Eyelid Surgery - Blepharoplasty in Dallas
What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery corrects deformities or disfiguration of the upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty treats the upper or lower eyelid or both, if necessary. As a result, patients obtain a fresher and younger facial appearance.
What Can Eyelid Surgery Do?
The eyes reflect a woman’s actual age—eyelid surgery removes excess folds of skin on the upper eyelid and “bags” under the eyes. Removing hooded skin from the upper and/or lower lid provides a more rested and youthful look. Additionally, fat or loss of muscle can be removed concurrently with skin removal. Patients ready to improve their first signs of aging in the eyes area have the option of undergoing Blepharoplasty in Dallas with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Azouz; his experience and techniques have helped patients improve their eye area, achieving a younger and natural appearance. Request your consultation with Dr. Azouz in Dallas and take the first step to enhance your natural beauty.
Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
Patients who show signs of “hooded” eyes or fat and skin beneath the eyes that have sunken throughout the aging process can benefit most from a blepharoplasty procedure. In some cases, patients can have their vision affected by sagging skin that hangs over the eyes because of aging. During your consultation with Dr. Azouz, he can discuss your eyelid surgery details and determine whether a brow lift may benefit you most. Patients interested in having an eyelift must have no eye conditions that may affect their results.
Eyelid Surgery Benefits
Benefits of having Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery in Dallas include:
- Enhance eye shape
- Reduce eye’s puffiness
- Correction of wrinkles in the lower eye and outer corners
- Removal of saggy skin
- Removal of dark spots
- An upper and lower blepharoplasty can give you a well-rested and more youthful appearance
Types of Eyelid Surgery
There are two types of eyelid surgery that can be performed alone or together in combination. These include upper and lower Blepharoplasty.
Upper eyelid surgery focuses on removing excess skin, fat, and muscle that fall over the natural fold of the eye, creating a small and hooded appearance. Upper eyelid surgery can improve makeup application or even visual acuity by removing excess skin. This technique requires an incision concealed within the natural crease of the eyelid.
Lower eyelid surgery can correct sagging undereye bags through a surgical incision inside the lower eyelid or hidden in the lash line. This allows for access to bags of fat that can be repositioned or removed, along with loose, wrinkled skin. During lower eyelids surgery, fat transfer techniques can be used to fill in tear troughs or sunken, dark circles.
In some women, lax tissue around the eyes can be the first area to show signs of aging and contributes to a sad, disengaged, or even unhealthy appearance. Lower eyelid surgery is an excellent method to improve the contour, and youthfulness of the eyelid by removing sagging, puffiness and drooping tissue around the eyelid.
How does Eyelid Surgery work?
How Eyelid Surgery is performed in Dallas?
Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty in Dallas is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure’s extent depends on your aesthetic goals and Dr. Azouz’s professional opinion on how best to achieve your ideal outcome. The exact location of the incision is decided on an individual basis. Still, Dr. Azouz creates minimalistic incisions concealed in the natural folds of your eyes so that there is virtually no visible scar after surgery. The goal of Blepharoplasty is to open the eye area to reveal a refreshed and vibrant look.
Anesthesia for Eyelid Surgery
Anesthetics for eyelid surgery in Dallas are based on the patient’s comfort and desires. Some patients desire a blepharoplasty performed with local anesthesia only, others request light sedation, and some wish for deep sedation. Dr. Azouz can accommodate patient requests by performing eyelid surgery under a variety of anesthesia methods. Dr. Azouz aims for the best experience possible with eyelid surgery.
Eyelid Surgery recovery
During your treatment process, you will schedule follow-up appointments to ensure you are healing correctly and make sure your eyelid surgery results are improving over time as swelling decreases. After your eyelid surgery, it is necessary to follow Dr. Azouz’s aftercare instructions on caring for your eyes. Generally, this includes the use of a protective ointment and ice-cold compresses to soothe the area.
Many patients wear sunglasses for a few days. While the recovery for this is not particularly painful, you will most likely be nearly healed within two weeks, but recovery time can vary from patient to patient. During the early stages of recovery, you must protect your eyes and sutures from the sun until the healing process is complete. Once healed, the results of your surgery can be enjoyed for the long term. Your results will leave you looking more youthful and refreshed in a rather inconspicuous way.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Results
After Eyelid surgery, patients will see amazing results in their eyes, such as:
- Decrease the look of lines and wrinkles around the eyes, commonly known as crow’s feet.
- More youthful appearance
- Appear less tired
- Better-defined eyelid
- Improve eyelid symmetry
Selecting a Plastic Surgeon for Eyelid Surgery
Dallas patients can have access to premier Eyelid surgeons. Dr. David Azouz and Dr. Solomon Azouz, Both board-certified eyelid plastic surgeons, who have experience in aesthetic and reconstructive eye surgery. Patients interested in learning more about Eyelid Surgery options in Dallas can schedule an in-person or virtual consultation.
Combination of an Eyelid Surgery with Other Plastic Surgeries in Dallas
Patients often choose for Blepharoplasty in combination with plastic surgery procedures of the face, such as:
- Brow lift
- Neck lift
Eyelid Surgery cost
The cost of eyelid surgery in Dallas is based on different factors, such as the extent of the procedure, surgeon and anesthesiologist’s fee, facilities, and tests. In general, it is more cost-effective to perform upper eyelid surgery concurrently with lower eyelid surgery. Dr. Azouz will provide a cost estimate after consultation and will explain different financial options to make eyelid surgery affordable for his patients.
Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Azouz
If you are noticing excess, sagging skin on the upper eyelid, or puffy fat pouches under the eyes, eyelid surgery may be the right procedure for you. Remember that a drooping eyelid may also be due to the forehead or eyebrows sagging, so a consultation with Dr. Azouz is necessary to determine what surgery would be best for you. Contact Azouz Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery to schedule your eyelid surgery consultation today or call us at (972) 702-8888.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are many options for dark circles under the eyes or a prominent tear trough. There are options from skincare, laser, and filler which are non-surgical to surgeries such as lower lid blepharoplasty with orbital fat pad repositioning or injection of fat grafts. Each option has positives and negatives. Orbital rim implants are theoretically permanent but risk extrusion of the implant. Fat grafting is a wonderful method to fill the tear trough and help to give a natural, rejuvenated youthful look. Fat grafting can also help with dark circles of the lower eyelid. Filler (hyaluronic acid such as Juvederm or Restylane) is temporary usually only lasting about a year but fat grafts are theoretically permanent and do not have the risk of encapsulation or extrusion like an orbital implant would. Dr. David Azouz has been rejuvenating lower eyelids in the Dallas Fort Worth area for over 35 years and will determine the best option for the patient. He does this with a detailed history and physical exam assessing the skin, soft tissue, and bony anatomy of the orbit and eyelid.
In general, a patient can begin using sunscreen after eyelid surgery once the incision has closed with enough strength to allow some rubbing and massage. This is usually 2-3 weeks for most patients. Dr. Azouz determines when a patient can begin applying sunscreen or silicone gel in the post-surgical period for the individual patient. Sunscreen and silicone gel are some of the only proven skincare regimens proven to make scars the best they can be. Sunscreen is critical in preventing hypertrophic and hyperpigmented scars. That being said, eyelid surgery has some of the best hidden and best healing scars in plastic surgery.
Prominent tear trough is caused by the osteocutaneous ligament (tear trough ligament). This ligament is found on the maxilla (cheekbone), and between the palpebral and orbital portions of the orbicularis oculi muscle (a circular muscle that surrounds the eyelid). It extends from medial canthus to mid-pupillary line, from there it continues on as the orbicularis oculi retaining ligament. This area can cause a tired or aged appearance of the eyelid as fat descends or atrophies with aging. It can be filled with fillers like Juvederm or Restylane (which are temporary lasting about a year) or with fat grafting (more permanent).
Prior to your procedure, Dr. Azouz will supply you will specific pre-op instructions, as well as answer any questions that you may have. A physical examination will also take place to ensure you are healthy enough for surgery. Individuals who smoke will be asked to stop smoking at least six weeks before surgery to ensure better healing. You may also be asked to avoid certain medications that may increase bleeding.
Eyelid surgery results should be long-lasting. However, the aging process will continue, and results may be slightly affected as time goes on. Also, be sure to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and wear sunscreen whenever outdoors to prolong results.
As with any type of cosmetic surgery, eyelid surgery has some risks and side effects. These include redness, bruising, swelling, allergic reaction, scarring, changes in sensation, infection and/or bleeding, and hematoma or seroma. Any and all risks can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Azouz.
If eyelid surgery is being done solely for cosmetic reasons, insurance will not cover the costs. However, if hanging upper eyelid skin is impairing your line of vision, insurance may assist in the costs. Contact your insurance provider today to ask what plastic surgery procedures they will cover.
As we get older, our skin slowly loses its elasticity. Genetics causes this, and to a lesser extent, environmental exposures. This skin loosening causes the skin to gather in both the upper and lower eyelids. Skin laxity on the lower eyelid causes wrinkles and redundancy. Fat accumulation and weakening of the eyelid muscles cause bulging. Muscle hypertrophy, laxity, and separation can also play a role in a less aesthetically pleasing eyelid. Eyelid surgery removes the skin, repositions or removes fat, can remove and or reposition muscle and can improve dark circles, or hollowing of the tear trough. Eyelid surgery can also recreate the natural fold in the upper eyelid. This can improve vision and the ability to apply makeup in the upper lid.
Eyelid Surgery Patient Review for Dr. Azouz
“Dr. Azouz performed my facelift and eye lift and I am so pleased!! I never experienced any pain and never took a pain pill. I look natural and everybody thinks I look 10 years younger but they can’t figure out why! I flew to Dallas from out of town especially to have the procedure done and it was so worth it. Dr. Azouz was caring and kind and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for plastic surgery.”