Blepharoplasty in Austin, TX

A blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, from Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is a procedure that can address several problems in the eye area. Changes to the eye area over time may be due to a combination of aging, heredity, and damage to the skin from stress, smoking, or sun damage. Cosmetic problems that develop over time may include excess wrinkled and sagging skin on the eyelids, a drooping lower lid, bags below the eyes, and pockets of fat around the eye that create a permanent appearance of puffiness.

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Contact the office of Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery to set up a consultation to learn more about eyelid surgery in Austin, TX. Call (512) 815-0123 or send a message online.


Why Should You Consider Eyelid Surgery?

The eyes are "the windows to the soul," a primary tool for communication, and are a main focal point of the face. Loose upper eyelid skin and dark circles under the eyes can cause an old, tired look. Under-eye bags can contribute to a look of tiredness. Upper-lid drooping can also give you a sleepy appearance and can even interfere with a clear field of vision. The lower lid can pull downward and away from the eye, revealing redness inside the lid and more of the eye itself.

If you want to gain a more youthful, rested look around the eyes you may consider eyelid surgery in Austin, TX.


Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

If your upper or lower eyelids have become loose, saggy, heavy, or puffy, you may be an excellent candidate for blepharoplasty. We can help you make a confident decision about surgery by providing you with detailed information based on your unique skin and objectives.

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Different Types of Blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty is the technique that rejuvenates the upper eyelids. It is performed through small incisions made in the crease of the upper eyelids. This procedure can restore the natural crease of the eyes and make them appear more open and youthful.

Lower blepharoplasty

Lower blepharoplasty is the technique that smooths puffiness and sagging skin from the lower eyelids. It is performed through short incisions hidden just inside the lower eyelids.

If your upper or lower eyelids have become loose, saggy, heavy, or puffy, you may be an excellent candidate for blepharoplasty. We can help you make a confident decision about surgery by providing you with detailed information based on your unique skin and objectives.


Your Eyelid Surgery Experience

Eyelid surgery options will be discussed with you in detail during your initial consultation with Dr. Kurtovic. This time will also allow her to examine your eyelids and determine the degree of laxity that needs correcting on the upper lid, lower lid, or both.

During a blepharoplasty, our surgeons will make incisions hidden in the crease on the upper lid and along the lash line of the lower lid. She will then trim the sagging skin and fill hollowed areas with fat, providing new, youthful contours. In addition, she may tighten the underlying orbicularis oculi muscle.

Blepharoplasty is a common procedure with dramatic results and minimal pain and has hidden scarring. You can expect some mild bruising and swelling but can be back to work in one to two weeks looking rested and refreshed. Eyelid surgery and other cosmetic procedures are performed in an accredited outpatient surgical facility.

Will my Results be Permanent?

Blepharoplasty trims excess skin to achieve long-lasting improvements. Surgery does not stop future age-related changes to the skin and fatty tissue around the eyes. However, most people never need to repeat their blepharoplasty procedure.

Blepharoplasty Aftercare

Patients are released shortly after their procedure to be driven home by a loved one. At first, vision may be blurry and the eyes may be covered with light gauze. Upon returning home, patients are advised to take their pain medication as directed, even if they still feel comfortable due to the effects of anesthesia. Comfort can also be maintained with cool compresses.

Initially, patients should sleep on their back with their head elevated. This may be easiest in a recliner but can be accommodated by sleeping on two or three pillows. Eye drops or ointment must be used as directed for at least a few days.

Recovery from Eyelid Surgery

After the initial few days of rest and recovery, patients can expect their blepharoplasty healing to progress smoothly. Swelling and bruising can continue for approximately 10 days, which is why surgeons recommend taking 2 weeks off work. Incisions made in the upper eyelid crease may look pink for several days. Because incisions are small and within the crease, they may be relatively obscured by skin. In addition to swelling and bruising, it is not uncommon for patients to experience sensitivity to light, dryness, and watering for several days. Dark sunglasses should be worn when going outdoors.

As the eyes continue to heal, patients should minimize activities that can cause eye strain. Examples include reading, watching television, and using digital devices.  Strenuous exercise, swimming, and using a sauna or hot tub should be avoided for 2 weeks. By six weeks post-op, most of the swelling, bruising, and redness around incisions should be gone. The outcome of eyelid surgery becomes beautifully apparent at this point.

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Download Our Cosmetic Surgery Post-Operative Care Guides

We've compiled detailed post-operative care instructions to best equip our cosmetic surgery patients throughout their recovery process. To ensure the best and safest recovery, your plan encompasses appropriate prescriptions and clear directions towards maintaining your comfort to get you back to normal life and activity as soon as possible. Individual patients respond uniquely, and the type of procedure may differ, but these basic guidelines will help you along your journey.


Eyelid Surgery FAQ

Possible risks of eyelid surgery include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Dry eye irritation
  • Difficulty closing one or both eyes fully
  • Skin discoloration, noticeable scarring
  • Injury to the eye muscles

It is important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience performing eyelid rejuvenation surgery. Proper training and experience enable a surgeon to hone their skills that reduce the risks of complications.

Blepharoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure using appropriate anesthesia. Both local and general anesthesia techniques inhibit the transmission of pain signals from the body to the brain. Patients are completely comfortable during their surgery. Prescription pain medication helps maintain comfort after the procedure.


Make the Most of Your Eyelid Surgery in Austin, TX

While a blepharoplasty addresses the eyelids themselves, a brow lift is the solution for a drooping forehead that can create a tired look or give your expression a constant scowl. When performed together, brow and eyelid surgery can create a more alert appearance, opening your expressions to be pleasant, youthful, and inviting.
Sagging lower on the face can also happen as you age and is addressed by a facelift or neck lift. Dr. Kurtovic may also use fat grafting to contour the face, creating a youthful fullness of the cheeks and smooth facial contours.

For other signs of aging around the eyes, nonsurgical solutions are available. BOTOX® Cosmetic is used to relax the muscles that cause crow's feet, horizontal forehead lines, and frown lines. In some cases, nonsurgical treatments and surgical procedures can be used together to create an overall look of rejuvenation.

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To find out more about eyelid surgery, or any other facial surgery procedures or related treatments, send us a message or call our office at (512) 815-0123 to schedule a consultation.

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