Eyelid Surgery in Austin (Blepharoplasty)
The eyes are often the first facial area to show signs of aging. As we age, our eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken and fat begins to accumulate causing “bags” around the eyes. This aging tends to make the eyes look tired and swollen. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can correct both the upper and lower eyelids to enhance the eye area, making the eyes dramatically younger and vibrant.
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The anatomy of aging eyes
Over time, our face succumbs to the combination of gravity’s constant pull along with significant weakening facial muscles. The skin around the eyes begins to droop at the corners resulting in an unnatural “sagging” appearance. Additionally, fat around the eyes begins to bulge as the orbital septum, a thin wall of muscle tissue around the eyes, becomes weak. Blepharoplasty involves the surgical removal of this excess fat and skin to make the eyes look renewed.
How is eyelid surgery performed?
Using twilight anesthesia, the patient remains awake and comfortable during the entire procedure. For an upper blepharoplasty, a very fine incision is placed in the natural crease above each eyelid and allowing for repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles and tissue, and/or removal of excess skin. For a lower blepharoplasty, an incision is made just below the lower lash line and excess skin in the lower eyelids is removed. The incisions are closed with very fine sutures.
Depending on a patient’s individual need it can be very beneficial to combine eyelid surgery with a brow lift in order to fully rejuvenate the upper face. Blepharoplasty can also be combined with laser procedures such as Thermage™ or ActiveFX for enhanced tightening and smoothing of the surrounding skin.
How long does eyelid surgery take?
While the time for a procedure differs by the individual, eyelid surgery typically takes between 1-2 hours to complete.
What kind of downtime is required for eyelid surgery?
Results of the eyelid surgery appear gradually as swelling and bruising subsides to reveal a smoother, better-defined eyelid and surrounding region. Most people feel ready to go out in public (and back to work) in a week to ten days after an eyelid surgery. By then, depending on your rate of healing, you’ll likely be able to wear makeup to hide any bruising that remains. Vigorous activity including exercise can be resumed around three weeks after surgery.