Eyelid Surgery

The delicate skin and muscles around your eyes can show the affects of aging quicker than other areas of your face. You may notice fine lines, droopy eyelids and puffy bags under your eyes. Eyelid surgery can help repair these signs of aging to restore a more youthful and alert look.

Contact us online today to learn more about your options to enhance your appearance with eyelid surgery. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men and women from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas. Count on our team to help you look rejuvenated through a wide range of cosmetic procedures.

Benefits of Eyelid Surgery

The skin loses elasticity with age. This is often apparent sooner in the delicate skin around the eyes compared to the rest of the face. With loss of elasticity comes increased muscle laxity, both of which are made worse by the constant pull of gravity. This leads to excess skin and tissue around the eyelids. On the lower lids, wrinkles and puffiness develop, while the upper lids can droop over the eye. The effects can be bad enough to obscure vision in some cases.

Eyelid surgery can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids, or both together. The procedure corrects bags under the eyes, and also lifts the loose eyelid skin on the upper eyelids to restore a more natural contour. However, eyelid surgery does not correct the wrinkles at the outer edges of the eye (crow’s feet). For this reason, it’s common to combine eyelid surgery with additional procedures like BOTOX® Cosmetic. Eyelid surgery can also be performed at the same time as other cosmetic surgical procedures, such as a brow lift or facelift.

One of the primary benefits of eyelid surgery is that it is a relatively minor procedure that has a very big impact. The appearance of the eyes reflects on the rest of the face. Eyes that look older, more tired or more worn out compared to the rest of the face impact the ways others interpret your appearance. Eyelid surgery delivers subtle yet effective results to help men and women look younger without looking “done.” One of the compliments heard most often after eyelid surgery is that you look well-rested or refreshed. While the results are not overly obvious, the surgery successfully helps men and women renew their look.

About the Procedure

The steps for eyelid surgery vary depending on whether upper or lower eyelids are addressed, or if other surgeries are included. For upper eyelid surgery, incisions are placed where the natural eyelid folds will hide the scars. In lower eyelid surgery, the incision is made along the lash line.

Through these incisions, your surgeon tightens the eyelid muscles and repositions fat deposits to restructure the eye area. Excess skin and fatty tissue are removed.

Recovery and Results

The results of upper or lower eyelid surgery will appear gradually after any initial swelling and bruising dissipate. Some discomfort is normal at first and dryness in the eyes is common as well. The eyes look younger and more defined after surgery, giving you an alert and refreshed look. The total healing time varies from person to person, especially if other procedures were included. However, most people return to work within one to two weeks.

Eyelid surgery from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas can help resolve the appearance of aged, tired eyes due to the effects of gravity and aging. After surgery, you can expect your eyes to look younger and more alert, for a more refreshed, rejuvenated appearance overall.