What Is Eyelid Surgery?
Since the eyes are the windows to the soul, a blepharoplasty can help you open that window to a sunnier, more youthful appearance. Eyelid surgery, also called a blepharoplasty, is a procedure to remove sagging skin, then lift and reposition the remaining skin on the upper lids and/or remove the bulging tissue of the lower lids. Drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes can make you look older and more tired than you feel and in some cases, even interfere with your vision if there is too much loose skin in the upper eyelids. These kinds of problems can also happen at any age, especially in the case of bags under the eyes, which are often a characteristic in certain families and may occur as early as the late teens. A surgical eye lift can make a huge improvement in your appearance when performed by an expert facial plastic surgeon, like Dr. Eugene "Gene" Alford in Houston, TX. At Alford Plastic Surgery, Dr. Gene uses his training and experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to correct wrinkles, ptosis, uneven eyes, and drooping eyelids for a natural, refreshed result.
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"Facial and Nose Reconstruction - Dr. Alford is my favorite doctor of all time, and I've had a LOT of doctors. When others docs told me there was nothing they could do to repair my nose after cancer resection caused it to deviate and sit beneath my eye, he scoffed and said he could help. He has been involved in four reconstructive surgeries (so far) to piece my face back together, the last of which (Phase 3 of a forehead..."- S. / RealSelf / Apr 06, 2018
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"Dr Alford did an amazing job with my recent neck and face lift. I am 57 yo and wanted to have the surgery done before it was so evident I needed it. I had very slight bruising after 3 days, i am so happy and my face looks 20 years younger, without looking like I had anything done. He has skill in determining how to make the face and neck look more youthful by adding back fat to areas which have recessed due to age. My profile looks like my photos from age 35."- D.F. / Healthgrades / Mar 29, 2018
Correction of a sagging or bulging eyelid provides one of the most dramatic improvements possible with aesthetic facial work. During eyelid surgery, which usually takes 2 – 3 hours, Dr. Gene removes excess skin from the upper lid, camouflaging the incision in the upper lid skin fold. The lower eyelid incision is hidden immediately below the eyelash line or inside the pink part of the lower eyelid. In addition to the removal of excess skin, Dr. Gene may also tighten weak muscles and remove herniated fat, which will result in a smoother skin tone. All of these options will be discussed with you during your consultation. While a blepharoplasty may not completely eradicate your crow’s feet, it can result in a more alert, refreshed, and brighter appearance.
Eyelid surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, so you will be released to a responsible party after surgery to recover in the comfort of your own home. It is expected following this procedure for the eyelids to swell and show considerable bruising. Most swelling usually resolves quickly over 1 – 2 days (more slowly if you suffer from allergies) and discoloration will diminish more gradually over 7 –10 days. You may notice that 1 eye may be slightly more or less swollen than the other, which is normal and is not cause for concern. Also, a feeling of overall tightness is normal. Do not be discouraged by swelling and discoloration. These conditions are a normal part of healing following a blepharoplasty procedure and will subside within approximately 2 weeks.
Your first post-op visit will be 7 days after your surgery. At this time the sutures will be removed. Following suture removal, you will be asked to return to the office for a follow-up evaluation at 2 weeks after your surgery and 1 month after surgery.
The results of your eyelid surgery will become more apparent as the swelling decreases, but your final results should be visible about 2 – 3 months after your surgery. Your eyelid surgery will make you look younger, but the natural aging process will still continue, so it’s important to protect your eyes from sun and environmental exposure to prolong your results. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Gene for a touch-up surgery or nonsurgical options if you ever want your results refreshed.
What Does An Eyelid Lift Cost?
The cost of an eyelid lift will vary based on the complexity of the case, if you are having upper, lower, or both eyelids treated, but most patients spend $3,000 - $7,000 on their eyelid surgery. There may be additional expenses including hosptial and anesthesia that will be discussed further in your consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 - 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 - 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 5 - 7 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Eyelid Lift FAQs
- Crepey eye skin
- Dark circles
- Deep under eye grooves
- Droopy eyelids
- Excess eyelid skin
- Eye asymmetry
- Hanging eyelid skin
- Loose eyelid skin
- Puffy bags
- Sagging eyelids
- Uneven eyes
Occasionally, swelling may cause the lower lid to become separated from the eye and may lead to incomplete eyelid closure for a few days. Both of these conditions will resolve as swelling diminishes. Tearing or eye irritation, if present, will also usually resolve as swelling decreases and eyelids close, but you may be given prescription eye medications to lessen this irritation. Some patients may experience discoloration in the whites of their eyes, but this condition is painless, generally subsides within 7 – 10 days, and will not harm your vision. Call our office immediately if you have any concerns or questions about your recovery.
For a more dramatic improvement, an eyelid lift may be combined with a facelift or brow lift to remove more excess skin from the face. An eyelid lift may also be enhanced with dermal wrinkle fillers, like Juvéderm or Restylane, and/or BOTOX wrinkle relaxer injections. Dr. Gene will review your options and help you create your personal treatment plan based on your concerns and goals.