Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift Surgery) in Dallas, TX

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About Eyelid Surgery

The eyes are a beautiful feature of the face that show youth and vitality, but sometimes, an excess of skin around the eyes can produce a tired and unflattering facial appearance. You can also develop "bags" under your eyes that take away from your youthful and refreshed appearance. Dallas, TX board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe uses eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) to reduce excess skin and rejuvenate the lower or upper eyelid, creating a refreshed appearance. Many men and women receive eyelid surgery at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery to eliminate saggy eyelid skin, bags under the eyes, and droopy eyelids. Blepharoplasty, whether lower or upper, creates a more awakened appearance and can give you natural yet noticeable improvements. If you want to learn more about refreshing your eyes with eyelid lift surgery, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dauwe in Dallas, TX.

Eyelid Surgery Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates express concern about excess eyelid skin, crepey eyelid skin, eyelid bags, or dark circles under the eyes. Common concerns also include swollen eyelids and droopy eyelids. Most commonly, these features cause aesthetic concern because they cause you to look tired, but these irregularities can also cause vision difficulties that can get in the way of normal, everyday activities. For a more awake look, blepharoplasty may be the appropriate surgery for you. If you have hanging skin that folds over on the upper eyelid, or puffy bags under the eyes, blepharoplasty can provide you with a more youthful appearance.

Eyelid Surgery Surgical Technique

Depending on the type of eyelid surgery, some form of anesthesia will be provided, either local or general. This surgery may be done on the top eyelid, the bottom eyelid, or both eyelids at the same time.

  • Upper Eyelid
    Upper eyelid surgery removes excess skin and assists in unweighting the upper eyelid for a more awakened look. The incision point is placed along the lid crease and is nearly imperceptible after the healing process. Fat can also be removed to correct fullness in the upper eyelid. 
  • Lower Eyelid
    The lower eyelid is more complex and can be treated in a number of ways depending on what is creating the problem:
    • Fat removal - An incision is created on the inside of your lower eyelid and bulging fat is removed to address the bags under your eyes. 
    • Laser Eyelid Lift - Using laser energy, the skin and muscle of the lower eyelid is treated to tighten these layers and address loose muscle and crepe skin.
    • Skin Removal - In cases of severe skin excess, a small incision is made along the lash line to remove excess skin from the lower eyelid. 
    • Lateral Canthopexy - This operation focuses on tightening the lower eyelid to correct eyelid laxity associated with aging. 
    • Midface Fat Grafting - This is performed if the droopy lower eyelid is accompanied by volume loss in your cheek. 
    • Dr. Dauwe is experienced with all of these techniques and will provide a customized treatment plan depending on your goals and what is seen on physical exam. 

What to Expect with Eyelid Surgery

At your first visit, treatment options will be explained by Dr. Dauwe based on your areas of concern. Blepharoplasty of the upper or lower eyelid takes between one to two hours depending on how work is performed. After this outpatient surgery, you should plan for one week to recover and rest at home. A cold compress can assist in reducing discomfort, swelling, and bruising. The outcomes from eyelid surgery may last a decade or longer, but while they are long-lasting, aging does not stop. To maintain your surgical outcomes, other nonsurgical cosmetic treatments at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery such as fillers, peels, and lasers can be added to maintain a youthful-looking appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions about Eyelid Surgery

How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Blepharoplasty costs will vary based on the type of operation performed. When your surgical plan is decided in your initial consultation, Dr. Dauwe can go over cost estimates. To help you afford great results, Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery takes several payment methods, including no-interest financing.

Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
When hanging skin is affecting your vision, your insurance might help cover costs of your blepharoplasty. Please talk to Dr. Dauwe in your initial consultation if you are considering using insurance. A team member at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery will handle all communications with the insurance company. Generally, you will require a letter from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that blepharoplasty is medically necessary to restore your visual fields.

What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Eyelid surgery doesn't just address aesthetic concerns. You may discover after your blepharoplasty that your visual field is widened and you have less eyelid fatigue at the end of the day. It may also become easier to put on eyeshadow and other makeup once your eyelid is smooth. Getting rid of fine lines, paper-thin skin, dark circles, and puffy bags on your lower eyelid may help your eyes appear fuller and brighter without a lot of makeup.

Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Wrinkles on your forehead and the corners of your eyes (Crow's feet) might be better corrected with a brow lift because the improvements of blepharoplasty are limited to the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty results may be enhanced with nonsurgical treatments like BOTOX or fillers, which can smooth wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. Fillers, like Juvéderm or Restylane, may help to add volume for a smoother, blended appearance. In your initial consultation, Dr. Dauwe will develop your personal treatment plan to fit your goals.

What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Noninvasive skin tightening procedures plus injectable treatments (for example, BOTOX, Restylane, and Juvéderm) may give you mild improvements. Although, if you want to fix moderate to severe loose skin or would like to see results that last longer, eyelid surgery may better serve your needs. After you tell Dr. Dauwe about your goals, he will give you his suggestions for a surgical or nonsurgical treatment plan. 

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Recovery Time  
2 – 4 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1 Hour
Post-op Follow-up  
Week 2 & 6, Month 3, 6, & 12
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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Younger-Looking Eyes

If you are concerned with a tired appearance, find it difficult to see or apply makeup because of folds of skin around your eyes, or you are frustrated by bulging bags underneath your eyes, then upper or lower blepharoplasty at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery may be the answer for you. This enhancement can allow you to look and feel refreshed and youthful while offering a beautiful answer to your concerns. We encourage you to get in touch with our office in Dallas, TX to learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Dauwe.

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