Eyelid Surgery Austin

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Expert Hands by Dr. Erella

If you’ve been told that you look tired or feel that you look older than your years, it may be time to consider an eyelid lift
by Dr. Venkata Erella. As a highly skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Erella prioritizes a patient-first approach 
to care. This, combined with his proficiency in performing eyelid surgery, makes him one of the top plastic surgeons in Austin, TX.

Read on to learn more about eyelid surgery in Austin, and feel free to reach out to Dr. Erella with any questions or concerns 
by calling (512) 730-3885 or scheduling a consultation.

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Blepharoplasty, often known as eyelid surgery, is a facial plastic surgery that focuses on improving the aesthetics of the upper and lower eyelids. This procedure can be carried out on either the upper or lower eyelids, or both, with the goal of revitalizing the area around the eyes.

The primary goal of eyelid surgery Austin is to reposition or remove excess fat, skin, and muscle from the eyelids, ultimately achieving a rejuvenated and youthful look. The blepharoplasty procedure can also address concerns such as puffiness, bags under the eyes, drooping eyelids, and excess skin that can impair vision.

Types of Eyelid Surgery Procedures
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Upper Eyelid Lift

An upper eyelid lift removes excess skin and tissue through an incision hidden within the upper eyelid’s natural fold. In this outpatient procedure, Dr. Erella:

Incredibly, this procedure can reverse the aging process by ten years when administered by a board-certified professional like Dr. Erella. Because Dr. Erella creates the incisions in the small creases of the upper eyelids, scarring from this procedure should be virtually invisible.

Lower Eyelid Lift

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty surgery is designed for patients looking to reduce bagginess, loose skin, and puffiness under their eyes to achieve a firmer and more refreshed appearance.

The procedure involves:

With only small incisions below the lower eyelashes, any remaining scarring should be virtually invisible once you have healed.

Both upper and lower eyelid lifts can be done at the same time as an outpatient surgery. This facial plastic surgery can be performed as an awake surgery in the office under local anesthesia.

Eyelid Lift Combined With Brow Lift

For patients looking for a significant enhancement in both the eyelid and brow areas, Dr. Erella can also pair eyelid lifting and forehead/brow lifting in a single procedure.

This double procedure offers:

If you think that a combination of these procedures will work best for your situation, please feel free to ask Dr. Erella for more information during your consultation

Upper Eyelid Lift

An upper eyelid lift removes excess skin and tissue through an incision hidden within the upper eyelid’s natural fold.
In this outpatient procedure, Dr. Erella:

Incredibly, this procedure can reverse the aging process by ten years when administered by a board-certified professional like Dr. Erella. Because Dr. Erella creates the incisions in the small creases of the upper eyelids, scarring from this procedure should be virtually invisible.

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty surgery is designed for patients looking to reduce bagginess, loose skin, and puffiness under their eyes to achieve a firmer and more refreshed appearance.

The procedure involves:

With only small incisions below the lower eyelashes, any remaining scarring should be virtually invisible once you have healed. Both upper and lower eyelid lifts can be done at the same time as an outpatient surgery. This facial plastic surgery can be performed as an awake surgery in the office under local anesthesia. 
For patients looking for a significant enhancement in both the eyelid and brow areas, Dr. Erella can also pair eyelid lifting and forehead/brow lifting in a single procedure. This double procedure offers:
If you think that a combination of these procedures will work best for your situation, please feel free to ask Dr. Erella for more information during your consultation

Determining Candidacy

for Blepharoplasty Surgery

When considering upper and lower eyelids surgery, it is crucial to assess whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Characteristics of an ideal candidate include:
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Excess or sagging skin on the upper eyelids may impair vision or contribute 
to a tired or aged appearance
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Puffiness or bags under 
the eyes that create a tired 
or aged look
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Having realistic expectations regarding the eyelid surgery results and being 
in good general health
Factors that may affect your suitability for the blepharoplasty procedure include:
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Age

While there is no specific age requirement for blepharoplasty, older patients may have medical conditions that could affect their candidacy.
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Medical history

Certain medical conditions, such as thyroid disorders or dry eye, may affect your suitability 
for the surgical procedure.
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Eye health

It is vital to have healthy eyes free from conditions such as glaucoma or retinal detachment.

Preparing 
for Eyelid Surgery

Once you’ve decided to proceed with blepharoplasty, preparation is key. Start by scheduling an eyelid surgery consultation with Dr. Erella to clarify your goals and expectations. A physical examination and potentially some lab tests will confirm your suitability for surgery. Be sure to discuss your medical history and any medications you’re taking with Dr. Erella. Follow any pre-operative instructions provided by Dr. Erella, including adjustments to your medication regimen. Finally, make arrangements for a friend or family member to drive you home post-surgery and assist with your recovery.

The Eyelid Surgery Procedure

The blepharoplasty or eyelid procedure can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids, or both and aims to rejuvenate the area surrounding the eyes. Here’s what you need to know about the eyelid surgery procedure:

Incision Techniques

The incision techniques for upper and lower eyelid surgery are carefully chosen 
to address the specific concerns of the patient while minimizing visible scarring. 
For upper eyelid surgery, the fine incision is typically made along the eyelid’s natural crease, allowing for the removal or repositioning of sagging skin, excess fat, and muscle. In the case of lower blepharoplasty surgery, Dr. Erella may opt to make the incision just below the inside of the eyelid or lash line, depending on the patient’s anatomy and the desired outcome.
The chosen incision technique will be discussed in detail during the consultation, ensuring that the patient is fully informed and comfortable with the approach.

Removal of Excess Skin, Fat, and Muscle

After making the necessary incisions, Dr. Erella will remove or reposition excess fat, skin, and muscle from the eyelid area. This process is meticulously carried out with the aim of achieving a more youthful and refreshed appearance for the patient. The extent to which tissue is removed or repositioned will vary from patient to patient, as it depends on the individual’s unique needs and desired outcomes.
Dr. Erella will utilize his expertise to ensure that the right amount of tissue 
is addressed, ultimately enhancing the overall aesthetic of the eyes.

Suturing and Closing the Incisions

Once Dr. Erella has completed the removal or repositioning of excess tissue, the next step is to close the incisions meticulously. This is done using very fine sutures to ensure proper healing and minimal scarring. Typically, the sutures will be removed within a week following the surgery. However, in some cases, Dr. Erella may use dissolvable sutures, which naturally dissolve over time, eliminating the need for suture removal.
The type of sutures used will depend on Dr. Erella’s preference and the specific requirements of the procedure.
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Variations of the Procedure
Based on Individual Needs

Blepharoplasty surgery is a highly versatile procedure that can be customized 
to address the desired outcomes and unique needs of each patient. The specific technique employed by Dr. Erella will depend on the patient’s anatomy and the particular concerns they wish to address.

In some cases, patients may opt for additional procedures, such as a brow lift, 
to further enhance the results and achieve a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. During the consultation, Dr. Erella will discuss the various options available and recommend the best approach to meet the patient’s needs and expectations, guaranteeing that they are thoroughly informed and at ease with the proposed treatment plan.

Recovery and Aftercare

Recovering from eyelid lift surgery, whether it’s an upper or lower eyelid lift, requires careful attention to Dr. Erella’s post-operative instructions to ensure optimal results.

For Upper Eyelid Surgery

Swelling and bruising are common side effects following blepharoplasty surgery, but they should significantly improve within a week. Many patients are delighted to notice immediate results, with the areas around their eyes appearing smoother and more rested, contributing to a rejuvenated overall facial appearance.Most patients feel comfortable returning to work approximately a week after the procedure. For those who need to venture out in public during the initial recovery period, sunglasses can provide an effective means of concealing the treated area.

Patients typically experience minimal discomfort after eyelid surgery and are usually released to go home with a family member following the procedure. Over the next week, any bruising and swelling should gradually reduce. It is common for vision to be slightly blurred due to the antibiotic ointment applied and the swelling; therefore, it is recommended to avoid driving for the first several days post-surgery.

While pain medication may be necessary during the first day at home, most patients find that they do not require it after that. Diligent use of ice packs is advised over the first two days, followed by as-needed use over the subsequent few days to help minimize swelling and promote a smoother recovery.

For all eyelid lift surgeries, it is crucial to avoid strenuous activity for at least the first two weeks post-surgery. Engaging in vigorous activities can lead to complications such as bleeding, prolonged swelling, complications with sutures, or even infection. It is also normal to experience a temporary pulled or tight sensation in the outer corners of your eyelids. This feeling should subside within the first few weeks as the healing progresses. While a significant portion of the healing occurs within the first two to three weeks, the final results of the surgery will become fully apparent approximately 2-3 months post-surgery.

Aftercare is a crucial aspect of the recovery process following eyelid surgery Austin. It is essential to diligently follow Dr. Erella’s post-operative instructions to ensure optimal eyelid healing. Take any prescribed oral medications as directed to manage pain and prevent infection.

Utilize cold compresses to help reduce swelling and bruising around the eye area. Make sure to keep your head elevated, especially when sleeping, to minimize swelling. To prevent irritation or infection, do not touch or rub your eyes. It is essential to shield your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses and using sunscreen to assist in the healing process,

Lastly, attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with Dr. Erella to monitor your progress and address any concerns or questions you may have.

Cost of Eyelid Surgery in Austin, TX

In Austin, TX, the upper eyelid lift or upper blepharoplasty cost can range from $2,000 to $4,000, whereas for a lower eyelid lift or lower blepharoplasty cost can range from $2,500 to $5,000. It is important to note that the quoted cost may not include other associated expenses, such as anesthesia fees, facility fees, and post-surgery care. Additionally, post-surgery care expenses, such as prescription medications, follow-up appointments, and any necessary medical supplies, should also be taken into consideration when calculating the total cost of the procedure.

It is recommended to consult with our plastic surgeon, Dr. Erella, to get a more accurate estimate of the cost for your specific case. During the consultation, Dr. Erella will be able to assess your individual needs and provide you with a detailed quote for the procedure. Dr. Erella’s expertise and experience will also allow you to have a clear understanding of the procedure, the expected outcomes, and any potential risks or complications.

Your Eyelid Lift with Dr. Venkata Erella

If you have any questions regarding any aspect of blepharoplasty in Austin, TX, and would like to speak with Dr. Erella, please call (512) 730-3885 to schedule a consultation. We are based in Austin and serve the communities of Lakeway, Bee Cave, and other nearby Texas towns.

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Austin Eyelid Lift FAQs

How do I know if I qualify for eyelid lift surgery in Austin, TX?

  • Your upper eyelids droop and hang over your eyes
  • Your lower eyelids droop, or you have undereye bags
  • You have wrinkles or excessive amounts of skin in the lower eyelids
  • You have excess skin on your upper eyelids, which impairs your vision
In upper blepharoplasty, Dr. Erella makes an incision across the lid. In the lower eyelid lift, the incision is made just beneath the eyelashes. Excess skin and fat are removed in both cases, and droopy eyelids are corrected.
The incisions are not visible because they are carefully hidden in the eyelids’ natural folds or just under the lower eyelash line. After they heal, these incisions are almost always undetectable.
It is recommended that you wait two weeks before wearing contact lenses, even if your eyes begin feeling better. In the meantime, you can wear glasses.
An eyelid lift procedure typically takes between one and two hours to complete.
The recovery time ranges from one to two weeks. While you may experience some swelling and bruising, there should be minimal discomfort. You can reduce swelling by applying cold compresses and keeping your head elevated. Sutures are removed within one week, and you can apply makeup afterward.
Due to conjunctival swelling and the use of the eye lubricants provided, your vision may blur after surgery. This typically subsides entirely in a few days.
You can expect to notice immediate improvements after your surgery. However, the final results will be apparent in about four weeks once the swelling has completely subsided. Many patients can return to work after a week.
While eyelid surgery results are long-lasting, your eye skin and muscles will still be subject to the effects of sunlight, the environment, and the natural aging process. You may need an additional surgery much later on.
Prolonged swelling after lower blepharoplasty can be minimized by following your surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully, keeping your head elevated, using cold compresses, and avoiding strenuous activities. If the swelling persists, it’s essential to consult with your plastic surgeon to rule out any complications.
It’s normal to experience tightness in the eyes after blepharoplasty, and this sensation typically lasts for 1-2 weeks as the tissues heal. The tightness will gradually subside as the swelling decreases and the incisions heal.

It would be best to not drive for at least 24-48 hours after surgery. The anesthesia and pain medications used during eyelid surgery may impair your ability to drive safely. Additionally, your vision may be temporarily affected by swelling and bruising. It’s important to arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure and to assist you with transportation until you are cleared to drive by your surgeon.