Blepharoplasty is also called eyelid surgery. This is a procedure that can repair droopy eyelids and can also rejuvenate the surrounding area for a more youthful appearance.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a great option for individuals who are experiencing drooping upper eyelids. The excess skin in this area cannot only make you feel self-conscious, but it can also hamper your ability to see properly. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can fix this.
In some cases, the surgery can also address excess skin and bags involving the the lower lids.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Not everyone qualifies for eyelid surgery. Patients who are good candidates for this procedure are non-smokers and an overall good physical health, without serious medical conditions that may hamper their ability to heal properly. It’s also important that individuals have realistic expectations and a positive outlook about the surgery.
In some cases, those who have serious eye conditions may not qualify for eyelid surgery. The best way to know if you will be a good candidate for this type of surgery is to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Steinberg. She will give you a short physical examination and discuss your medical history with you in order to determine if the surgery is right for you. Keep in mind that if it’s not, you may still qualify for a different treatment such as a brow lift, a facelift, dermal fillers, or neurotoxins.
Preparing for Eyelid Surgery
In order to know if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery, you must make a consultation appointment with a plastic surgeon first. Dr. Steinberg would be happy to meet with you if you are interested in learning more about the surgery.
At your consultation appointment, Dr. Steinberg will assess your eye anatomy and speak with you about your medical history. Be honest about any medications or vitamins you are taking or medical conditions you are dealing with.
Your appointment will also afford you an opportunity to tell Dr. Steinberg what you would like to see in the results of your surgery. You should have realistic expectations about how you want your eyelids and the eye area to look after the procedure, but don’t be shy about what you want. In some cases, eyelid surgery will be exactly what you need to fix the challenges you face. Alternatively, you may find out that another, different procedure is better for your situation. This is why making the consultation appointment is so important.
At the end of your appointment, as long as you qualify for the surgery, you’ll likely be able to make an appointment for having the actual procedure done as well. This will be done with help from a Patient Care Coordinator.
Details About the Surgery
Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure, which means you will be able to go home right after your surgery. An upper lid blepharoplasty alone can be done under local anesthesia, but it is often combined with other procedures that would necessitate general anethesia.
Once you reach the accredited surgical facility, you will be welcomed into a pre-surgery room. There, you will speak with Dr. Steinberg for the last time before the procedure. If you have any questions before you head to the operating room, be sure to ask them. The doctor will make some markings around your eyes, which she will later use during the procedure.
The procedure itself begins with the administration of anesthesia, whether local or general. Once you are anesthetized, the necessary incisions will be made. All eyelid surgeries are different and will depend on the unique situations of the individual.
After the incisions are made, any necessary fat, skin, and/or muscle will be removed, and the incisions will be closed. You will then be taken to a recovery room.
What to Expect During Recovery From Blepharoplasty
Some side effects of surgery may be present directly after the procedure. Most patients tend to have watery eyes and some double vision. There may also be numbness, puffiness, and some slight pain and discomfort. You may feel like you have a black eye with some swelling and bruising. Finally, because lubricating ointment will have been applied to your eyes, you will almost surely have some blurred vision.
Rest assured that all of these side effects will go away with time. You will get a chance to speak with Dr. Steinberg after surgery, who can tell you what to expect in the following days and weeks. She will also give you a packet with information about how to care for your eyes and the eye area as you recover. These are specific and highly important steps, so be sure to follow them closely.
Most importantly, you should avoid rubbing and agitating your eyes or the eye area at all. Your eyelids should be gently cleaned in the days following surgery, and you’ll likely need to use special ointments or eyedrops. A certain amount of icing can also be performed, but again, be sure to follow the instructions given to you by Dr. Steinberg as too much icing or icing in the wrong way can cause complications. Other care instructions will be delivered to you as well.
Recovery is a good time to take a rest from work, school, and physical activity. Over time, as you heal and attend postoperative appointments, Dr. Steinberg will allow you to go back to these activities and ease into daily life again.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Houston: Frequently Asked Questions
How much does blepharoplasty cost?
All eyelid surgery situations are different, so there is no single cost we can provide. Instead, make a consultation appointment with Dr. Steinberg. Based on the specific results you are looking to achieve, she can give you a more accurate cost for this procedure.
Generally speaking, however, on average, eyelid surgery costs around $3000 – $5000.
Are there risks associated with blepharoplasty?
As with any major surgery or cosmetic procedure, there are some risks associated with eyelid surgery. These include the following:
- Eye muscle injuries
- Scarring that is noticeable
- A negative reaction to anesthesia
- Difficulty moving the eyelids, including difficulty closing the eyes
- Skin discoloration
- Bleeding or infection
- Irritated, dry eyes
- Necessary follow-up surgery
- Vision that is temporarily blurred; in extremely rare cases, loss of eyesight
How long does it take to heal from blepharoplasty?
Each patient will have a different healing time. In general, you should be able to return to daily activities and your work routine after about 10 days. For some patients, this may take longer. You’ll see most of the swelling and bruising go down after about two weeks. After that, you need to continue to meet with Dr. Steinberg for your postoperative appointments to see when he can return to physical activity.
Does blepharoplasty make you look young?
The purpose of eyelid surgery may be to make you look younger, but it may also be to help your vision — in particular, your peripheral vision. As we age, the skin tends to lose elasticity and plumpness. This can cause the brow line and the upper eyelids (and lower eyelids) to droop and sag. Numerous complications and loss of self-esteem can result from this. Fortunately, eyelid surgery can amend these problems, make you look younger, and boost your confidence.
Can you undergo blepharoplasty at the same time as other procedures?
Yes. If you are interested in other cosmetic procedures such as a face lift, neck lift, brow lift, liposuction, neurotoxins, or dermal fillers, be sure to mention this to Dr. Steinberg at your consultation appointment. You can surely undergo multiple cosmetic procedures at once, (depending on several prerequisite factors), and, in fact, doing this is often recommended. Having multiple procedures at one time instead of going through with them individually can save you money and limit overall downtime during recovery.
Schedule Your Blepharoplasty Consultation Appointment Today
Are you interested in learning more about eyelid surgery? Find out if you qualify as a candidate for this procedure by booking a consultation appointment with Dr. Steinberg. Contact us today!
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