Eyelid Surgery in Houston, TX
Over time, our eyelids are often the first physical feature to show signs of aging. The skin begins to droop and look puffy, which can cause us to look tired or angry. When excess skin starts to develop along the eyelids, this can also be an issue as it blocks our field of vision. Fortunately, patients wanting to address these issues and regain their youth can opt for plastic surgery. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat deposits to achieve a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Am I a Candidate for an Eyelid Lift?
Those who wish to achieve one or more of the following cosmetic objectives may be an ideal candidate for blepharoplasty:
Remove bags and puffiness along the lower eyelid
Restore a more refreshed and rejuvenated look to the eyes
Correct vision impairment caused by sagging in the upper eyelids
Eliminate wrinkles on the upper and lower eyelid
Restore a more youthful and rested appearance
What Is the Eyelid Surgery Procedure Like?
Blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia and can target the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. This procedure can take approximately one to two hours to complete. During your consultation, Dr. Patronella will examine the condition of your eyelids to determine the best technique for your procedure.
Incisions will be made in the creases of the upper eyelids and close to the lash line just beneath the eyes to conceal any scarring. The muscles are then tightened while excess skin tissue and fat are removed. Stitches are used to close the incisions.
What Can I Expect With My Blepharoplasty Recovery?
Swelling, bruising, and discomfort may occur but should subside after a few days. Pain medication or cold compresses can be used to reduce any pain or swelling. Most patients are able to return to work between five and seven days after surgery.
What Are Some Frequently Asked Questions About Blepharoplasty?
Will blepharoplasty help my vision?
Blepharoplasty does not address the eyes directly; instead, it corrects the eyelids and the skin surrounding the eyes. However, droopy or hooded upper eyelids can impair your vision (especially your peripheral vision). If this is the case for you, then yes, blepharoplasty will correct the hanging skin which can obstruct vision.
Is there any pain during blepharoplasty surgery?
You will be given general anesthesia before the procedure so that you will not feel any pain or discomfort during your eyelid surgery. You may have some soreness in the days following your blepharoplasty, but medication can be taken to alleviate any pain you may have. You can expect to experience some temporary sensitivity to light, and it is common for your eyes to water. Cold compresses and specific ointments may be recommended to aid your recovery.
Can I combine my blepharoplasty with other procedures?
Absolutely. Many patients choose to combine their blepharoplasty with any number of the following procedures:
- Brow lift surgery: to lift and address sagging brows and forehead laxity
- True Form Facelift® surgery: to reduce signs of aging on the mid-face and lower face
- Rhinoplasty (nose surgery): to refine or augment the nasal structure
- Liposuction (of the neck): to reduce or eliminate submental fat (double chin)
- Neck lift surgery: to reduce excess skin and vertical banding in the neck
How long will my recovery period be?
Recovery times vary with each patient, though many men and women fully recover after one month. After one or two weeks, you should be able to resume most of your normal daily activities.
Does health insurance cover blepharoplasty?
Generally speaking, blepharoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. While rare, health insurance may cover the procedure if there is a medical concern that blepharoplasty can address.
Will there be any scars?
Since blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure, there will be scars. However, due to the placement of the incisions along the natural creases and folds of the skin, there should be minimal, if any, visible scarring.
How long does the procedure take to perform?
It generally takes about one to two hours to complete blepharoplasty surgery. This may vary if a patient is only undergoing upper blepharoplasty or lower blepharoplasty.
Are my results permanent?
Blepharoplasty results are long lasting and can be permanent. Your results can be prolonged with a healthy lifestyle, which includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, and a good skincare routine.
Eyelid surgery does not stop the natural aging process, and you will inevitably develop additional laxity over time; however, your results will not be undone.