Eyelid Surgery Houston
For many people, the area around your eyes is the first place to show signs of aging. Wrinkles, loose skin, or “bags” under the eyes can give an impression of being tired, sleepy, or old before your time.
Blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) is a procedure in which excess skin is removed from the eyelids to reduce sagging of the upper and lower eyelids, resulting in a more youthful appearance. In cases where sagging skin hangs over the upper eyelids, blepharoplasty improves field of vision.
Sometimes the problems around the eyes may include structures other than skin. Herniation or bulging of fat around the eyes can create sagging, baggy appearance of the lower eyelids. Perhaps the angle of the corners of the eye may sag, causing a tired look as well. These issues may also require alteration as well during a blepharoplasty.
Incisions can be hidden in the upper eyelid crease and inside the lower eyelid. A blepharoplasty typically has very little discomfort and can give your eyes a vibrant, alert, and refreshed appearance that will help you look as good as you feel- no more “rough night?” looks from your friends or co-workers.
As people get older their facial skin begins to lose its young, taut look. This loss of elasticity can cause one’s eyes to appear loose and baggy. If you feel as though your eyelids have too droopy a look to them, or if you are generally unhappy with the aesthetics of your eyes, then the Houston Eyelid Surgeons at Lou Plastic Surgery can help you rejuvenate your appearance. We have dedicated ourselves to helping patients achieve their facial cosmetic goals, and have the proper modern procedures to give you the look you desire.
Contact us today at 713-932-7290 to schedule an initial consultation.
Eyelid surgery is done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia. The process is relatively noninvasive and patients typically see a full recovery after a few weeks. During a blepharoplasty operation, incisions are made where the natural crease should be in the upper lids and below the lash line in the lower lids. This helps mask scarring that may result from the procedure. After the incisions have been made, excess fat and skin are removed.
If only excess fat is present in the lower lids, it may be removed through an incision inside the lower lids with no external incision or scar (transconjunctival blepharoplasty).
Recuperation and Healing
Typically, after an eyelid rejuvenation procedure, all sutures are removed within 7-10 days. Patients will commonly experience some initial mild discomfort, which can easily be controlled through oral medication. Post-operative bruising, swelling, and sensitivity to light will last for at least a week or two. Patients are asked to wear sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen) for several weeks after the procedure.
Patients should avoid the use of makeup around the eyes until after the sutures are removed. Contact lenses can be worn when comfortable (usually within 3-7 days).
Blepharoplasty is a procedure most commonly utilized by people who desire a more youthful and rested appearance of the eyes. This procedure may also widen one’s visual fields if excessive upper lid skin has partially blocked his or her vision. Eyelid operations are not used to remove or erase wrinkle lines. They will, however, soften wrinkle lines.
There are additional procedures that can enhance the results of eyelid surgery. These include forehead lift, face lift, chemical peel, or laser skin resurfacing. Patients may also get lower eyelid lifts if they are unhappy with the excess skin present underneath their eyes.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. Patients should realize that all surgical procedures have some degree of risk and minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications resulting from surgery are rare.
Most insurance providers do not include cosmetic operations such as eyelid surgery in their plans. Occasionally, if surgery is being done to improve the field of vision, insurance may cover upper lid surgery. Otherwise, these procedures are considered cosmetic and the patient is responsible for payment.
Who is a candidate?
Candidates for effective eyelid surgery include individuals who fall into the following categories:
- Those who have excessive, sagging, or wrinkled upper or lower eyelid skin
- Those with excess upper eyelid skin that interferes with vision
- People who have lost their natural upper eyelid crease
- People with puffy pouches of fat in the upper or lower lids that create a tired or aged appearance
If you are unhappy with your eyelid appearance and would like to learn more about what you can do to remedy this situation, the Houston eyelid surgeons at Lou Plastic Surgery can provide you with information on your options. Please contact our office today at 713-932-7290 to schedule a consultation.