Often referred to as the windows to our souls, the eyes tell a lot about a person. As we interact with others throughout the business of daily life, it is our eyes that remain the central focus of others. They can express emotion in ways that words simply cannot.
So… what are your eyes saying about you?
You may be a bright, energetic individual full of zest and livelihood, but if your eyes appear listless and tired, it is likely others will perceive you this way as well. If you’re frustrated by puffy under eye bags or droopy upper eyelids, don’t let this dissatisfaction continue any longer. Eyelid surgery is a simple and relatively cost-effective procedure that can take years off your appearance.
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What is Blepharoplasty?
Removes the excess fat and wrinkled drooping skin of the upper eyelids that can make you look constantly tired or sad. Eyelid surgery also eliminates puffy bags from beneath the eyes and tightens the lower eyelid skin. The result is a brighter, more alert and rested appearance.
Compared to many other plastic surgery procedures, blepharoplasty is a relatively minor cosmetic surgery procedure with a fairly quick recovery time. Incisions for an upper eyelid lift are typically made inside the natural curve of the upper eyelid. For under eye surgery, incisions are usually made inside the lower eyelid of just below the lash line. Recovery time after eyelid surgery varies from patient to patient, but most are able to return to work within a week. After two weeks, most swelling and bruising will have subsided and patients may resume normal activities.
Am I a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Our Austin eyelid surgery patients consist of men and women of all ages. Some people seek blepharoplasty surgery to correct problems related to aging around the eyes. However, many younger adults choose to undergo eyelid surgery to address hereditary traits. For some people, droopy, tired-looking eyes are a naturally occurring feature that was simply inherited.
If you are bothered by any of the below issues, then eyelid surgery may be an appropriate treatment for you:
- Eyelid drooping or sagging
- Hooding of the upper eyelid
- Eyelid wrinkling
- Under-eye bags or puffiness
- Under-eye hollows
Individuals that are in good general health and have realistic expectations make good candidates for this procedure. The average age of patients seeking lower eyelid surgery is mid-thirties, and for upper blepharoplasty, patients are typically age 40+. Younger patients tend to seek under eye surgery to get rid of lower eyelid “bags” and “dark circles” that are a hereditary trait.
What Causes Dark Circles, Puffy Eyelids & Crow's Feet?
The skin around our eyes is very delicate and thin, making it particularly vulnerable to premature aging. There are a number of different factors that can wreak havoc on the skin around our eyes. From sun exposure to tugging at the area around the eye while applying makeup or putting in contacts, all of these elements can potentially contribute to premature wrinkling and sagging of the skin around and directly underneath your eyes.
Dark under-eye circles are often simply hereditary. The appearance of dark circles under the eyes can be caused by the reflections or shadows cast by the bulges of fat that occur naturally in the lower eyelids. If the bulging of fat is the cause of your dark circles, then lower eyelid surgery to remove the fat bags is the only effective solution to this problem.
How is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
There are several different surgical techniques that may be suggested depending on your particular eyelid surgery needs. The course of treatment recommended for you will depend on several different factors, including the amount of excess skin and fat in the eyelid region, the condition of the muscles around your eyelids and the position of your eyebrows. Based on these individual factors, your plastic surgeon will select the technique that will obtain the best results for you.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery (sometimes referred to as an “eye lift” or “eyelid lift”) addresses eyes that appear heavy or droopy due to excess skin and fat. Excess sagging eyelid skin can make an individual appear tired, sad or older. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty rejuvenates the eye area, helping patients look younger and well rested.
During surgery for the upper eyelid, the incision is typically hidden within the natural fold of the upper eyelid, extending slightly beyond the outer corner into the laugh lines or existing creases. Through this incision, the surgeon then excises excess fatty tissue, skin and any muscle contributing to the problem. Since this incision follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it is usually undetectable.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid surgery addresses puffy under eye bags, loose skin and sagging tissue in the lower eyelid area. Many patients come to us seeking “eye bag surgery” because they’re simply tired of looking tired. Puffy bags under the eyes are often misinterpreted as being a result of fatigue. However, under eye bags are most often unrelated to sleep, and are due rather to lower eyelid fat prolapse. As we get older, the tissue around the eye becomes weaker, allowing fat to protrude forward. This bulging fat stretches the skin, forming under eye bags and contributing to the appearance of dark circles beneath the eyes.
In order to improve the appearance of puffy under eye bags, removal of the prolapsed fat pad is necessary. Just like in upper eyelid surgery, incisions made for lower eyelid surgery are hidden in natural crease lines just below the lower lashes. If the patient is only having fat removed and not skin, the incision can be placed inside the lower eyelid, eliminating the need for external incisions. This technique is called transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty. Lower eyelid surgery may be combined with laser treatment or dermabrasion in order to tighten and smooth the lower eyelid skin.
Recovery after Eyelid Surgery
Recovery after blepharoplasty surgery varies among individuals, but most of our Austin eyelid surgery patients find that mild swelling and bruising has resolved in as little as one week. Patients may still have some residual swelling or bruising at 2 weeks, but this can usually be covered up with makeup.
After your procedure, you will be sent home with after-care instructions to ensure the eyelid surgery recovery process goes as smoothly as possible. For the first few days following surgery, expect to treat the incisions with a special lubricating ointment as well as cold compresses to help accelerate the healing process. You will also be advised to use eye drops to keep the eyes from drying. It is important to keep the head elevated for the first few days after surgery, as this will help minimize swelling and bruising.
In the weeks following eyelid surgery, you will need to take extra measures to protect the eyes from irritation caused by the sun and wind. Wear dark sunglasses outside for the first two weeks following surgery and continue to wear sunscreen to maintain results over time.
Cost of Eyelid Surgery
For many people considering eyelid surgery in Austin, cost is understandably an important factor. Prices for blepharoplasty surgery vary depending on the type of technique used and the extent of the procedure. It may be helpful to note that eyelid surgery costs less than many other types of plastic surgery procedures.
Prices can fall in the range from about $2,000 for a simple procedure to $5,000 for a more complicated surgery. The cost of eyelid surgery is actually a combination of various fees, including:
- Surgeon’s fee
- Operating room
- Follow-up visits
The actual cost of your eyelid surgery will be determined at your free consultation where you will receive a detailed quote based on your specific needs.