Eyelid Surgery in Dallas and Allen, TX
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, which removes excess skin of the upper eyelids and the bags under the eyes, goes a long way to make one look younger.
Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty is ideal for patients with overhanging upper eyelids and heavy bags or puffiness under the eyes. Some patients may complain about heavy eyelids that obstruct their upper visual field.
If the skin around your eyes is loose, resulting in droopy eyelids, or has excess fatty tissue, you may be an ideal candidate for the procedure.
How Is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
Eye contact is a unique and important aspect of everyday personal communication, intimate conversations, and business discussions. In our daily interpersonal encounters, our eyes and the surrounding mid-face area often give the viewer an impression of our overall appearance.
Changes in the eyelids usually are the first sign of aging, which includes skin excess in the upper eyelids, fullness in the lower eyelids, and wrinkling of the skin lateral to the eye (crow’s-feet). Therefore, it is logical that one of the most frequent and earliest sought-after cosmetic procedures is eyelid surgery.
Also known as blepharoplasty (“bleph” meaning eyelid and “plasty” for the change in shape) or an “eyelid lift,” this surgical procedure is usually done under local anesthesia with twilight sleep to reverse these aging changes in one’s appearance. It is a very effective surgery and is performed on both men and women.
Due to the thinness and abundant blood supply of the eyelid skin, healing is relatively fast, and scars are barely (if at all) visible. When indicated, incisions can be concealed within the eyelid.
This surgery involves various approaches to the peri-orbital fat (puffiness) and depression or absence of fat along the rim of the eye socket. Fat removal, relocation, and transfer are techniques that can rejuvenate the eyelid appearance.
Important Considerations for Patients
Eyelid surgery is one of the most frequent cosmetic surgical procedures. However, it is important to select a surgeon who is qualified to perform this type of surgery. Several specialties overlap in this area.
Some specialties are regional, such as ear, nose, and throat (ENT) and ophthalmology (eye), while plastic surgery’s board specialty encompasses the entire body and face.
ENT surgeons are certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, and many have added training in facial cosmetic surgery.
Ophthalmologists, both general and oculoplastic, are board certified (by the American Board of Ophthalmology) and restrict their surgery to the eyes and eyelids.
Surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery perform procedures on the face and body, which can be a benefit when combined procedures are carried out under the same anesthetic. Board-certified plastic surgeons combine both cosmetic and reconstructive methods to improve and rejuvenate the appearance of the aging face.
It is also important to accurately diagnose the cause of the cosmetic deformity. For example, the failure to diagnose a true ptosis (eyelid droop or sleepy eye) or brow ptosis (low position of eyebrows) can result in disappointing results. Once again, one should seek consultation with a board-certified surgeon.
How Long Will My Eyelid Surgery Recovery Take?
Blepharoplasty recovery will vary from person to person.
Following the procedure, you can expect to experience swelling, tenderness, and bruising in the eye area, but this should resolve in a few days. To minimize swelling, patients are advised to use cold compresses and keep the head elevated.
Most patients can resume light duties within three to seven days. You will need to avoid strenuous activities for several weeks.
How Long Will My Blepharoplasty Results Last?
Over time, as the natural aging process takes its course, you may notice the accumulation of skin and fat on your eyelids once again. The results following eyelid surgery can be expected to last up to 15 years with proper maintenance.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of eyelid surgery/blepharoplasty?
Many individuals choose to have eyelid surgery to correct drooping upper lids and remove the puffiness and swelling in the lower eyelids. The procedure helps restore peripheral vision and opens up the eyes for a more youthful and rested appearance.
How long does eyelid surgery take to perform?
Your blepharoplasty procedure typically takes two hours to complete. This is an outpatient procedure, and you can return home shortly after.
What will eyelid surgery not do?
Eyelid surgery will certainly give a fresher and more youthful appearance, but there are things it won’t address since its effect is on the lid skin itself. For instance, sagging or hooded eyebrows, dark circles, or wrinkles around the eyes may require additional procedures to correct.
Which procedures can be combined with eyelid surgery?
Is there much scarring with a blepharoplasty?
As with any surgical procedure, some level of scarring is expected. Scarring, however, is minimal since the incisions are hidden in the natural folds of the eyelids, inside the lower eyelid, or just below the lash line. These scars will practically be nonexistent after several months of healing.
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Contact information for individual North Dallas Plastic Surgery offices
North Dallas Office
8305 Walnut Hill Ln #210
Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: (214) 363-2575Directions & Office Hours
Allen, Tx Office
317 N. Central Expressway Suite 100
Allen, Texas 75013
Phone: (214) 509-0270Directions & Office Hours