Eyelid Lift – Blepharoplasty (Upper or Lower Eyelid Lift Surgery) – Houston & The Woodlands, TX*

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About Eyelid Surgery

A person's eyes are a beautiful feature of the face that deserves to be visible, but sometimes an excess of skin around the eyes can produce a tired and unflattering facial appearance. Even if you eat well, exercise regularly, and get a full night’s sleep, you can still have drooping eyelids and bags under your eyes that make you appear tired or worn out. You may also not benefit from "miracle" creams or facial services available on the market today, but an eyelid lift surgery can make a huge difference in the appearance of your eyes. In The Woodlands, TX, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul S. Gill can lift excess skin and tissue from around your eye area, helping you to not only look refreshed but more youthful, too.

Eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) is performed to reduce excess skin and rejuvenate the lower and/or upper eyelid, creating a softer look. So many men and women receive eyelid surgery at The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology to eliminate saggy eyelids, leading to improved functionality and facial appearance. Blepharoplasty, whether lower or upper, creates a more awakened, vibrant appearance and can give you natural yet noticeable improvements. If you want to learn more about refreshing your eyes with eyelid lift surgery, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gill at his practice in The Woodlands, TX.

Ideal Candidates

Upper or lower blepharoplasty is a facial cosmetic enhancement that is performed on both women and men. Generally, ideal candidates are frustrated with excess, drooping skin folds that exist on the top eyelid, or bloated skin just under the bottom eyelid. These irregularities can cause functional and vision difficulties that can get in the way of normal, everyday activities. Most candidates for eyelid surgery are in their mid-thirties or older and experience drooping eyelids or bags that make them look tired and may even negatively affect their vision. Some of our patients have a hereditary condition called blepharoptosis, where the eyelid muscle stops working properly, which is the muscle that keeps your eyes open.

Who does not make a great eyelid surgical patient? If you have thyroid problems, insufficient tears, circulatory disorders, diabetes, or glaucoma, Dr. Gill may ask you to undergo further medical evaluations, like a vision test, to make sure you suitable for eyelid surgery.

Surgical Technique

Depending on the type and complex nature of the eyelid surgery, some form of anesthesia (a local or sedation) will be provided. This procedure may be done on the top eyelid, on the bottom eyelid, or on both eyelids.

  • Upper
    Upper eyelid surgery decreases the folds of skin that impair vision to produce a more awakened and appealing look. The incision point is often placed along the lid crease to excise loose skin and fatty tissue.
  • Lower
    Eyelid correction on the lower lid is performed to improve puffy and bulging skin beneath the lower lid. In most cases, an incision is carefully made along the lash line to surgically remove tissue and fat, and the skin is subtly lifted to allow for a softer, flatter look. Sometimes, a nonsurgical laser procedure may be incorporated to help with discoloration, while fillers can be used for more smoothness and softening if desired.

For the 1 – 3-hour eyelid procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic and sedation. When he makes his incisions, Dr. Gill will work in the natural creases around your eyes and beneath your lower lashes to minimize incision visibility. Any excess tissue around the eyes will be discarded and the leftover skin and tissue will be repositioned. In some cases, Dr. Gill may only lift excess fat and not skin from the lower eyelids to achieve the desired aesthetic result. Using very fine sutures, Dr. Gill will close the incisions and apply a dressing.

What to Expect

After this outpatient surgery, you should plan about a week to recover and rest at home. A cold compress can assist in reducing discomfort, swelling, and bruising. The outcomes from blepharoplasty may last a decade or longer, but while they are long-lasting, aging does not stop. To maintain your surgical outcomes, other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments at The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, such as fillers, peels, and lasers, can be added to create a youthful-looking appearance.

After your surgery, it is not uncommon for your eyes to feel tight and sore, but discomfort will be managed with medication. You will need to keep your head elevated and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising. You cannot wear contact lenses for about two weeks and should also avoid exercise for up to three weeks after this eye surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Blepharoplasty costs will vary based on whether you're getting a lower eyelid lift, upper, or both. When your surgical plan is decided in your initial consultation, Dr. Gill can go over cost estimates. Health insurance companies may offer partial financial coverage of functional eyelid surgery so if you’re interested in this procedure, it’s worth inquiring about coverage. The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology takes several payment methods, including low-interest financing.

Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
When hanging skin is affecting your sight, your insurance might cover some of your surgical fees. Please talk to Dr. Gill in your initial consultation if you are considering applying for an insurance claim. A team member at The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology can help you submit the required paperwork and information to your provider to consider your claim. Generally, you will require a letter from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that blepharoplasty is medically necessary to restore your vision.

What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Eyelid surgery doesn't just help to rejuvenate your face, but it can also give you other benefits. You may discover your field of vision is greater once excess skin on your upper eyelid is gone. It is also easier to put on eyeshadow and other makeup products once your upper lid is smooth. Getting rid of fine lines, paper-thin skin, dark circles, and puffy bags on your lower eyelid may help your eyes appear fuller and brighter even without a lot of makeup.

Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Wrinkles on your forehead and the corners of your eyes (Crow's feet) might be better corrected with a brow lift or facelift because the improvements of blepharoplasty are limited to the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty may be performed with a nonsurgical treatment, like BOTOX, which can smooth wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. Wrinkle fillers, like Juvéderm or Restylane, may help to add volume for a smoother appearance. In your initial consultation, Dr. Gill will develop your personal treatment plan to fit your goals.

What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Noninvasive skin tightening procedures, plus injectable treatments (for example, Juvéderm, Restylane, and BOTOX) may give you mild improvements. Although, if you want to fix moderate to severe loose skin or would like to see results that last a long time, eyelid surgery is the better choice for your needs. After you tell Dr. Gill, he will give you his suggestions for a surgical or nonsurgical treatment plan. He might also recommend several combinations of options for ideal results.

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Average Cost  
$4,500 - $6,500
Recovery Time  
1 - 2 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1 Hour
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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Accentuate Your Aging Eyes

If you find it difficult to see or you are frustrated by bulging bags underneath your eyes, then upper or lower blepharoplasty at The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology may be the answer for you. This plastic surgery is an enhancement that can allow you to look and feel refreshed and youthful. We encourage you to get in touch with our office in The Woodlands, TX to learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Gill today. He is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with numerous satisfied patients, has performed many blepharoplasty procedures, and will be available to advise you in a private appointment at your earliest convenience.

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