Signs of aging often develop around the eyes earlier than they do on other facial regions. This is because the skin is notably thin and receives repeated trauma in the way of blinking and facial expressions.
Fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin, and sagging fatty deposits age your face and contribute to a tired or angry appearance. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, addresses aging on the upper and lower eyelids.
- 1 Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
- 2 Eyelid Surgery Benefits
- 3 About Eyelid Surgery
- 4 Preparation for Eyelid Surgery
- 5 Procedure
- 6 Complementary Procedures with a Brow Lift or Facelift
- 7 Recovering from Eyelid Surgery
- 8 Results
- 9 How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost in Houston, TX?
- 10 More Information
Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
Women who are good candidates for eyelid surgery are unhappy with the loose skin, puffiness, and wrinkles around the eye that can impair their vision, make them appear older than they are, or prevent them from expressing a wide array of emotions.
Candidates for eyelid surgery do not smoke, do not have serious eye conditions, do not have life threatening illnesses or medical conditions that can impair healing, have a positive outlook, and have realistic expectations about the procedure.
Eyelid Surgery Benefits
Eyelid surgery is beneficial for women with:
- Loose skin on the upper eyelid
- 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
About Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery restores youthfulness to the eye region. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
Preparation for Eyelid Surgery
A consultation with Dr. Kronowitz is required before your eyelid surgery. During this one-on-one consultation, Dr. Kronowitz will:
- Discuss your surgical goals and expectations
- Evaluate your current medications, vitamins, herbal supplement, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use, and advise you on how to alter your practices before surgery
- Take photos of the treatment area
- Develop a surgical plan
Incisions for upper blepharoplasty are made in the crease of the upper eyelid—this allows for the resulting scar to be completely hidden when the eye is open. Fat pockets in the upper eyelid region are removed or repositioned, and excess is skin is trimmed along the incision line. The incision is closed with removal sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape.
Incisions for lower blepharoplasty are made just below the lower lash line. Fat pockets that contribute to under-eye bags are removed or redistributed, and excess skin is trimmed. The incision is closed with removal sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape.
Complementary Procedures with a Brow Lift or Facelift
Eyelid surgery addresses the upper and lower eyelids, but it does not treat any other region of the face. Some patients choose to combine their eyelid surgery with a brow lift to address facial aging above the eyes, facelift surgery to target facial aging below the eyes, or fat transfer to the face to increase facial volume. Combining procedures like brow lift or facelift will maintain balance across your facial features.
Recovering from Eyelid Surgery
Your eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, and you can return home shortly after your procedure. You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first few days to help with household chores and day-to-day activities.
Your eyes and your eye area will be sore, bruised, and swollen, and you may have difficulty opening your eyes. Oral pain medication, cold compresses, and lubricating ointment are recommended during this time to 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 their normal activities within one to two weeks. Your eyes will still be bruised and swollen, but makeup can be worn to help conceal these. Strenuous exercise and activity should be avoided 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 your eyes will continue to age naturally. You can help slow the progression of aging by staying out of the sun, eating a healthy diet, hydrating, and moisturizing the skin.
How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost in Houston, TX?
Eyelid surgery is tailored to the patient; therefore, it is difficult to estimate the price until after your consultation. Eyelid surgery with Dr. Kronowitz may vary significantly once the required techniques, anesthesia fees, facility fees, and any combination procedures are included.
Dr. Kronowitz will provide you with an accurate cost estimate of your eyelid surgery during your consultation.