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Gravity and age can take a toll on the thin, fragile skin on your eyelids. Loose, hanging skin can eventually obstruct your vision and create the impression that you’re older than you are. You may also constantly fend off questions about how tired you look and whether you’re getting enough sleep. Eyelid surgery — also known as blepharoplasty or an eye lift — removes excess skin, eliminates puffiness and removes the bags under your eyes.*
Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Dellinger has over 20 years in practice performing facial plastic surgery, including eyelid surgery. The team at Elysian Plastic Surgery in Austin works with men and women throughout Texas who are interested facial rejuvenation with an eyelid lift.
Contact us online or call our Austin office at 512-229-1978 to learn more your options for blepharoplasty.
Eyelid surgery can be an effective treatment for healthy men and women who are bothered by droopy skin in their upper or lower eyelids and have realistic expectations. You may be a good candidate if you struggle to see clearly because of loose skin in the upper eyelid, have skin that falls below the natural fold in your upper eyelids, sagging lower eyelids, extra skin and wrinkles in your lower eyelids and puffiness, bags or dark circles under your eyes.
For more extensive rejuvenation, Dr. Dellinger may suggest combining your procedure with a forehead lift if you have a fallen brow and creases in your forehead. Eyelid surgery is also commonly combined with a facelift for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation results.*
At your consultation, Dr. Dellinger will examine your eyelids, talk with you about your goals and explain how eyelid surgery can be tailored to fit your unique concerns. Depending on your needs, you can have eyelid surgery on just the upper or lower eyelids or both.
You will be under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia throughout your eyelid surgery, which takes about an hour to two hours to perform. During blepharoplasty, Dr. Dellinger makes tiny incisions in the natural crease of your upper eyelids and just below your eyelashes or inside the eyelid for lower eyelid surgery. Your scars should fade into the natural lines of your eyelids. Depending on your needs, Dr. Dellinger then removes extra skin and fat, repositions the skin and tightens the muscles in the lower eyelids.*
Although you should be able to go home the same day as your eyelid surgery, you should plan on taking it easy for several days and keep your head higher than your chest when you lay down. Your eyes may feel irritated or dry and you may have some bruising and swelling immediately after your procedure. Dr. Dellinger may recommend using a lubricating ointment and cool compresses for the first few days to protect your eyes and ease any discomfort. You should avoid strenuous activity and may wear dark sunglasses for at least the first 2 weeks.*
Your eyelid surgery results should be long-lasting, though aging can continue to affect the area around your eyes. Wearing sunscreen and sunglasses may help maintain your results.*
To schedule your eyelid surgery consultation, please call our Austin plastic surgery practice at 512-229-1978 or request a consultation online.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.