Eyelid Surgery Fort Worth & Southlake
Blepharoplasty/Eyelid Surgery Information and FAQs as provided by board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Heistein
Dr. Jonathan Heistein, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Providing Blepharoplasty / Eyelid Surgery to Patients in Fort Worth and Southlake, Texas and the Surrounding Area.
Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is used to reduce the amount of excess tissue around the eyes that often results in a tired appearance. It can even soften eye creases, and sometimes lighten the dark circles under the eyes. Upper blepharoplasty removes excess skin from the upper lid and sometimes a small amount of fat. Lower blepharoplasty generally involves removal of skin as well as fat that may be producing bags under the eyes.
Occasionally, the fat alone may be removed, resulting in no visible scars. These procedures may either be done alone or in combination with other procedures such as brow lift or face lift. Recovery is about 1-2 weeks.
FAQS about Blepharoplasty
– I am bothered by the sagging skin around my face and eyes. How do I know if I should have a brow lift, facelift, or eyelid surgery?
Blepharoplasty is intended to reduce the amount of excess and sagging skin around the eyelids. Sagging skin around the eyes is associated with aging and can contribute to a tired appearance. Lower blepharoplasty can correct “bags” under the eyes.
Blepharoplasty does not correct facial wrinkles nor will it smooth wrinkles on the forehead or lift sagging eyebrows. Blepharoplasty will not remove “crow’s feet”, eliminate dark circles under the eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows .The best way to find out which procedure is right for you is to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Heistein, contact our office.
– Do Other Procedures Achieve the Same Results as Eyelid Surgery?
No, eyelid surgery is the only treatment option to firm lower eyelids, remove excess skin from upper eyelids, and eliminate bags under the eyes. However, there are treatment options that can improve on the already excellent benefits of eyelid surgery. Our patients many times choose mild chemical peels to help further tighten lower eyelid skin. Botox® can help reduce wrinkles between the eyes, and fillers such as Restylane® and Juvederm® can help reduce fines lines.
– What kind of scarring should I expect after blepharoplasty / eyelid surgery?
The goal is to keep visible scarring to a minimum. In some patients, fat alone may be removed, resulting in no visible scarring. In other patients, scarring is carefully hidden in the creases of the eyelids. However, no two patients are exactly alike. Dr. Heistein will discuss your planned surgery with you, during your private consultation.
– When can I return to work following blepharoplasty?
The recovery time following blepharoplasty / eyelid surgery is usually about one to two weeks. Some patients are able to return to work sooner than this, others may require extra time away from work.
– Is it safe to have blepharoplasty / eyelid surgery and another surgical procedure during the same visit?
In many cases blepharoplasty may be scheduled with other procedures depending on the length and difficulty of the planned procedures. It is especially common to combine eyelid surgery with other facial cosmetic procedures such as a browlift or facelift. Dr. Heistein will be happy to discuss this with you during your private consultation.
– How should I choose a surgeon to perform my blepharoplasty / eyelid surgery?
It is important to choose a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). In addition, top plastic surgeons will be members of American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). For more information on the importance of board certification for plastic surgeons, see our FAQ page.