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What is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

What is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)? |  Houston Plastic SurgeonsEyes a prominent part of the face and their appearance can dramatically influence the overall facial profile. Tired or old looking eyes can make a person look older, angry, or sad. Fortunately, it is possible to address this condition with blepharoplasty cosmetic surgery.

Blepharoplasty is the clinical name for upper or lower eyelid surgery, which may be performed for functional or aesthetic improvement of the eyes. Sometimes both upper and lower eyelid procedures may have to be performed together. The surgery can also correct heavily droopy upper lids, which are causing partial vision obstruction.

The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS), led by board certified plastic surgeons, provides eyelid surgery and various other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to patients in Houston, Texas, TX and surrounding locations.

 

Upper Blepharoplasty

As the eyelid muscles become loose and the eyelid tissue stretches due to aging and other reasons, the skin over the upper eyelids will lose some of its natural elasticity. As a result, the upper lids can start appearing wrinkled and droopy, making the face look older.

An upper eyelid lift plastic surgery procedure can be performed to address these concerns and restore a more youthful and rested appearance to the eyes. Some patients may suffer from severely droopy upper lids or ptosis, which can occur at the same time with aging lines over the eyelids.

With droopy upper eyelids, the eyes may appear partially closed even when the patient is awake. An underlying condition of ptosis may be present in some patients, which can distort the eye appearance. These conditions can be effectively corrected with upper eyelid surgery.

To perform upper blepharoplasty, the surgeon will make an incision along the natural contour of the eyelid crease to keep it discreet. Through the incision, the surgeon will remove the loose upper lid skin to make it smoother. The incisions will then be closed with fine sutures.

 

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Weak eyelid muscles and loose tissue can sometimes make the lower eyelids appear tired and puffy. The eyelid skin can appear rough or wrinkled. Lower blepharoplasty can be performed to improve this condition.

To perform this procedure, the surgeon will make a tiny incision either on the skin or on the inside of the eyelid to remove the excess skin and eliminate puffy bags under the eyes. Incisions will be marked just below the eyelid margin to hide any scarring.

Underlying weak muscles may be tightened through the same incisions. If excess fat tissue is present, the surgeon may remove or redistribute it to create a smoother, more youthful look of the eyes. In some cases, Botox injections or dermal filler treatments such as Restylane may be performed in conjunction with lower eyelid surgery.

 

Recovery

Following the surgery, the patient should apply ice therapy frequently for the first 48 hours to feel more comfortable and reduce swelling. Most patients return to their normal routine in about one week. Sun protection for the eyes is important for the next few months. Accomplished cosmetic surgeons at ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX and other cities and suburbs in the amazing and high flying state of Texas for blepharoplasty.

For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.

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