You would be required to pay in full 2 weeks prior to your procedure, with the first 50% being due 1 month in advance. If you are having an upper blepharoplasty that is not covered by insurance the same applies. If, however, you have received a pre-authorization for an upper blepharoplasty from your insurance carrier, then you will be responsible for your co-pays and co-insurance prior to your surgery. Please keep in mind that a pre-authorization from an insurance company for a procedure does not guarantee payment for that procedure. If your insurance carrier denies payment you will be responsible for all fees that apply.
A lower blepharoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure, and therefore is not covered by insurance. The majority of upper blepharoplasties are considered cosmetic as well. However, in some cases an insurance company will allow coverage for an upper blepharoplasty if the patient meets certain criteria. The specific criteria are determined by your insurance policy. Usually, a patient must undergo a visual field test with an Optometrist first and those results are sent to Dr. Vinyard and also to the insurance company. A pre-authorization for an upper eyelid lift is also required prior to surgery. Please keep in mind that a pre-authorization from an insurance company for a procedure does not guarantee payment for that procedure. If your insurance carrier denies payment you will be responsible for all fees that apply.
Yes. Our office participates with the CareCredit program. In addition, seeking advice from your local bank may also be an option for you. We accept the following credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. However, we do not directly finance procedures.