Eyelid Surgery Houston
Our eyelids comprise a delicate balance of skin elasticity, protective fat, and membranes that protect the area around our eyeballs. As we age, the skin on both the upper and lower lid begins to sag, and the fat separating the eye, and the skull starts to bulge. Sagging and bulging skin contributes to signs of aging, such as facial lines and wrinkles. Not only can sagging skin make you feel more self-conscious, but it can also affect your quality of life.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery or an eye lift can improve both the upper and lower eyelids. It removes excess skin and fat from the upper and bagginess from the lower eyelids. Because of the minimal, localized size of the procedure, eye lift surgeries can be performed simultaneously with other facial procedures, such as facelift, neck lift, brow lift, or laser resurfacing, allowing you to look and feel younger.
Don’t let sagging eyelids keep you from seeing your best self. Let Dr. Ahmadi and his expert team at Avante Plastic Surgery help you achieve rejuvenation and get you looking your best.
Why Choose To Get Eyelid Tuck Surgery?
People have both quality of life and cosmetic reasons for eyelid lift surgery. People with droopy upper eyelids might struggle to see with their peripheral or central vision. Drooping or sagging eyelids can make your face look uneven or look tired. Eyelid tuck surgery helps strengthen the eyelids’ muscles and improves the eyes’ appearance.
As we age, the thin skin of the eyelids stretches over time, which can cause excess eyelid skin; when the lower eyelid skin stretches, it can cause “bags” under the eyes. Blepharoplasty procedures for the lower eyelid work by removing excess skin, tightening the muscles, and removing excess fat around the eye. This procedure helps shape the eye, making you appear more alert.
The muscles loosening around the eyes can also cause ectropion when the eyelid droops and turns outward. Ectrotropic eyes can cause dry eyes and make them excessively watery or sensitive. Entropion occurs when the drooping eyelid curves inwards, leading to the eyelashes or eyelids rubbing against the eye’s surface. Entropion can cause excessive irritation, redness, and even an untreated infection.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Eyelid Surgery?
It is important to consider your goals and be realistic about what you hope to achieve from plastic surgery. Good candidates for eyelid lift surgery are generally 35 or older and in good health. Still, younger people may elect to receive a blepharoplasty if they have a genetic disposition toward sagging or drooping eyes.
What Is The Cost Of Blepharoplasty In Houston, TX?
As is usually the case, the cost of eyelid lift surgery will depend on the surgeon’s experience and whether additional procedures, such as canthopexy (lid tightening), are required simultaneously. If you choose to have your eyelid lift surgery using local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia, the cost will be less. Don’t hesitate to contact us for an estimate; however, an exact price will be provided during your consultation with Dr. Ahmadi.
When you consider the permanence of both upper and lower blepharoplasties, the research and funding you put into your procedure should be worth its value in boosting self-esteem and quality of life.
How Do I Prepare?
Even though eyelid tuck procedures can be quick, you should ensure that you have someone who can drive you home and monitor you until your follow-up appointment with Dr. Ahmadi. Ensure that you have arranged proper time and space for your recovery, as you will be limited in what you can do while your eyelids heal. Dr. Ahmadi will give you specific instructions to follow after your surgery.
We will also provide you with a list of supplies you will require during your recovery. This includes over-the-counter pain medicine for discomfort, artificial tears or eyedrops for dry eye symptoms, bandages, clean towels, and ice packs to apply cold compresses to your incisions. The cold compresses not only help numb any pain but help reduce swelling.
What Does Houston Eyelid Surgery Consist Of?
An upper blepharoplasty surgery and lower blepharoplasty surgery can be done simultaneously. An upper blepharoplasty consists of incisions along the natural fold of the eyelids that help Dr. Ahmadi remove excess skin and fat. Afterward, the small incisions are stitched together to create a natural crease in your eyelid. This natural crease helps reduce the appearance of any scars left from your procedure.
Lower blepharoplasty can either be done through an outer incision just under the lash line or from inside the lower eyelid via the transconjunctival approach; this approach allows Dr. Ahmadi to perform the procedure without leaving visible incisions. Depending on the laxity of the lower eyelids, Dr. Ahmadi may perform an additional lid-tightening procedure called canthopexy or canthoplasty. Blepharoplasty can be performed along with other plastic surgeries, like laser resurfacing, to lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
What Type of Anesthesia Is Used For Eyelid Lift Surgery?
Eyelid lift surgery can be done under local, IV sedation, or general anesthesia. Surgery usually only lasts for about an hour or two. During your consultation, Dr. Ahmadi will discuss your options and recommend the best option.
How Long Does it Take to Heal?
Upper and lower eyelid stitches are removed within 5-7 days after the procedure. Most of the swelling subsides within the first two weeks after the procedure. We typically take postoperative photos about six weeks after the surgical procedure.
What Are The Common Side Effects?
It is important to note that patients who undergo blepharoplasties often temporarily experience some or all of the following:
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Swelling and bruising of the eyelid area
- Pain or discomfort
You can reduce the discomfort from surgery by consistently using ice packs on your eyes for 10 minutes 4 to 5 times a day. Be sure to use any prescribed ointments or eyedrops to reduce any swelling, dryness, or discomfort caused by your surgery.
What Are The Potential Complications?
Serious complications from eyelid surgery are rare but can occur. Contact your doctor right away if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Vision problems
- Abnormal coloring or healing of the eyelids
- Differences in vision
How Long Do Blepharoplasty Results Last?
Upper eyelid surgery results last about ten years or longer, potentially even lifelong. Lower eyelid procedures usually last a lifetime and rarely need to be repeated. However, even after surgery, your upper eyelids may begin to droop again after that 5-7 year window passes; in that case, instead of undergoing a new blepharoplasty procedure, plastic surgeons might suggest you undergo other procedures, such as a brow lift.
Why Choose Dr. Ahmadi For Eyelid Tuck Surgery?
Dr. Ahmadi is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to provide all aspects of cosmetic surgery. As one of the leading cosmetic surgeons in the Huston area, Dr. Ahmadi has helped thousands of patients achieve their best selves for decades.
As part of Avante Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ahmadi has performed thousands of plastic surgeries and cosmetic procedures, such as eyelid lifts, facelifts, and neck lifts. Dr. Ahmadi has led Avante to become the most exclusive plastic surgery practice in Sugar Land using his artistic passion and attention to detail.
What Do I Do to Get Started?
For more information about an eyelid tuck or blepharoplasty procedure, you should schedule a consultation with Avante Plastic Surgery at 281-265-2639. At this appointment, Dr. Ahmadi and his team will discuss your goals for your appearance and how he can help you achieve your dream look. During your consultation, you can ask questions or address any concerns about the procedure, your expectations, and the recovery process. All consultations include an all-inclusive quote for your procedure. Please don’t forget to complete the patient forms before your consultation.