Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that can improve the appearance and functionality of the eyelids. It can reduce sagging, wrinkles, and a tired look in the eyelids.
At Kronowitz Plastic Surgery, we offer eyelid surgery in Houston, Kingwood, The Woodlands, and Cypress. Our resident surgeon, Dr. Steven J. Kronowitz, dedicates his life to making his patients more beautiful and confident in themselves. For more information, call (713) 523-0300 or fill out this form.
- 1 About Eyelid Surgery
- 2 Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
- 3 Who is a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
- 4 Personal Consultation
- 5 Preparation
- 6 Eyelid Surgery Procedure
- 7 Recovery
- 8 Results
- 9 Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
- 10 How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost in Houston?
- 11 FAQ
- 12 References
About Eyelid Surgery
Signs of aging often develop around the eyes earlier than they do on other facial regions. This is because the skin around the eyes is comparatively thin and is disproportionately affected by constant blinking and facial expression. Fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin, and sagging fatty deposits increase the signs of old age on the face and can contribute to a tired or angry appearance. (1) Luckily, eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, addresses aging on the upper and lower eyelids.
Eyelid surgery involves a surgeon making incisions in discrete areas around the eyelids, like in the deep crease above the eyes and inside the lower eyelid, to minimize visible scarring. They remove excess skin and fatty deposits, then close up the incisions in a tighter formation. The result is revitalized eyelids that contribute to a more youthful appearance. (2)
Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery can treat many of the unfortunate effects that aging can have on the eyelids. These include:
- Loose skin on the upper eyelids
- Drooping lower eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Excess fatty deposits and puffiness below the eye
- Crow’s feet
- Fine lines or wrinkles surrounding the eyes
Eyelid surgery can improve your field of vision if your upper eyelids droop. It can make you appear more alert and attentive in social interactions. Smoothing and tightening your eyelids can also give you a more youthful appearance. It can improve your self-confidence knowing that you look younger and more beautiful. It can also make applying makeup and controlling your appearance easier, as there will be less excess skin to work around.
Who is a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Good candidates for eyelid surgery are unhappy with the loose skin, puffiness, and wrinkles around their eyes. They’re tired of the way their eyelids impair their vision, make them appear older than they are, and prevent them from expressing a wide array of emotions. If you can relate to this, eyelid surgery might be a good option for you.
An ideal candidate for eyelid surgery will be in good health. You should not have any serious eye conditions, as these can lead to complications. You should also have a positive outlook and realistic expectations about what eyelid surgery can do for you. Enhancing the beauty of your eyelids will have a positive impact on your overall appearance, but many other factors determine beauty. You can receive additional cosmetic treatments that address other areas of the face and body to diversify your beauty journey.
We require that you schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Kronowitz before your eyelid surgery. During this one-on-one consultation, Dr. Kronowitz will:
- Discuss your surgical goals and expectations
- Evaluate your current regimen of medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, and tobacco use, and advise you on how to alter your practices before surgery
- Take photos of the treatment area
- Develop an individualized surgical plan
We will provide you with personalized instructions to help make your treatment as safe and successful as possible. These will be based on your medical history and the results of the tests we run. We may ask that you stop or start taking specific medications. Generally speaking, you should avoid anti-inflammatory medications, certain herbal supplements, and any other substances that act as blood thinners. Blood-thinning substances can cause excess bleeding during surgery. Avoid excess sunlight as your surgery draws near, as sunburn can make your eyelids too sensitive for a comfortable procedure. You should also quit smoking for several weeks before and after your surgery. The effects of smoking can have undesirable effects on your ability to heal and recover. Arrange for a trusted family member or friend to pick you up from our facilities after your procedure.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
We typically perform eyelid surgery as an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day as your surgery. When the day comes for your treatment, we will administer general anesthesia to ensure that you have a comfortable treatment experience. If you prefer a less intensive form of sedation, we can discuss your options beforehand. We provide upper, lower, and combined eyelid surgeries, depending on your aesthetic needs.
Upper blepharoplasty involves a surgeon making incisions in the crease of the upper eyelid—this allows for the resulting scar to be completely hidden when the eye is open. They remove or reposition fat pockets in the upper eyelid region and trim excess skin along the incision line.
Lower blepharoplasty involves a surgeon making incisions just below the lower lash line. They remove or redistribute fat pockets that contribute to under-eye bags and trim excess skin.
When we are finished with your surgery, we will close your incisions with removal sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape. We will take you to a recovery room where we will monitor you as you recover from your treatment. When you are ready, you may go home.
As you rest and recover from your eyelid surgery, we recommend finding someone who can watch over you and help you around the house. Your treatment area may be sore, bruised, and swollen, and you may have difficulty opening your eyes. We recommend oral pain medication, cold compresses, and lubricating ointment to alleviate your symptoms and help with your recovery.
Dr Kronowitz will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your eyes during this time. Most patients return to work and normal activities within one to two weeks. Your eyes will still be bruised and swollen, but makeup can help conceal these symptoms. Be sure to avoid strenuous exercise and activity for four to six weeks.
The results of your eyelid surgery will develop gradually as the bruising and swelling subside. This usually takes a few weeks, but some residual swelling may persist for six months, and scars may take up to one year to fully refine.
As the bruising and swelling disappear, you will start to see a smoother, more alert, and defined eye region. While your eyelid surgery results are long-lasting, this surgery does not stop the natural aging process, and the appearance of your eyes will continue to change. You can help slow the progression of aging by staying out of the sun, eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated, and moisturizing your skin.
Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
Eyelid surgery addresses the upper and lower eyelids, but it does not treat any other region of the face. We offer additional procedures that can correspond with and complement your treatment.
A brow lift can address facial aging above the eyes. It involves making incisions near the hairline to tighten the skin on the forehead and remove skin that weighs down the eyebrows. Excess weight on the eyebrows can make sagging in the upper eyelids worse. You can combine your eyelid surgery with a brow lift to further improve your results.
A facelift can target facial aging below the eyes. It involves making discreet incisions around the face to remove excess skin, tissue, and fat. This can reduce sagging, wrinkles, fine lines, jowling, and double chins. A facelift can help further the aesthetic enhancement of an eyelid surgery.
Fat Transfer to the Face
Facial fat transfer can increase facial volume in the areas that need it. As you age, your face can lose volume and begin to appear less youthful. Increasing volume in key areas, like the cheeks, can restore a softer, more youthful appearance. It involves a surgeon using liposuction to remove excess fat from certain areas of the body and injecting it into the face where extra volume is needed. A fat transfer to the face can add to the revitalizing effects of an eyelid surgery.
To learn about the other procedures we offer here at Kronowitz Plastic Surgery, visit our blog.
How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost in Houston?
Eyelid surgery is tailored to the patient. Therefore, it is difficult to estimate the price until after your consultation. We will provide you with an accurate cost estimate of your eyelid surgery during your consultation. To find out more about how much eyelid surgery costs at Kronowitz Plastic Surgery in Houston, Kingwood, The Woodlands, or Cypress, call (713) 523-0300 or contact us online.
Does blepharoplasty fix droopy eyelids?
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is an effective solution for addressing droopy eyelids. This procedure aims to correct the appearance of sagging eyelids by removing excess skin and fat pockets. By rejuvenating the upper and lower eyelids, blepharoplasty can provide a more youthful and refreshed look.
When is the ideal age to consider blepharoplasty?
The ideal age for considering blepharoplasty varies from person to person, as it depends on individual factors such as genetics, lifestyle, and personal goals. While there is no specific age requirement, most patients seeking blepharoplasty are typically in their 40s or older. However, younger individuals with hereditary eyelid concerns may also benefit from this procedure.
How long does eyelid surgery take to complete?
Eyelid surgery usually takes one to two hours, depending on the complexity of the individual procedure.
Does eyelid surgery leave visible scarring?
Eyelid surgery does leave visible scarring, though it is essentially unnoticeable. The locations are discrete and efficiently hide the scars.