For many men and women, the earliest signs of aging appear on the face in the form of lines, wrinkles, and other minor imperfections. However, one of the most common complaints by patients of all ages is sagging eyelids or bulging, excess skin underneath the eyes. This can lead to a tired, aged appearance as well as functional issues, such as impaired vision. For patients suffering from drooping eyelids or puffy bags under the eyes, the physical and emotional effects can be staggering. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery offers a solution for excess eyelid skin in the form of blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift. Houston, TX area plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion is highly experienced in delicate eyelid revision procedures and takes great pride in helping patients address their concerns and achieve their goals through blepharoplasty and other exciting treatments. Read on to learn more about your eyelift options at Luminary Plastic Surgery.
What is an eyelid lift?
Eyelid surgery, formally known as blepharoplasty, is a delicate and intricate procedure designed to improve the appearance of the eyes, the area around the eyes, and the face in general. Blepharoplasty is typically classified as an upper or lower procedure, but in some cases, patients may undergo a combination of both techniques. In an upper eyelift, the surgeon is able to remove drooping, excess upper eyelid skin. In severe cases, this skin can hang into the field of vision and impair a person’s sight. Upper blepharoplasty, therefore, is a fabulous option for patients in need of both a functional and cosmetic improvement of their eyelids. Lower blepharoplasty, on the other hand, is effective for the reduction and removal of excess skin, puffiness, or bags under the eyes.
While it is important to understand that an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty does not address Crow’s feet or dark circles, these common complaints – and others – can certainly be treated with additional therapies performed in conjunction with your eyelift surgery.
Where are the scars from an eyelid lift?
The placement of the incisions and the resulting scars from blepharoplasty will vary from patient to patient depending on a variety of factors, including the surgical technique used. During an upper blepharoplasty, Dr. Couvillion typically places his incision carefully along the natural crease of the eyelid, allowing the scar to be naturally camouflaged. In the case of a lower blepharoplasty, the incision will usually be placed within the lower lash line, allowing the surgeon to access the area without leaving an obvious, visible scar.
During your initial consultation at Luminary Plastic Surgery, Dr. Couvillion will discuss the details of your expected procedure at length to ensure you are comfortable and confident about the placement of the incisions and know what kind of scarring to expect. For the most part, even patients themselves are unable to detect their own scars after they have fully healed!
Is there an alternative to eyelid surgery?
For some patients, the severity of their complaints may not be enough to justify undergoing a surgical procedure just yet. For others, a surgical blepharoplasty may be cost-prohibitive. In either case, there are a variety of nonsurgical options that may be effective in addressing or reducing certain eyelid complaints. For example, injectable fillers such as JUVÉDERM® are often used to improve the area around the eyes and give patients a more youthful, refreshed, awake appearance. However, it is important to have realistic expectations about a nonsurgical eyelift and understand that the results will likely not be as dramatic or long-lasting as those that can be achieved with a traditional blepharoplasty.
How long does an eyelid lift last?
Much like a facelift, blepharoplasty boasts long-lasting, dramatic, gorgeous results when performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon. In many cases, patients are able to enjoy the results of their eyelid lift for up to ten years before a revision may be needed, though the aging process will not stop. To help maintain and prolong your blepharoplasty results, Dr. Couvillion and the knowledgeable team at Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX can recommend a treatment regimen of nonsurgical therapies to be performed at regular intervals after your initial procedure.
Am I a candidate for an eyelid lift in Houston, TX?
If you are interested in learning more about how an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty can help you achieve the brighter, more youthful appearance you are hoping for, the first step is to be evaluated by a qualified, experienced, talented plastic surgeon. Most men and women who are in overall good health, do not smoke, and have adequate skin laxity can be considered for eyelid surgery, but Dr. Couvillion will be able to determine with certainty whether or not you are a candidate after your initial appointment. To discover the life-changing benefits of blepharoplasty and find out whether or not the procedure may be right for you, call Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX today to schedule your consultation with exceptional plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion!