Eyelid Surgery Houston
Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of your eyes. The surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids and/or the lower eyelids.
Eyelid surgery can correct drooping, bulging, or sagging eyelids that cause people to appear fatigued or much older than their actual age by tightening muscles and tissue or removing excess skin and fat. A procedure is also available that can create “double eyelids” or a more apparent upper eyelid crease, most commonly performed on people of Asian descent. The latter procedure is sometimes called Asian blepharoplasty.
While fat removal is often used as part of an eyelid lift, some patients will need fat grafting to import fat from another area of the body to help fill in the hollowing around the eyes.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Considerations
During your eyelid surgery consultation with Dr. Erika Sato, you will learn more about your options for creating more attractive or younger looking eyes, while still creating a natural look.
Eyelid surgery is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a facelift, skin rejuvenation therapy, and/or laser skin resurfacing.
Who is a good candidate for Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)?
If you are in good overall health with no serious eye conditions and dislike the appearance of your eyes, you may be a candidate for eyelid surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Sato will evaluate your medical history and examine your eyes to determine if eyelid surgery is right for you. Depending on your expectations, she may suggest a combination of procedures in order to achieve the results that you want.
What happens during Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)?
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that can be performed awake with local anesthesia in our in-office procedure room or under IV sedation and a local anesthetic at our in-office operating room. The time required for the surgery will depend on the complexity of each individual case.
What can I expect while recovering from Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)?
Most patients return to work 7 days after eyelid surgery. Strenuous activity should be avoided until the skin incisions are healed, which can take 1-2 weeks.
There will be intermittent tearing and/or dryness of the eyes along with some mild tenderness, bruising, and swelling around the eyes. An ice pack can be applied for the first 24 hours to help decrease swelling and bruising. Head elevation for the first week after surgery will help decrease swelling. Any permanent sutures will be removed at your first post-operative visit a few days after your surgery.
Are the results of Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) permanent?
Eyelid surgery is permanent, but over time, the aging process does continue to affect the skin around your eyes.
Are you interested in eyelid surgery in Houston? Contact Dr. Erika Sato today for a consultation.