Dallas Plastic Surgeon Dr. David Azouz Discusses Eyelid Surgery: Definitions, Cost, Treatment and More!

If you’ve begun to notice the signs of aging, it’s likely that you’ve noticed loose skin around the eyes. Loose skin around the eyes is largely due to genetic causes.  Over time, the eyelids are one of the first places to sag and lose firmness.  This can make you look tired, sad or unhappy. In some cases, loose skin can also affect vision. Loose skin around the eye is called dermatochalasis, and upper and lower lid blepharoplasty procedures are effective plastic surgery solutions.

What is Dermatochalasis?

Dermatochalasis refers to loose skin around the eyelids.  This can cause a “baggy” appearance to the lower eyelid and a “hooded” appearance to the upper eyelid.  In the upper eyelid, the loose skin can hang down into the visual field, causing less light to reach the pupil.  This can make the vision poor at night or in other low light situations. Both loose skin around the eyelid or a droopy eyelid (part of a condition called ptosis), can also affect the ability to perform tasks like driving or reading.

What is the difference between Ptosis and Dermatochalasis?

Ptosis is caused by paralysis or muscle weakness rather than excessive skin.  Ptosis can present at birth known as “congenital ptosis”, and can be acquired meaning it is caused by a trauma.  Some patients have ptosis from repeated stretch injury due to wearing hard contact lenses, from cataract surgery where the eye is propped open or from tumors around the orbit. Ptosis can also be the result of an injury to the bones or soft tissues around the eye.

Eyelid Surgery in Dallas, Fort Worth

Drooping eyelids will usually need surgery in the form of blepharoplasty, which removes excess skin, muscle and fat. Dr. Azouz can also tighten the levator muscles for additional lift and repositioning.  Eyelid surgery can offer a more cosmetic and younger appearance.  In patients where the eyelid is blocking light from reaching the eye, it can also improve your vision.  Dr. Azouz can also recreate the fold of the eye lid so that it is easier to apply makeup.

Cost of Eyelid Surgery

The cost of eyelid surgery is variable and very dependent on the individual patient.  Financing options are available.  Insurance does not usually cover eye-lid surgery and almost never covers primary lower lid surgery.  Dr. Azouz will assess the individual patients needs and can provide a quote for the cost of eyelid surgery after a history and physical examination is performed.  Patients usually can improve the cost of their plastic surgery procedures by combining the surgery with cosmetic face and body procedures such as liposuction, facelift, breast augmentation, and gynecomastia surgery.

Final Results of Eyelid Surgery

Dr. Azouz will provide recommendations on eye drops and icing to to keep the eyes moisturized and free of irritation after eyelid surgery. It’s important to avoid rubbing or itching your eyes while they recover. After a fully recovery, patients enjoy a more youthful and refreshed look without sagging, or excess skin. In the case of corrected dermatochalasis or ptosis many patients enjoy improvement to the vision after swelling subsides and the final results emerge.

Schedule a Consultation with Dallas Plastic Surgeon Dr. Azouz Today!

Eyelid surgery can be an excellent option for refreshing your. To get started, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azouz who can plan the ideal facial procedure for you and your goals. Dr. Azouz also combines eyelid surgery with rhinoplasty, neck liposuction, neck lifts, facelifts and brow lifts.  We invite you to contact us by calling us at 972-702-8888 or by filling out our online contact form.

Consider Eyelid Surgery to Achieve a More Youthful Appearance

Many people consider having blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, in order to remove and tighten up their excess eyelid skin. Eyelid surgery helps patients achieve a more youthful, alert appearance. Eyelid surgery can also improve your vision by allowing more light to reach the eye as loose skin can act as a shade over the eye

Blepharoplasty routinely removes excess fat, skin, and muscle from the lower and upper eyelids. Some people only require skin to be removed during eyelid surgery but this is rare. You may also need to have the surgery done on both lower and upper eyelids. Dr. Azouz performs blepharoplasty at various facilities in Dallas and Plano, providing patients with a youthful appearance while keeping the eyelids functional.

What is Cosmetic Blepharoplasty?

This procedure is not a medical necessity and is done for cosmetic purposes only. As we age, our upper and lower eyelids can begin to droop or become baggy. If this occurs, your eyebrows may even sag or droop down. The skin of the eyelid stretches, the muscles weaken, and fat pockets can start to appear more prominent.

These conditions can detract from the beauty of the eyes and face. They can also cause a person to look older than they actually are. A board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. David Azouz can perform a blepharoplasty to improve the appearance of the eyes, which helps to improve the overall look and youthfulness of the face.

When is Eyelid Surgery Necessary?

A functional blepharoplasty occurs when there is a medical necessity for it. One of the most common reasons why this surgery may be necessary is when loose skin drooping down low enough that it severely impairs vision. This can cause problems with driving and other daily tasks.

Other conditions that require functional blepharoplasty include:

  • Irritation that occurs from eye lashes rubbing the eye
  • Discomfort or pain in the forehead from overworked muscles that severely and constantly strain to lift up the sagging eyelid skin with severe headaches

Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. David Azouz has decades of experience performing this type of procedure and routinely provides his patients with world-class results.

Am I a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

If you are experiencing sagging or drooping skin around your eyes, you may consider eyelid surgery. Remember, this problem is usually normal with ageing and is often due to genetics. Sagging and puffy skin may also be exaggerated if you have other medical issues that irritate your eyes, such as edema or allergies.

Dr. Azouz offers a comprehensive exam of the face and eyes and can guide patients as to what eyelid surgery is best for them. Many patients elect to combine eyelid surgery with a facelift, neck lift or liposuction of the neck.  Some patients elect to combine eyelid surgery with breast augmentation, breast lift, gynecomastia or liposuction surgery.

Tips for Your Successful Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Despite how advanced plastic surgery techniques have become, you can still expect some downtime after your procedure. If you’ve undergone eyelid surgery, some recovery time can seem overwhelming as you wait for your new eye profile. However, it’s important to follow any instructions given by Dr. Azouz to ensure you stay healthy and risk-averse. Here are some tips to ensure your recovery goes smoothly.

Managing Discomfort

Eyelid surgery can be a straightforward plastic surgery that isn’t as invasive as other options, but you can still expect some discomfort or pain as you recover. It’s important to follow instructions for any medications you’re prescribed, as these can reduce both pain and swelling. For additional effectiveness, you can use a cold compress at the treatment area. Dr. Azouz recommends the use of certain eyedrops to keep your eyes lubricated and reduce itchiness, so be sure to use these to manage any discomfort from incisions or dryness. Dr. Azouz will ensure you know which ones to look for in the preparation of your surgery date.

Protecting Your Eyes

As with any incision or surgical site, it’s important to protect it from harmful things. This is especially important after eyelid surgery since complications can be very dangerous to your eyes’ necessary functions. Your eyes may be very sensitive during this time, so wearing dark, protective sunglasses during this time can help to reduce stress on your eyesight. It can also prevent your incisions from being exposed to UV-rays, which can exaggerate scarring. If you opt to wear protective SPF, be sure to get a recommendation from Dr. Azouz on which products will be best. It’s also important to protect your incisions with any bandages or strips that are applied for your recovery. These can effectively prevent infection, so be sure to follow care instructions for your incisions.

What to Avoid

Even though recovery is temporary, it’s still highly important to avoid certain things until your incisions are healed. This includes certain skincare products and cosmetics that can aggravate your incisions or cause infection. It can be tempting to cover up any bruising if you choose to go into public, but you should be sure to check with Dr. Azouz before using any products near your eyes in order to ensure your recovery goes smoothly. You should also avoid wearing your contact lenses for a few weeks after surgery, as these can irritate your eyes further. Even though it can be uncomfortable, it’s also very important to avoid itching, scratching, or rubbing your eyes until you’re recovered.

Your recovery is only one step in your eyelid surgery process, and with effective aftercare, you can enjoy your excellent results without complication. To schedule your blepharoplasty consultation or ask questions about what to expect from your recovery, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.

What You Should Know Before Undergoing Eyelid Surgery

Are you tired of living with droopy skin around your eyes that make you look older than you feel? If so, it may be time to consider eyelid surgery. This procedure can have a drastic effect on the face and improve a person’s self-confidence. If you are considering eyelid surgery for a more youthful appearance, read on for some vital things you need to know before undergoing surgery.

The Procedure Details

Before undergoing any type of procedure, it is important to understand what to expect. When it comes to eyelid surgery, there are two different techniques that can be used. The type of eyelid surgery you require may vary depending on the shape of your eyes and your medical history. These eyelid surgery techniques include:

Upper Eyelid Surgery– is used mainly to improve loss of vision due to drooping skin and the appearance of the eye due to aging and genetics. It focuses on the upper lid, and can create a more rounded, open appearance to the eyes.

Lower Eyelid Surgery– is based around the lower lid and eyes, focusing on removing wrinkles and bags to improve appearance.

Possible Side Effects

As with any form of invasive surgery, there are potential complications and side effects involved with eyelid surgery. The first thing to understand is that results will take time to manifest. It can take up to a year post-op to see the full benefits of an eyelid lift. Other side effects may include scarring, bruising, or swelling of the eye area. Eye itchiness, dryness, and other discomfort can be medicated with eye drops or prescriptions.

What to Look for in a Surgeon

Choosing the right plastic surgeon is one of the most important steps to your plastic surgery journey. Be sure to look for a board certified plastic surgeon who has experience performing eyelid surgery. You may need to schedule multiple consultations before you find the surgeon that is right for you.

If you are interested in learning more about eyelid surgery in the Dallas area, contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Azouz.