“Cosmetic eye plastic surgery including eyelid surgery is a popular way to help our Houston patients look their best”, commented Dr. Da-Thuy Van,  Houston Ophthalmologist at the Eye Clinic of Texas. Eyelid Surgery or Eyelift is known medically as blepharoplasty (blef-er-o-plasty) is actually one of the most frequently performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedures for the face. There are two types of blepharoplasty, upper eyelid blepharoplasty and lower eyelid blepharoplasty where each procedure corresponds to the area of the face where it is performed.

Your eyes are one of the most important aspects of your appearance, and one of the first areas to show signs of aging. For some, this can occur as early as your twenties to early thirties. If the eyes project a lack of energy due to overhanging skin and puffiness, you may appear tired or older. Conversely, if the eyes are more open and relatively free of creases and folds, you will probably seem more rested and youthful.

Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty involves the improvement of two characteristics of the aging upper eyelid area. The first is correction of excess skin of the upper eyelid, a condition referred to as “hooding of the upper lid.” The second condition that can be corrected is the puffiness that is seen in the inner corner and middle of the eyelid as a result of the herniation (pushing forward) of fat located in these areas above the eye. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is commonly performed at the same time as lower eyelid blepharoplasty. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty does not correct crow’s feet, eliminate dark circles under your eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows.

Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is one of the least traumatic procedures for someone to undergo. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is a procedure performed to improve the appearance of the lower eyelids, which is the anatomic area that extends from the lower lid eyelashes to the bony rim of the eye socket.

If there is a herniation of fat present, there are two different surgical approaches to remove the fat. The more common technique utilizes an inconspicuous incision that runs just beneath the lash line. An alternative is to enter the fat pockets through an incision made in the inner lining of the lower eyelid. If excess skin needs to be removed, this can only be accomplished through an external approach. The procedure is long lasting and usually never has to be repeated.

You might benefit from eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty if:

  • Your upper eyelids appear hooded
  • It’s become increasingly difficult to put on eye makeup
  • Even after you’ve had a good night’s sleep people ask you if you’re tired
  • You have puffiness under your eyes that never goes away
  • You are developing bulges in the corners of your upper eyelids
  • You have trouble keeping your eyes open
  • Your upper eyelids always feel heavy
  • Your eyes appear to have become smaller
  • Your eye makeup smudges very easily
  • You’ve lost the fold of your upper eyelid
  • Your peripheral vision is decreased
  • You have excess skin and crepe like wrinkles beneath your eyes
  • Ever since you can remember you’ve had baggy eyes

If you or someone you know have questions about cosmetic eye plastic surgery such as eyelift or blepharoplasty feel free to call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937 to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Clinic of Texas is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area that provides all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care services. Our Board Certified Ophthalmologists perform Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK, Cataract Surgery & Lens Implants using advanced technology IOLs to correct complex problems such as astigmatism and near vision focusing problems including presbyopia, diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diagnosis and management of diabetic retinopathy, diagnosis and management of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), BOTOX® Cosmetic for wrinkles and Pediatric Ophthalmology. Texas EyeWear at The Eye Clinic of Texas provides personalized consultation and fitting of eyeglasses and eyeglass lenses for greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City area patients.


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