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All About Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery in The Woodlands and Spring, TX, is designed to improve the appearance of your upper or lower eyelid area when the aging process has caused your skin to lose elasticity and show signs of drooping or sagging. Blepharoplasty (the technical term for eyelid surgery) effectively reduces puffiness caused by fat pockets and can also enhance the overall shape of your eyelids for a more pleasing and attractive look.

  • Average Cost: $6,700 to $11,000
  • Typical Recovery Period: Two to Three Weeks
  • Discomfort Level: Mild
  • Anesthesia Options: Local, General, IV Sedation

What is the Difference Between Eyelid Surgery and Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid Surgery

This term covers any surgery done on your eyelids. It includes different procedures like blepharoplasty (to fix eyelid appearance), ptosis surgery (for droopy eyelids), repairs for eyelid problems like ectropion or entropion repair (to correct eyelid malpositions), and removing eyelid tumors.

Blepharoplasty

This surgery focuses on making your eyelids look better by dealing with too much skin, muscle, or fat. It can be done on both upper and lower eyelids and is often chosen to freshen up your look, improve vision if droopy eyelids are in the way, or make you look more awake.

What are Upper Blepharoplasty and Lower Blepharoplasty?

Upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty are two types of eyelid surgeries aimed at improving the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids, respectively:

Upper Blepharoplasty

This procedure focuses on the upper eyelids. It typically involves the removal of excess skin, muscle, and sometimes fat from the upper eyelids to address issues such as drooping eyelids or hooded appearance. Upper blepharoplasty can help rejuvenate the eyes, improve vision obstruction caused by excess skin, and create a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Lower Blepharoplasty

Lower blepharoplasty targets the lower eyelids. It usually involves removing or repositioning excess skin, muscle, and fat to reduce under-eye bags, puffiness, or wrinkles. Lower blepharoplasty can also address issues like sagging lower eyelids or hollowing under the eyes, resulting in a more rested and youthful appearance.

Bilateral Blepharoplasty

Both upper and lower blepharoplasty can be performed separately or combined, depending on the patient's specific concerns and desired outcomes. It's essential to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. Cho to determine the most suitable approach based on individual needs and goals.

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Look Refreshed with Eyelid Surgery

The aging process impacts us all in different ways. Some of us notice changes to our upper or lower eyelids at an age that we feel is appropriate, while others might feel as though we experience these changes a bit too early. In either case, the Integrated Aesthetics team is here to help.

Dr. Cho at Integrated Aesthetics can perform customized eyelid surgery area to make you appear more rested and youthful, improving the appearance of your eyelids and generally creating a more youthful look. Eyelid surgery can be combined with brow surgery or dermal fillers like Restylane or Juvéderm, as well as injectables like BOTOX Cosmetic and Dysport that elevate the corners of the brows and pull up the eyelids.

To learn more about how eyelid surgery can help you realize your cosmetic goals and enjoy a more confidence-inspiring look, reach out to us at our Spring, TX location and set up your consultation with a helpful member of our team today.

Your Informative Eye Lift Consultation

Prior to your consultation, our goal will be to learn as much as possible about you so we can effectively prepare for your visit and understand your concerns, goals, timeline, and budget. This way, we’ll be able to effectively determine the appropriate tools and options, so you can enjoy your ideal results.

During your consultation, you and Dr. Cho or Dr. Chiang will discuss your cosmetic goals in depth. Dr. Cho will also perform a physical assessment before working with you to craft a treatment plan that realizes your cosmetic goals. After discussing your options, you will further review your quotes and review the next steps of your aesthetics plan.

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Preparing You for Eyelid Surgery

During your consultation, we’ll ensure that you're given thorough pre- and post-operative instructions so you can effectively prepare for your eyelid surgery and care for yourself following the procedure. We’ll schedule follow-up appointments with you, and our team will be available to you throughout the healing process to address any concerns you might have. (Note that avoiding tobacco products and alcohol and discontinuing blood-thinning medications are critical in the days and weeks before your eyelid surgery.)

Before your surgery, Dr. Cho may instruct you to visit your ophthalmologist to make sure you don’t have any eye conditions that present a problem for this surgery. Depending on your unique needs and concerns, Dr. Cho will recommend upper eye surgery, lower eye surgery, or a combination of both. Dr. Cho will then explain everything you need to know about the procedure, including your anesthesia options, incision placement, and the techniques he’ll be using to ultimately create your impressive results.

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Benefits of Eyelid Surgery

The aging process can impact your appearance in many ways, but excess fat can often be present due to simple genetics. Whether you have been frustrated by your appearance for a long time or are noticing changes as you get older, a blepharoplasty in The Woodlands and Spring, TX, can help you enjoy a more alert and open appearance and can work to restore a more youthful glow.

Our patients love eyelid surgery for the following reasons:

  • Eyelid surgery can make you look more youthful and refreshed.
  • Eyelid surgery may be performed under local anesthesia.
  • The recovery is generally easy after around a week of swelling and bruising.

The Eyelid Lift Experience

Upper eyelid surgery in The Woodlands takes between 30 minutes and an hour to complete, while lower lid surgery generally takes a little longer. If a fat transfer is also performed, it will likely add about 30 minutes to an hour. You’ll be able to return home once the operation is complete.

For upper eyelid surgery, you will receive local anesthesia to numb the area before Dr. Cho marks the areas around your eye to determine the exact amount of skin that will be removed. Dr. Cho’s surgical technique will be discussed in detail during your consultation.

During the procedure, hidden incisions will be made along the upper eyelid crease, inside the lower eyelid, and/or along the lash line of the lower lids, ensuring that your post-surgical scarring is easily hidden. Dr. Cho will then remove excess skin along with a small amount of fat and muscle if necessary.

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Exploring Complementary Procedures

During your consultation, we'll help you explore a number of procedures that will enable you to enjoy truly comprehensive results, thanks to our selection of more than 60 different treatment options. With these additional procedures, we can address issues like sagging eyebrows, crow’s feet, and dark circles.

  • BOTOX Cosmetic is a trusted wrinkle relaxer that can help to rejuvenate the areas around your eyes.
  • Facial fat grafting is an advanced method that enables us to contour your facial appearance with exceptional levels of precision.
  • Laser skin resurfacing is a popular procedure to combine with your eyelid surgery as it helps to strengthen, thicken, and tighten the eyelids for a longer-lasting result.
  • Dermal fillers are injectable options that can help you enjoy your ideal facial appearance and an enhanced sense of facial harmony.
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Do you Offer Alternative Procedures for Blepharoplasty?

While you can’t get an eyelid lift without a surgical procedure, alternative non-surgical procedures can improve your appearance. Dermal fillers can elevate the corners of your brows and pull up the lids. Fillers can also help create the appearance of a smooth surface to make bags below the eyes less obvious. Other injectables like BOTOX cosmetic can have a similar effect. 

Your Eyelid Surgery Recovery

The initial recovery period following eyelid surgery in The Woodlands is usually one to two weeks, and you will be instructed to refrain from wearing contact lenses for at least two to three weeks. Activity restrictions will also be in place for the first few weeks, during which time you can expect pain, bruising, and swelling to gradually resolve. You will use cold compresses and keep your head elevated to expedite your recovery and achieve the best possible results.

For many patients, the most serious bruising and swelling is during the first week of full recovery from eyelid surgery, although full recovery takes several months. You may have to schedule two weeks of downtime, depending on the extent of your surgery. If you have minimal fat removed, your healing can be as fast as a few days. For patients who have extensive muscle dissection or fat repositioning, recovery can take weeks or months. 

Integrated Aesthetics will schedule follow-up visits so Dr. Cho and his team can check on your healing progress, and our team will always be available to you to ensure that you’re healing comfortably and to answer any questions that you might have. Complete eyelid surgery recovery takes a few months. When you achieve your final results, you will enjoy a more youthful and well-rested appearance.

Eyelid Surgery FAQ

Is eyelid surgery painful?

What is a good age for blepharoplasty?

Am I too old for blepharoplasty?

Can blepharoplasty correct eyelid asymmetry caused by facial paralysis or injury?

Will I still be able to wear contact lenses after blepharoplasty?

Can eyelid surgery improve my vision if my eyelids are droopy?

Should I get blepharoplasty to address double eyelids?

Does male blepharoplasty exist for men?

Can Dr. Cho fix a botched blepharoplasty?

Are there any risks involved?

What is the cost of a consultation?

Will insurance cover the cost of blepharoplasty?

Is eyelid surgery painful?

Eyelid surgery is generally not painful during the procedure due to anesthesia, and any discomfort afterward can be managed with prescribed pain medication. Most patients find any discomfort to be tolerable and temporary during the healing process.

What is a good age for blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is commonly sought by adults aged 30 and above, though individuals with hereditary or cosmetic concerns may consider it earlier. Dr. Cho offers consultations to guide individuals in determining the most suitable approach.

Am I too old for blepharoplasty?

There isn't a specific age limit for blepharoplasty, as it depends on individual health and cosmetic goals. Consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. Cho can determine if it's suitable for you based on your health and desired outcomes.

Can blepharoplasty correct eyelid asymmetry caused by facial paralysis or injury?

Blepharoplasty can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan to address eyelid asymmetry resulting from conditions like facial paralysis or trauma. Dr. Cho may recommend other procedures or treatments with your blepharoplasty to achieve the best possible outcome.

Will I still be able to wear contact lenses after blepharoplasty?

You should be able to resume wearing contact lenses after the initial healing period. However, it's crucial to follow your Dr. Cho's recommendations and wait until any swelling or discomfort has subsided before wearing contacts again.

Can eyelid surgery improve my vision if my eyelids are droopy?

Yes, if sagging eyelid skin is obstructing your vision, upper blepharoplasty can remove the excess skin and improve your field of vision.

Should I get blepharoplasty to address double eyelids?

Deciding on blepharoplasty for double eyelids is a personal choice. If you're considering it, consult with qualified plastic surgeon Dr. Cho. We also recommend you read more on studies and reviews about double eyelids.

Does male blepharoplasty exist for men?

Yes, male blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure tailored to address specific eyelid concerns in men, such as correcting drooping eyelids, reducing excess skin, and minimizing puffiness. It's designed to enhance the appearance of the eyes and provide a more refreshed and youthful look for men.

Can Dr. Cho fix a botched blepharoplasty?

Yes, Dr. Cho may be able to address concerns related to a botched blepharoplasty gone wrong through revision surgery. It's essential to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cho to discuss your specific situation and determine the best course of action.

Are there any risks involved?

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is generally safe with minimal side effects, although risks such as anesthesia reaction exist. Common side effects include swelling, bruising, and temporary blurred vision from surgery ointment. During recovery, you may experience double vision, light sensitivity, and watery eyes, but we'll provide support to ensure your comfort throughout.

What is the cost of a consultation?

A consultation with Dr. Cho costs $175. To learn more about how Integrated Aesthetics can help you enjoy the look of your dreams, reach out to set up your consultation with a helpful member of our team today.

Will insurance cover the cost of blepharoplasty?

In some cases, insurance may cover the cost of blepharoplasty if it's deemed medically necessary to improve vision obstruction caused by sagging eyelids.

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Live Your Most Aesthetic Life with Integrated Aesthetics

Here at Integrated Aesthetics in The Woodlands, we're proud to be offering over 60 procedural choices, both surgical and non-surgical in nature, each of which can help you address the cosmetic concerns that brought you through our doors in the first place. Our team is led by Yale-educated, board-certified surgeon Dr. Young Cho, who offers more than 20 years of experience and bring an exceptional level of surgical expertise to each procedure.

Ready to learn more about how we can help you enjoy your ideal look? Interested in learning more about our deeply integrated approach to aesthetics? Our team is standing by and ready to help you get started on your cosmetic journey—reach out to our Spring, TX location and set up your initial consultation today.

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