Eyelid Lift – Blepharoplasty Austin

How would I know I need a Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)?:

Are people asking if you didn’t get enough sleep last night?

Perhaps you received comments like “You look tired today”, or maybe you notice the same thing when you look in the mirror.

Asking yourself where those bags under your eyes came from or notice excess skin in your upper eyelids?

If you’re answering yes to some of these questions, you may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery, which removes excess skin and fat and tightens the structures of the eyelids.

What’s happening to my eyelids that’s causing this condition?

The eyelid area is intertwined with the structures both above (brows and forehead) and below (cheeks and lower face) so changes that go on in those areas affect the eyelids. Genetics plays a big factor as do environmental issues such and smoking and allergies.

All these conditions lead to development of excess drooping skin in the upper eyelids and excess skin and bags in the lower eyelids. The eyelid structures themselves may weaken and droop either blocking vision from above or sagging in the lower lids causing irritation and dry eyes.

How are the eyelids corrected?

The upper lids are generally treated by removal of the excess skin and some of the fat. Some patients may need elevation of the brow areas as well, known as a browlift. In some cases, additional work may need to be done to improve upper eyelid function.

The lower eyelids are treated by removal of excess fat, resulting in the appearance of “bags”, as well as some skin if needed. Some patients require tightening of the lower eyelid to provide better structural support.

How long does this take and do I have to be put to sleep?

The procedure general takes about an hour to 1½ hours to perform. While you can have a full anesthetic, most patients choose either oral sedation or IV “Twilight” sedation.

What’s the downtime like?

Recovery is quick and virtually pain free, however you should take it easy for the first few days. After 72 hours you can resume limited activity and increase as the days go by. We suggest refraining from exercise for 10-14 days.

Who is a good candidate?

  • Patients with excess skin in the upper eyelids, weighing down and possibly interfering with vision.
  • Lower eyelid bags possibly combined with excess skin.
  • Drooping lower eyelid exposing the lower part of the eye
  • Patients who have realistic expectations.

Who is a poor candidate?

  • Patients in otherwise poor health – poorly controlled diabetes or uncontrolled high blood pressure for example.
  • Patients who smoke are encouraged to quit prior to the procedure and for a few weeks after.

How do I prepare for the surgery?

  • Plan on having someone stay with you full-time after the procedure for at least the first 24 hours.
  • You’ll feel most comfortable in a position with your head elevated
  • Have cold compresses or gel packs available to reduce swelling and discomfort after surgery.

What happens the day of surgery?

  • You’ll meet with Dr. Dellinger, our anesthesia staff and nurses to answer any remaining questions and help prepare you for the procedure.
  • During the surgery you’ll be given an anesthetic of your choice.

What are potential complications?

  • The rate of complications for this procedure is very low, but your surgery and recovery will be very closely monitored to prevent any possible problems.
  • Potential complications will be explained during your consultation which will also be provided in writing.
  • We want you or your caregiver to contact us with any concerns you may have.

How do I get started?

  • Schedule a consultation where you’ll meet with out Patient Coordinator and Dr. Dellinger to determine how best to meet your goals and expectations. You’ll be able to discuss scheduling and pricing options.

 

At Elysian Plastic Surgery, Dr. Dellinger, our nurses and staff are committed to the highest levels of care, state-of-the-art technology, and unrivaled patient care.

More information about Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)  can be found at Medscape