Austin Plastic Surgery Institute understands patient needs when it comes to eyelid surgery. One growing concern among women and men is sagging, puffy, or drooping eyelids, as well as bags and bulges above and below the eyes. An eyelid surgery with Austin PSI board-certified plastic surgeons can resolve this common problem and restore your face to a more youthful appearance.
An eyelid surgery is a very intricate procedure. Therefore, it’s very important to select a highly skilled plastic surgeon. Fortunately, all of Austin PSI’s surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and they have many years of experience. Each of our plastic surgeons are familiar with every aspect of the eyelid procedure. Results will vary from patient to patient like any other surgery. However, most patients receive results that make them feel and look younger for many years.
"Seeing Doctor Wilder was the best plastic surgery experience i have ever had... His staff and everyone in his office are super professional and extremly nice... Dr. Wilder is the best plastic surgeon ever, he does everything in perspective to fit your body and never goes over... I would highly recommend Dr. Wilder for any plastic surgery that you would want to have..."- C.H. / Google / Mar 15, 2019
"Dr. Gorman is such an awesome surgeon and person. An artist as a surgeon, and so personable and sweet."- F.E. / Google / Mar 18, 2020
"I have had two treatments at APSI and have been super pleased with both. Ashley is wonderful -- I have already returned to her for a second treatment. A friend of mine recommended her with high praise, and it's deserved!"- R.K. / Google / Mar 13, 2020
"Dr. Gorman and his staff rock! I did my research and had consultations with 4 local plastic surgeons. Dr. Gorman hands down made me feel most comfortable and he understood what I was wanting. I could not be happier with my results and looking to get more stuff done soon :-)"- A.J. / Google / Mar 12, 2020
"Loved my hydrafacial! From the first moment to the last, everyone made me feel welcome and comfortable. Definitely recommend them and can't wait to go back!"- K.K. / Yelp / Mar 09, 2020
Upper Eyelid Surgery
During upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made within the natural fold of the lid and extended outward. The incision will go out as wide as possible so that additional skin folds on the outside of the upper eye can also be addressed. Once the incision is made, excess skin, tissue and, in some cases, a small portion of the orbicularis occuli muscle are removed. The incision is closed with absorbable sutures and the scar remains almost completely hidden because of where it resides in the natural crease.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
During lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made along the bottom of the lash line. This allows the surgeon to remove excess fat and tissue. In patients who have puffy lower eyelids but good skin tone, an approach known as a transconjunctival blepharoplasty can be performed. This technique puts the incision inside the lower eyelid rather than outside. Patients who have dark circles under their eyes will sometimes have a deficiency of fat in these areas. Injectables can be used to help fill these soft-tissue deficiencies and can improve the appearance of these circles.
Eyelid surgery is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. It generally takes up to 2 hours for both the upper and lower eyelids to be addressed. Following surgery, the area around the eyes will be bruised and swollen. Patients should apply ice packs, keep their heads elevated, and apply medicated eye ointment for a few days. Patients comment on the fact that friends and family tell them they look great, but often can’t put a finger on what is different. These subtle, yet dramatic results restore a softer, more youthful appearance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $3,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-3 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3 weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
After surgery, scarring will not be visible because of where the incisions are placed. In the upper eyelid, the incision follows the natural crease of the eye. The lower eyelid incision will run just under the eyelashes or inside the eyelid. Scarring will be inconspicuous.
Eyelid surgery will reduce puffy bags and excess skin and may help contribute to some minimization of crow’s feet. However, to truly treat crow’s feet, one will need a different approach. BOTOX® injections and procedures such as a browlift, are better options to help eliminate crow’s feet.
Irritation After Surgery?
Some patients will experience dryness and minimal irritation following surgery. If these occur, we can recommend ointments and eye drops to assist during the healing phase. Patients should protect their eyes against wind and sun irritation for the first several months by wearing dark sunglasses.
If anything, eyelid surgery actually helps improve the vision for many patients. Not only does it restore a fresh, younger look from a cosmetic standpoint, it eliminates the excess skin that may have been impairing vision. It is important to select a skilled surgeon who has expertise with eyelid surgery. We take great care during this surgery so that the eyes themselves are left untouched and unharmed.