Eyelid surgery is also called an eye lift or blepharoplasty and can be performed on the upper eyelids and/or lower eyelids. The eyes are one of the most important elements of youthfulness in a person’s appearance, so it’s no wonder that blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is the third most common procedure performed for both men and women. Excess skin, puffy eyelids, bags under the eyes, wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes, and droopiness can be corrected through blepharoplasty.
Candidates for an Eyelid Surgery
An eyelid surgery is probably one the single best facial rejuvenation procedures one can undergo to give that fresh, youthful look. This procedure can be performed at any age if surgical indication is present; therefore, a proper evaluation is best to see if surgery or non-surgical procedures are appropriate. You may also be a good candidate if:
- If you have drooping or hooding of the eyelids (upper eyelid)
- Have fat bags and extra skin of the eyelids (lower eyelid)
- You are healthy individual and do not have any medical conditionals that may impair healing
- Have realistic expectations and positive outlook
- A non-smoker. Patients are asked to stop smoking approximately 2-3 weeks prior and after surgery.
Patients who have eye disease such as glaucoma, dry eye, or detached retina, thyroid disorders, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, circulatory disorders or diabetes should notify the doctor.
Which Procedure is Right for Me
During the initial consultation at our practice, your surgeon will examine your face pointing out multiple techniques that can be used during the eyelid surgery. An upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, or even both may be recommended. Both procedures can be done at the same time.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery removes wrinkled folds of the skin on the upper eyelids which can cause hooding or drooping of the eyelids. The excess skin may obstruct or impair a person’s vision. Upper eyelid surgery incision is hidden within the natural fold of the upper lid, and extra tissue is removed. Because the incision is in the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it will be very well hidden after it heals. Upper blepharoplasty is best complimented with a Browlift/Forehead lift. Non-surgical options that our Advanced Clinical Medical Spa can provide that may help droopy lids and crow’s feet may be Botox and/or Ultherapy treatments.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
This procedure removes or relocates excessive tissue that may be causing the puffiness or bulges. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision can be placed inside the lower lid or on the lower lid just below the eyelashes. Wherever the incision is placed, it usually heals very well and scars are almost impossible to see. Lower blepharoplasty is best complimented with fat injections. Non-surgical options that our Advanced Clinical Medical Spa can provide that may help puffiness or pigmentation is a filler such as Voluma XC or Juvederm XC, Fraxel, Ultherapy, Microneedling with PRP. Great products that are recommended are SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex or AOX Eye Gel.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
After eyelid surgery at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, patients are generally able to go home the same day, and can go back to normal activities within a few days. The level of discomfort should diminish day by day. The surgery itself may temporarily decrease the sensation in the eyelid skin or it may cause some dryness or irritation to the eye. Though the incisions heal in a few days, swelling and bruising may take a few weeks to completely disappear.
Risks and Complications
All surgery has risks and potential complications. Although the risks are not common, it is important that you understand the potential complications and know that no surgeon can offer risk-free surgery or guarantee of perfect result. Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will discuss any possible risks in detail during your consultation and will be sure to answer any questions or concerns that may arise.
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) procedures are considered outpatient surgery. Upper eyelid surgery is a fast and easy procedure that can be done under local anesthesia. Lower eyelid surgery requires a bit more detail, it is performed under general anesthesia.
Our surgical center, El Paso Cosmetic Surgical Center, is in our West El Paso state-of-the-art facility which offers a comfortable and private setting. El Paso Cosmetic Surgical Center has been certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. This is a voluntary program of certification, meaning that at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery we choose to have our plastic surgery center inspected to ensure excellence and quality care to our plastic surgery patients. Only those facilities that meet the most stringent requirements for patient care, cleanliness, and equipment are accredited by the AAAASF.
The next step is to schedule your consultation. During your consultation, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sozer or Dr. Phillips will evaluate you and discuss all your questions, concerns and desires before undergoing surgery so you can have realistic expectations. You may call our office at (915) 351-1116 to schedule your consultation or may fill out our “Schedule Your Consultation” tab and someone will contact you to make that appointment. Experience the Science of Beauty.