Brighten Up Your Facial Appearance With an Eyelid Lift in Austin

Over time, many of us start to notice significant signs of aging around the eyes. These changes can take the form of sagging skin on the upper eyelids, dark circles beneath the eyes, or puffiness around the eyes. As a result of these issues, you may constantly appear tired and much older than you really are. At Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, our eyelid lift procedures can combat signs of aging around the eyes to restore your rested and youthful appearance.

What Is an Eyelid Lift?

An eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to reduce signs of aging and other cosmetic issues around the eyes. Depending on the specific needs of the patient, there are two main types of eyelid lifts that we offer at Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:

Upper Blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty is an eyelid surgery technique used to address signs of aging and irregularities on the upper eyelids. Oftentimes, this procedure is performed to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids, which can stop eyelid drooping and improve the patient’s field of vision. Upper blepharoplasty is performed through small incisions made in the creases of the upper eyelids. This procedure can restore the natural crease of the eyes and make them appear more open and youthful. There is also an alternative method of upper eyelid surgery known as ptosis repair, which is used to tighten the levator muscles in the upper eyelids and prevent drooping.

Lower Blepharoplasty

Lower blepharoplasty is a method of eyelid surgery used to reduce signs of aging beneath the eyes, such as dark circles, puffy bags, and wrinkles. Typically, this procedure involves small incisions made just below the eyes, which the surgeon then uses to remove excess fat and tissue. This works to effectively rejuvenate the under-eye area, which makes the eyes look more alert and rested. In some cases, they may also inject fat from another part of the body into the area beneath the eyes to fill in any hollows.

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What to Expect During Your Eyelid Lift Surgery

During your initial consultation, one of our expert plastic surgeons will discuss the eyelid lift procedure with you in great detail. They will answer any questions you may have, examine your eyelids, and listen to your aesthetic goals for the surgery. You and your surgeon will then work together to devise a treatment plan that will satisfy your unique needs.

Your eyelid lift in Austin will likely be performed as an outpatient procedure using either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation.

Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your surgeon will make a tiny incision either beneath your eye or along the crease of your upper eyelid. Then, depending on your specific treatment plan, they will carefully remove and adjust skin and/or fat to achieve your desired outcome. If you’re having both eyes treated, this process will then be repeated on the other eye. Finally, the doctor will close your incision(s) with sutures and apply bandages as needed. After a couple of hours of monitoring to watch for any complications, you’ll be able to head home with someone else driving you.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for an Eyelid Lift?

Adults seeking major rejuvenation around their eyes could be good candidates for an eyelid lift in Austin with our team. Typically, the best candidates are experiencing drooping eyelids, excess eyelid skin, or puffy bags or dark circles beneath the eyes. To be an ideal candidate for the procedure, you should also be in good physical health, not currently pregnant or breastfeeding, and a non-smoker.

Benefits of an Eyelid Lift

An eyelid lift is a versatile procedure that can offer the following benefits:

  • More rested, youthful-looking eyes
  • Reduced under-eye bags, dark circles, or wrinkles
  • Improved field of vision
  • Removal of excess eyelid skin
  • Elimination of “tired eyes” look
  • Improved facial harmony
  • Improved self-confidence

Eyelid Lift Recovery

Immediately following your eyelid surgery, your vision may be a bit blurry, and your eyes may be temporarily covered with light gauze. You’ll experience some swelling and discomfort, and it’s advised that you sleep with your head elevated for the first week of your recovery. Additionally, you will likely be given eye drops or ointment, and it will be important to take them as directed by your doctor. Most patients require around one to two weeks of rest after an eyelid lift before going back to work and resuming their normal routines. However, it’s best to wait at least three to four weeks before participating in any strenuous physical activity. While you’re healing, be sure to minimize activities that can cause eye strain, such as reading and watching television.

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Why Choose Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery for Your Eyelid Lift in Austin?

At Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we have an all-female team of highly respected, award-winning plastic surgeons. While providing you with a comfortable, stress-free experience, our team will create a custom-tailored treatment plan that’s capable of delivering the transformative, natural-looking results that you crave. In addition to improving the aesthetic appearance of our patients, we strive to help each individual achieve greater self-confidence and quality of life. To schedule a private consultation with one of our skilled plastic surgeons, contact us today at (512) 815-0123.

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Eyelid Lift FAQ

How long does an eyelid lift take?

Can you combine upper and lower blepharoplasty?

How long will the results of an eyelid lift last?

How long does an eyelid lift take?

Generally, blepharoplasty takes around one to two hours to complete. However, if you’re having both upper and lower eyelid surgery performed at once, it can take around three hours.

Can you combine upper and lower blepharoplasty?

Yes, if you’re seeking rejuvenation for both your upper and lower eyelids, you and your surgeon can discuss the possibility of having both procedures performed simultaneously.

How long will the results of an eyelid lift last?

Generally, you can expect the results of your eyelid surgery to be permanent. You will look more alert and less tired, and the procedure will turn back the clock on your upper face by up to 10 years. That said, the aging process will continue, and eventually, signs of aging around your eyes will begin creeping back.

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