The first signs of aging can appear early on, with drooping upper eyelids and dark circles under the eyes. Drooping eyes can create an unflattering appearance that makes you seem tired or sad. Performed as an outpatient procedure by plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion, eyelid surgery lifts and tightens the lower or upper eyelids to create a softer look. Also known as blepharoplasty, this treatment is beneficial for both cosmetic and practical purposes and offers long-lasting results.
Having cosmetic surgery is a big decision that can improve the way you look and feel about yourself. Choosing the right plastic surgeon is the first step. The experts at Luminary Plastic Surgery can give you more information about blepharoplasty (no expertS, just one person) along with the most advanced cosmetic procedures in the industry. Schedule a one-on-one consultation with experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion, who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the breasts, body, face, and skin at his Houston, TX, practice.
Candidates for blepharoplasty
As we age, our skin naturally loses some of the elasticity in the eye area. Eyelid surgery is popular among women and men who suffer from eyelids that are sagging or puffy due to lost elasticity. Ideal candidates for this surgery are in good health, do not smoke, have good blood pressure control, and have no serious eye conditions. The dramatic results of eyelid surgery ultimately allow individuals in Houston to look youthful and well-rested.
You should also know that blepharoplasty is not just a cosmetic surgery – patients with drooping upper eyelids may have impaired vision. Eyelid surgery eliminates this medical concern by providing a less obstructed field of view. Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both. Based on your initial assessment, Dr. Couvillion will determine the right treatment options for you.
About upper and lower blepharoplasty
In general, the procedure will depend on your initial assessment and desired results. If you are interested in eyelid surgery, Dr. Couvillion will work with you to let you know what to expect as well as the long-term benefits. He will begin by marking where the incisions will be made on the skin. As with any surgical procedure, there may be scarring. Dr. Couvillion will take special care to hide the incision lines so the results are as natural-looking as possible.
During upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Couvillion places the incision along the natural crease of the eyelid to remove skin and tissue as needed. Some tissue may be moved to other areas before closing the incision. Lower blepharoplasty involves an incision below the lash line to surgically remove skin and fat. The excess fat is what usually contributes to under-eye bags. This will create a flatter and smoother look. Depending on your needs, we may also tighten underlying tissue and muscle if required. Afterward, incisions are normally closed with a combination of absorbable and removable sutures.
Blepharoplasty recovery tips and aftercare
Prior to eyelid surgery, Dr. Couvillion gives patients a detailed explanation of the procedure, as well as the potential benefits and risks. It is always important to follow pre- and postoperative instructions carefully so you can make the most of your eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty may take up to two hours based on whether one or both eyes are being worked on. Patients should schedule several days of rest at home following surgery, with a trusted family member or adult available for assistance.
At home, you may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising that can be relieved with a cold compress. Most people can return to daily activities 7 – 10 days after eyelid surgery. After two weeks, the majority of the swelling will have dissipated. Light activity is encouraged, while strenuous exercise should be avoided until you have been approved by Dr. Couvillion. The outcome of surgery may last up to a decade or more, but keep in mind that the natural aging process may affect your results.
Since blepharoplasty treats only the upper and lower eyelids, patients with wrinkles near the eyes may want a complementary procedure such as a brow lift. During your consultation with Dr. Couvillion, you can discuss nonsurgical treatments such as BOTOX® to smooth wrinkles in the forehead. We also suggest dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® to add volume to the face for a smoother appearance.
Schedule your consultation at Luminary Plastic Surgery
The staff at Luminary Plastic Surgery takes pride in providing top aesthetic plastic surgery options so individuals in Houston, TX, can reach their cosmetic goals. At our facility, Dr. Couvillion combines cutting-edge technology with modern techniques in a safe and comfortable environment. We invite you to learn more about upper and lower blepharoplasty to see whether this is the right choice for you.
We believe it is imperative to choose a skilled plastic surgeon to perform eyelid surgery. Dr. Ryan Couvillion is a plastic surgeon who will tailor every part of the procedure to meet your specific needs. Look and feel younger while receiving a long-lasting solution to your vision concerns. Call our office to schedule a consultation with Luminary Plastic Surgery today.