What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery designed to improve the appearance of the eyelids. Over time the eyelids will begin to droop as a result of genetics, environmental influences, and the natural aging process. Lines and wrinkles begin to form in the face resulting in sagging, tired-looking eyelids. Loose skin over the eyes and fat deposits under them combine, creating dark circles around the eyes. This can leave you looking older and tired, regardless of how you feel inside. Eyelid surgery is able to correct this process and can be performed on both the upper- and lower-eyelid to reduce or eliminate:
- The appearance of bags under the eyes.
- Loose skin that causes a drooping effect on the eyelids.
- Puffiness in the eyelids caused by naturally-occurring fat deposits.
- Excess skin around the eyelids.
- Drooping lower eyelids that expose the eye.
If you want to improve the appearance of your eyelids, or your eyelids obstruct your vision, eyelid surgery can rejuvenate and revitalize the area surrounding your eyes giving you a more youthful appearance. Eyelid surgery can be performed alone or in conjunction with other plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift (rhytidectomy) or a brow lift (browplasty).
Dr Nikko answers questions about eyelid surgery from online users.
What is the Eyelid Surgery Process?
During your consultation Dr. Nikko will evaluate and examine your eyelids and the surrounding area. He will listen to and discuss your personal goals for the surgery and compare your expectations with the probable outcome of your procedure. He will thoroughly explain how to prepare for your procedure, what to expect during your procedure, and what to expect during the blepharoplasty recovery process. You will be shown “before” and “after” photos of actual patients and with your consent, “before” pictures of your eyelids may be taken to document your eyelid surgery results.
2: The eyelid surgery procedure.
Eyelid surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures; you will be able to go home the same day of your surgery. Some eyelid procedures are performed under local anesthesia, and some under general anesthesia
During a typical procedure Dr. Nikko will:
- Correct fat deposits that have accumulated on the upper eyelids using very fine incisions in the creases above each eye.
- Remove a thin crescent of excess skin and muscle just above the eye.
- Close the incisions with very fine sutures.
- Remove any excess skin and muscle from the lower lids using incisions placed in natural creases.
- Remove the fatty deposits beneath the eyes with incisions placed just inside the lower eyelid.
- Close these incisions with absorbable sutures (although in some cases they are left to heal naturally).
During your initial consultation Dr. Nikko will have thoroughly explained the exact process of your personal eyelid surgery and what to expect during your individual procedure.
What is the Eyelid Surgery Recovery Process?
- The eye area will generally be bruised and swollen up to two weeks after surgery. The eyelids may be stiff and sensitive during this period. Patients will not be able to wear contact lenses during this time.
- Patients should keep their head elevated and periodically place cold compresses on their eyes. Nikko may prescribe antibiotic eye drops for the first several days following surgery
- Make-up can be applied after a few days when the sutures have been removed and Dr. Nikko has reviewed the area. The resulting hairline scars which follow the natural contour of the eyelids tend to fade in about two months.
After eyelid surgery patients have a softer, more natural, and more youthful appearance to their faces. Dr. Nikko has been performing eyelid surgery in Houston for over 15 years and wants to help you look as young as you feel. Cosmetic surgery is not covered by insurance; patients are responsible for their eyelid surgery procedure. Financing for cosmetic procedures is available, click here for more information on financing your eyelid surgery.
If you want to find out if eyelid surgery is the right cosmetic procedure for you, schedule your free consultation at the Nikko Cosmetic Surgery Center in Houston, Texas today!