Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery / Blephoroplasty | Houston, TX
Cosmetic eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) treats upper and/or lower eyelids by removing excess skin and tissue to reduce the appearance of wrinkled skin and bags under lower lids and decrease puffy and saggy upper lids. The result of a blepharoplasty is a more alert, rested, and rejuvenated look. In some individuals, the lids may need additional tightening and repositioning to restore a youthful appearance.
Who is a candidate for blepharoplasty?
Candidates for blepharoplasty are healthy patients with some of the following conditions:
- Loose eyelid skin, creating extra folds and uneven contour
- Puffy eyelids
- Under eye bags
- Droopy lower eyelids with excess skin and wrinkles
Patients may need a rejuvenation of the upper and or lower eyelids.
Expected Results of blepharoplasty
After undergoing a blepharoplasty, patients can expect a more alert appearance, youthful appearing eyelids and diminished under eye bags.
blepharoplasty Procedure Details
The blepharoplasty procedure usually requires sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure length varies depending on the type of procedure required, ranging from 1 to 2 hours. The blepharoplasty procedure complexity depends on the general condition of the eyelids. Some eyelids require minimal skin and fat removal.
Incisions are concealed in the lid creases or inside the eyelid. In patients with poor eyelid tone, additional lid tightening may be needed. Patients with Asian eyelids may desire a double lid crease to be formed. Sutures are placed and ointment is applied to the incisions. Ice packs are used to decrease bruising and swelling.
Recovery from blepharoplasty
After blepharoplasty, patients will experience discomfort, swelling, bruising, tightness and possible temporary dry, itchy or blurry eyes. Resting with head elevation is important to decrease swelling. Limiting eye strain during recovery is also recommended and avoid activities such as reading which may exacerbate symptoms.
Cold compresses can help decrease swelling from blepharoplasty surgery. Stitches are removed in 5 to 7 days. Patients can typically return to work after 1-2 weeks, often requiring makeup application to cover bruising. Complete swelling may take 2 months to resolve. Scarring is usually minimal and fades in 6 to 12 months.
Cost of blepharoplasty
The cost of a blepharoplasty ranges from $2,000-$5,500 depending on if the upper and/or lower eyelids require treatment.
Risk of blepharoplasty
Patients will experience discomfort, swelling, bruising, and possible temporary dry or watery eyes and itching after undergoing a blepharoplasty. Additional surgical risks will be discussed in the consultation.
A blepharoplasty can be combined with brow lift and facelift to enhance a youthful, rested appearance and overall enhanced aesthetic outcome. It is also safe to combine the procedure with other cosmetic procedures.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Carpin to discuss benefits, alternatives, and expected outcomes of the blepharoplasty procedure. Dr. Carpin offers blepharoplasty for patients in Houston, League City and Clear Lake, TX and surrounding areas, including Friendswood, Pasedena, Kemah, Seabrook and Galveston.