Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid surgery performed at our facial cosmetic surgery facility near Dallas is often combined with other procedures, including brow lift (to remedy sagging eyebrows), laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels (to smooth crows feet and lessen dark circles), and face lift. Our Dallas, Texas area cosmetic surgeons can advise you as to which cosmetic surgery procedures are right for you.
Am I a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery at our Dallas area facility is a popular procedure among our patients. Many people have unattractive or tired looking eyes caused by excess skin or loose skin in the upper eyelid. This excess skin can impair vision, cause puffy eyelids, and create very fine wrinkles and droopy skin in the lower eyelid. These problems are usually related to general aging or heredity and can be lessened or eliminated with eyelid surgery. Dallas area patients who come to us for eyelid surgery will find that they appear more alert and younger looking.
Eyelid Surgery Consultation
As an eyelid surgery patient of the Dallas, Texas-based Regional Plastic Surgery Center, you’ll engage in a thorough consultation with your plastic surgeon.
During the eyelid surgery consultation, you and your cosmetic surgeon will review your medical history and talk about your surgical expectations. Your cosmetic surgeon will select the eyelid surgery techniques that will come closest to the results that you desire.
Based upon how you want your eyes to look after eyelid surgery, your cosmetic surgeon may suggest other cosmetic surgery procedures. These additional procedures can usually be performed at the same time as your eyelid surgery at our plastic surgery center near Dallas, Texas.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that typically takes one to three hours to complete. The techniques used during your eyelid surgery are specifically selected to meet your needs. Typically, the cosmetic surgeon makes an incision following the natural crease of the lid to lessen the chance of visible scarring. The cosmetic surgeon removes the excess fat, skin, and muscle that are causing the drooping and puffiness. Then the incisions are closed with very fine stitches.
After the Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Although the healing process for each eyelid surgery patient is unique, our Dallas area eyelid surgery patients will discuss what to expect with their cosmetic surgeon, and there are some general guidelines. After eyelid surgery the patient’s eyes are lubricated with ointment and bandaged. The patient receives a prescription for pain medication to control any discomfort that develops after the eyelid surgery. Our Dallas, Texas, vicinity cosmetic surgeons instruct most eyelid surgery patients to elevate their head for several days and prescribe eye drops to help with dryness.
Eyes may be gummy and sensitive to light for the first few weeks after eyelid surgery. Our cosmetic surgeons recommend using cold compresses to lessen bruising and swelling, which peaks during the first week after eyelid surgery and diminishes thereafter. Double or blurred vision may occur and last a few days but will disappear. Whiteheads may appear when the stitches are removed, but the cosmetic surgeon can remove these with a very fine needle. Any scarring usually appears pink for the first six months but will eventually fade to a nearly invisible white line.
Most people can watch television and read a few days after and return to work and light activity within a few weeks after eyelid surgery. Dallas, Texas, area patients who undergo eyelid surgery should avoid activities that are strenuous and raise blood pressure, such as bending and lifting, for a duration determined by the cosmetic surgeon. Eyes should be completely healed after a few months.
Many eyelid surgery patients are extremely happy with their results. We suggest you browse through our collection of eyelid surgery before and after photos so you can see what kinds of results we can achieve.
Eyelid Surgery Risks
Eyelid surgery complications at our Dallas, Texas, plastic surgery facility are very rare and usually minor when they occur. These complications include infection and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. There may be a slight unevenness in healing, and scarring is possible. Some eyelid surgery patients experience difficulty closing their eyelids when they sleep – and in very rare situations, this is permanent. Another extremely rare complication is ectropion, which is a pulling down of the lower eyelids. Further eyelid surgery at our Dallas based cosmetic surgery center may be required to correct this condition.