For a variety of reasons, including the natural process of aging, and even heredity, the skin of the upper and lower eyes can become loose and inelastic. In the upper eyes, this can ultimately exhibit a wrinkled appearance, and even influence your vision. In the lower eyes, loose skin can look puffy or “baggy,” typically resulting from a protrusion of excess fat in the area.
Eyelid surgery is basically a way of reducing the excess fat and skin and giving the area a skin lift, pulling the remaining skin taut and smoothing it out so that your eyes look rested, refreshed, and youthful. Eyelid surgery is a very popular cosmetic surgery procedure and can be even more effective when combined with a brow lift to rejuvenate the entire area of the upper face.
Who Can Benefit from Blepharoplasty Surgery?
Upper Eyelid Skin
Individuals who have excess, hanging skin that covers the natural fold of the upper eyelids can often benefit from eyelid surgery. Sometimes, this excess eyelid skin can also impact your line of vision.
Lower Eyelid Skin
Individuals who have loose skin hanging from the lower eyelids can often benefit from eyelid surgery.
Grooves Under Eyes
Deep grooves and puffiness under the eyes that make individuals appear tired and aged can be corrected with eyelid surgery.
Upper eyelid surgery addresses sagging, loose skin in the upper eyelid regions that may be giving you a tired appearance or is affecting your vision. Dr. Erella will remove the excess skin and tighten the remainder, smoothing out and rejuvenating the upper eyelid area. Scarring from this procedure should be virtually invisible, as the incisions are made in the small creases of the upper eyelids.
Upper eyelid surgery typically takes about one to two hours to complete and can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Lower eyelid surgery is designed to reduce bagginess under the eyes and give these areas a firmer and more refreshed appearance. Dr. Erella will remove inelastic skin and re-drape fat in the area and then reshape the remaining skin to give it a smoother and more youthful look. Since only very small incisions are made under the lower eyelashes, any residual scarring should be virtually invisible.
Swelling and bruising are common and will get better within 5-7 days. Individual results will vary, but many patients notice immediate results after eyelid surgery; however, it may take a few weeks for the long-term results to be apparent. Ultimately, the smoother and more rested appearance of the areas around your eyes can have a positive aesthetic effect on your entire face.
Blepharoplasty scars are created inconspicuously in the natural folds of your eyelids, so scarring is barely visible when incisions are completely healed.
The cost of blepharoplasty will vary depending on the surgical technique, the extensiveness of the procedure, and desired outcomes. Cost details can be discussed with Dr. Erella during your consultation.
Following blepharoplasty surgery, the use of pain medication and ice packs can help to reduce any discomfort. Most patients can return to everyday activities about 7-10 days after surgery.
If you would like more information on eyelid surgery, please schedule a complimentary consultation by contacting Aspira Plastic Surgery online or by calling (512) 593-7699 today. Dr. Erella performs blepharoplasty for patients throughout the Austin area, including Texas towns like Round Rock, Lakeway, and more.
Blepharoplasty Frequently Asked Questions
Can eyelid surgery take care of dark circles?
No, the dark circles under the eye are due to a discoloration of the skin or under the skin showing through the thin layer of undereye skin.
How do I know if I need a brow lift or eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery is indicated to reduce the sagging from the upper eyelids. While this gives a lifting effect if the sagging is coming from a drooping brow and you would need to lift the brow to address that.
How long does the eyelid lift procedure take?
An eyelid procedure typically takes between one and two hours to complete.