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.
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.
- 1 Procedure
- 2 Upper Eyelid Surgery
- 3 Lower Eyelid Surgery
- 4 Benefits
- 5 Ideal Candidate
- 6 First Steps
- 7 Expectations
- 8 Recovery
- 9 Cost
- 10 Why Choose Dr. Ahmadi?
- 11 Schedule a Consultation
- 12 FAQ
Blepharoplasty, also called 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.
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
Upper Eyelid Surgery
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 Eyelid Surgery
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.
An upper blepharoplasty surgery and lower blepharoplasty surgery can be done simultaneously.
Our Houston area Blepharoplasty patients have been able to enjoy the following benefits from their procedure:
- Corrects drooping brows
- Eliminates dark circles, under-eye bags, tear troughs, and eyelid and cheek grooves
- Exercises bulging fat and excess skin
- Gets rid of lines and wrinkles around your eyes
- Little-to-no pain
- Potentially improved vision
- Quick recovery
- Restored youthful definition
- Results are subtle but dramatic
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.
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 eye drops 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.
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. Once he is ready, Dr. Ahmadi will make deliberate incisions depending on what is needed and will remove the excess tissue through the incision. These incisions are typically made in the creases of your upper eyelids or just below the lashes. After making the right excisions, he will use stitches to close the skin. Due to the proper placement of the incisions, any scars left from the procedure should be well hidden.
Depending on what you are having treated, your surgery can take anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours.
After surgery, you will be able to return home and recover in a comfortable environment, but you should have someone available to provide you with a ride home and even stay with you for a few days to help around the house. There will be some expected bruising and swelling around the eyelids, but it should fade over a week.
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.
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.
Why Choose Dr. Ahmadi?
Dr. Ahmadi is board-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 Houston 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 surgery, 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.
Schedule a Consultation
For more information about eyelid surgery 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.
is eyelid surgery painful?
A Blepharoplasty is considered to be among the least painful surgical procedures. You may experience some discomfort and minor pain the following day of your surgery, but you should have a quick recovery. Most patients find the pain to be very minimal and can easily be treated with over-the-counter medication and ice packs to numb the sensitive areas.
how many appointments will i need?
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. Some patients experience watery and blurry eyes due to the inflammation that can occur during the first few days.
how long until i see results?
Patients can see their results in about three weeks post-surgery but will be able to recognize their final results about six months after the procedure.
Absolutely! Many of our Houston patients will combine their treatment with other facial augmentation surgeries such as a Brow Lift, Chin augmentation, or Rhinoplasty. If you would like to learn about the best possible options to achieve a certain aesthetic outcome, please discuss it with Dr. Ahmadi during your consultation and he will be happy to give you the best suggestions.
what are the risk associated with eyelid surgery?
It is important to note that patients who undergo blepharoplasties often temporarily experience some or all of the following:
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 eye drops to reduce any swelling, dryness, or discomfort caused by your surgery.
Serious complications from eyelid surgery are rare but can occur. Contact your doctor right away if you experience any of these symptoms:
Abnormal coloring or healing of the eyelids
Differences in vision
If you experience any of the aforementioned reactions or have some other long-lasting or concerning side effects, please contact us immediately.