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What is Blepharoplasty?

More commonly known as an Eyelid Surgery is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids.

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids.

Surgery can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids or both.

Whether you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing functional problems with your eyelids, eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes.

Blepharoplasty / Eyelid Surgery in Houston


Every year thousands of men and women enjoy a rejuvenated look with blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery in Houston. Also called an “eyelid lift”, the positive effects of this surgery can last for up to 15 years. Although some people actually are born with puffy lower eyelids, for most of us it’s a sign of aging. As you get older, your eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken and fat can accumulate around the eyes causing “bags.”

Whatever the reason, there is no need to look tired when you don’t feel tired. Eyelid surgery reduces fat, excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. The best candidates for this surgery generally are men and women 30 years and older.

What Happens During Surgery?

Before eyelid surgery, the surgeon marks the areas where incisions will be made. To minimize scarring, these marks follow the natural lines and creases of the upper and lower eyelids. Fat, excess skin and muscle may be excised during the procedure and fine sutures close the incision.

Benefits of Blepharoplasty.

Fewer Fine Lines
Having fewer individual lines, with the lifting of each lid many patients will show a considerable decrease in the amount of lines. Receiving a Blepharoplasty can have youthful effects on the skin, similar to a chemical peel.

No More Bags
Often time related to lack of sleep. Often appearing as dark circles around the eye. Receiving a lower eyelid lift removes those baggy areas by eliminating excess skin and tissue below the eye.

Improved Vision
If suffering from a heavy upper eyelid which can cause drooping of the upper eye lid, it can cause some concern. The excess skin and tissue cause the eyebrow to possibly impair your visual perception. With removal of the excess, a patient’s forehead can give a great deal of comfort due to now having to constantly raise the upper lid for proper visibility.

Eyelid surgery can be performed in an office-based facility, outpatient surgical center or hospital. It usually is performed on an outpatient basis, not requiring an overnight stay. Local anesthesia typically is used with some intravenous sedation. The procedure can take one to three hours, depending on the areas being treated.

In younger patients, it now is possible to reduce fat in the lower lid area by employing a procedure known as transconjunctival blepharoplasty. This procedure consists of making incisions inside the lower eyelid that leave no visible scar. This procedure works best on younger patients whose skin is elastic.

After Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty Surgery

Postoperative pain is usually mild and relieved with oral medications. You may resume exercise within three weeks. Swelling and bruising will subside in a few weeks; it is important to elevate the head while sleeping. Sutures are removed within the first week of surgery. Within 10 to 14 days, most people return to work or social situations and feel comfortable in public with makeup covering the incision lines. Scars will be either on the inside of your eyelid or hidden in the crease and typically fade very quickly.Of course, as with any major medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with Houston eyelid surgery, which should be discussed with a qualified physician.If eyelid surgery/blepharoplasty interests you, and you would like to learn more, contact Dr. Schusterman’s office at 713-794-0368 or email us today.

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