Eyelid Surgery The Woodlands
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a commonly performed procedure for improving the appearance of upper, lower or both eyelids. Dr. Rivela has performed many eyelid surgical procedures. Voted “Best Plastic Surgeon” by Woodlands Online every year since 2010, he sees patients from all over the Greater Houston area and beyond.
There are several treatable conditions which may be improved using eyelid surgery procedures including:
- Removal of fatty deposits in the upper eyelids which result in a puffy look.
- Removal of sagging skin that disturbs eye contour, sometimes impairing vision, of the upper eyelid.
- Removal of fine wrinkles and excess skin of the lower eyelid.
- Removal of “bags” under the eyes.
- Correction of lower eyelid droopiness which results in the white of the eye showing below the iris, or colored portion.
As skin begins to age, it loses elasticity. Combined with gravity, this may cause excess skin to collect in the upper or lower eyelid. On the lower eyelid, this can cause bulges and wrinkles. On the upper eyelid, a fold of skin may form which hangs over the eye area and may actually obstruct vision. In addition, the thin, supporting membrane that holds fat in place may weaken allowing the fat to protrude.
Eyelid surgery is designed to remove excess skin, reduce the fat of the eye area and, in some cases, tighten muscle creating a more youthful appearance. Of course you will continue to age, but the results are usually very long-lasting. With upper eyelid surgery lasting anywhere from five to seven years to a lifetime, lower eyelid surgery most often needs to be performed only once.
Your Consultation with Dr. Rivela
With your personal consultation providing an opportunity to interact with Dr. Rivela, this is the time to ask and answer questions. During this time, you will be thoroughly evaluated and assessed, providing Dr. Rivela the opportunity to develop a surgical procedure plan tailor-made for you.
Be ready to discuss:
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Expectations and desired outcome
- Available options
- All medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs that you are currently taking or using
- Previous surgical history
Dr. Rivela may also:
- Evaluate your general health status including pre-existing conditions and risk factors
- Examine your face
- Take photographs for your medical records
- Discuss your options and recommend a surgical course of action
- Discuss likely outcome, risks and potential complications associated with your surgery
Your Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Eyelid surgery is often performed in conjunction with face lifts, brow lifts or forehead lifts and is usually performed under general anesthesia, but sometimes under local anesthesia with sedation. Most often performed at a surgical center, it is usually on an outpatient basis. Typically taking 30 to 90 minutes, time will vary depending upon other procedures Dr. Rivela may be performing in conjunction with your eyelid surgery.
Good candidates for eyelid surgery are non-smoker adults in good physical health, with a positive outlook, specific surgical goals and realistic expectations about outcome. Many find that the change in appearance brings with it a renewed outlook on life and enhances day-to-day living.
Anesthesia: General or local
Location of operation: At our Office or at Surgery Center in The Woodlands
Length of surgery: 30-90 minutes
Length of stay: Outpatient (home same day)
Your Recovery Notes
Discomfort: Mild. Anticipate 0-3 days of prescription pain medication or Tylenol. Many require no medication.
Bruising and Swelling after Surgery: Improves in 3-14 days depending on the extent of the surgery. Following skin removal only, expect 3-5 days. Following skin and fat removal with canthopexy, expect 7-14 days. You can reduce swelling through constant head elevation and frequent applications of ice.
Bandages: None. You will be instructed to place ice compresses on your eyes for 1-3 days.
Excess Teardrops: Expect that your eyes will temporarily be prone to excessive tearing, especially when you are outside on a windy day. This typically improves within several weeks.
Contact Lenses: May be worn in 7-10 days.
Work: You may feel capable of returning within 1-3 days but your appearance may be a limiting factor.
Presentable in public: 3-14 days with the help of makeup, depending on the extent of the surgery.
Sun Protection after Surgery: Protect the area for six months with SPF 15 or higher.
Exercise: May be resumed in two weeks.
Final Results: Will be seen in 2-6 weeks.
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Any adult, who is in good physical health, is a non-smoker and has realistic expectations about desired outcome. Eyelid surgery is an excellent choice for patients interested in improving eye contours by tightening skin, removing excess fat and/or tightening muscles to create a more youthful appearance.
What factors should be considered when selecting a surgeon?
Anyone considering plastic surgery should consider the doctor’s medical training, experience, natural ability and accreditation. Dr. Rivela has trained under some of the country’s leading plastic surgeons and has membership in numerous medical societies including the American Society of Plastic Surgery and he is accredited by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. By popular vote, he was named “Best Plastic Surgeon” by Woodlands Online every year since 2010.
Are there different types of eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery can be performed on upper, lower or both lids. The procedure may involve the removal of excess skin, removal of underlying fatty tissue, tightening of muscles or a combination of the three, depending upon desired results. While primarily performed for cosmetic purposes, it is beneficial for improving vision in patients whose upper eyelids have begun to obstruct vision.
How should I prepare for eyelid surgery?
Good physical health is key. It is always important to have well-controlled blood pressure, eat a balanced diet, exercise and get plenty of rest, but especially so when preparing for surgery. Certain medications must be avoided, while others may need to be adjusted before surgery. Because smoking may delay healing time and cause wound complications, it is important for smokers to cease before surgery. Dr. Rivela will discuss all requirements for your surgical success at the consultation.
What are the risks with having eyelid surgery?
Beyond the normal risks of surgery, eyelid surgery is considered safe and doesn’t carry additional risks. Closely following instructions on pre-operative and post-operative care creates the best environment for a problem-free surgical experience and recovery. All risks will be discussed at your consultation, and you will be given a form to sign stating the risks and allowing Dr. Rivela to perform eyelid surgery.
What are the benefits of eyelid surgery?
Nothing has more of an impact on how we feel than our face. By having eyelid surgery, you will look more rested, refreshed and alert.