Eyelid Lift (blepharoplasty) is a surgical procedure performed to improve the appearance of the upper and/or lower eyelids. Excessive skin, fat, and muscle are removed with the goal of more youthful and less tired-appearing eyes.
What will upper eyelid surgery do?
What will upper eyelid surgery NOT do?
What will lower eyelid surgery do?
What will lower eyelid surgery NOT do?
Dr. Friedman performs cosmetic eyelid surgery under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation on an outpatient basis. The procedures are performed in his AAAASF-accredited surgical facility, the West Plano Plastic Surgery Center, which is located on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano. He strictly uses physicians—not nurses or technicians—to administer your anesthesia.
Dr. Friedman attempts to hide the upper blepharoplasty incisions in the natural eyelid crease. He places the lower blepharoplasty incisions just beneath the eyelashes. The scars are generally fine line and inconspicuous.
Eyelid surgery recovery involves ice packs and elevation of the head. Pain is usually mild and well-controlled with prescription medication. Most patients return to light activities within 3 to 5 days. Stitches are removed about 5 days after surgery. Bruising resolves in about 2 weeks. Some patients experience initial irritation of the eyes, particularly with lower eyelid surgery. Heavy straining should be avoided for about 4 weeks.
When you visit our office, Dr. Friedman will discuss your specific concerns. He will outline the available procedures and will help you decide which one(s) may be most appropriate for you. We will also discuss costs and show you a variety of before and after pictures of eyelid lifts performed by Dr. Friedman. If you wish to speak to other patients who have undergone eyelid surgery, we will be happy to provide phone numbers.Back To Top
All surgeries hurt to some degree. However, most patients undergoing eyelid surgery describe very little pain. The most common early postoperative complaints are eye irritation, tearing, and/or dryness.
The upper eyelid scar is generally concealed within the upper eyelid crease. The lower eyelid scar is concealed just under the eyelashes. The thin skin and good blood flow to these tissues usually results in fine-line and inconspicuous scars.
Eyelid surgery will reduce or eliminate bulging fat and excess skin from the eyelids. Frequently, this will reduce shadowing of the lower eyelids. However, darker skin pigmentation in the lower lids will not be improved by this procedure. Similarly, crows’ feet are best addressed by Botox injection.
A brow lift may be useful if you notice that your eyebrows look much better when you are actively raising them. In most people, aging of the brows occurs faster along the outer aspects than the inner aspects. If a brow lift is performed, Dr. Friedman recommends a conservative procedure. He knows that no one wants to look surprised.
If you are happy with your brow position, you may wish to restrict your surgery to the upper eyelids. As an alternative to surgery, Botox injections may be tailored to provide a (temporary) mild chemical brow lift.
Most patients undergoing eyelid surgery in Texas are in their late 30’s to 60’s. Dr. Friedman feels that there is no “right” time for surgery. Instead, if you are seeing changes that bother you sufficiently to warrant surgery, then surgery may be a reasonable option. However, Dr. Friedman recommends against “preventative” or “prophylactic” surgery. If you’re not ready for surgery, Botox or skin care treatments may be reasonable alternatives.
One week before surgery
The evening before surgery:
Day of surgery: before you leave home
Day of surgery: at the facility before surgery
Day of surgery: at the facility after surgery
At home after surgery:
Instructions for your first postoperative visit (about one week after surgery)
1 week after surgery: you may resume casual walking but must not engage in vigorous exercise that increases your blood pressure or heart rate. You may resume driving once you are off of your pain medication and can see clearly. Avoid freeways until you are comfortable with city driving.
3 weeks after surgery: you may gradually resume regular exercise.
Please sleep with your head elevated. You may sleep on your back or part way over (pillow under your shoulder and hip). Do not sleep on your side until about 3 weeks after surgery.
The stitches will be removed. You will continue use of Bacitracin ophthalmic antibiotic ointment over your incisions twice daily for about 3 more days. You may continue to have some slight blurring of vision and difficulty completely closing your eyes. If so, continue using natural tears (available over-the-counter) to keep your eyes moist. About 3 days after the stitches are removed, you may begin scar massage with Mederma, Vitamin E, or Aloe Vera twice daily. Continue scar massage for about 3 months.
You should begin gentle massage to the eyelids one week after surgery. This will help smooth any irregularities and areas of firmness. You may apply lotion to your hand to massage and/or you may use a vibrating massager. Massage the lower eyelids in an upward and outward direction (as if you are pushing up the outer corners of your eyelids).
You may begin light showers but should avoid scrubbing your incisions. Avoid immersing your face in a pool, lake, or ocean for 4 weeks.
One week after surgery, you may resume use of any medications or supplements that you discontinued prior to surgery. However, for at least 3 weeks, you should avoid Motrin, aspirin, and any other product that may thin your blood.
Do not smoke for at least one month (and preferably much longer) after surgery. Smoking may increase your risk of infection, lung problems following anesthesia, and wound healing problems.
You may resume intercourse about 3 weeks after surgery.
You may begin use of makeup one week after surgery. Sunglasses or a camouflage makeup (available at most department stores) may be helpful to hide bruises. Do not place makeup directly over your incisions until 3 days after the stitches are removed.
Please feel free to ask Dr. Friedman or his staff about any additional questions or concerns.Back To Top
Individuals who have excess skin and fat in the upper and/or lower eyelids may benefit from eyelid surgery. Based in Plano, Ronald M. Friedman, M.D. of the West Plano Plastic Surgery Center may help patients achieve an improved and more youthful appearance with the help of this cosmetic eyelid surgery. Plano eyelid surgery patients may feel better knowing that their procedure is performed in a nationally-accredited surgery center on the campus of Presbyterian Hospital in Plano. Dr. Friedman and his staff are committed to each patient's safety throughout his/her surgical experience with eyelid surgery.
During an initial consultation, Frisco eyelid surgery patients can discuss their problem areas and learn about the options available with eyelid surgery ("blepharoplasty"). Depending on the patient's goal, and what he/she hopes to achieve, Dr. Friedman can perform surgery on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.
The upper eyelid surgery procedure is performed by making incisions in the natural crease, followed by the removal of excess skin and fat; this surgery typically takes about one and a half hours to complete. This helps to improve "hooding," creating a more distinct upper eyelid crease. Oftentimes, Dr. Friedman combines brow lift surgery ("forehead lift") with eyelid surgery; droopy eyelid surgery can help to target the brow area.
Those who would like to eliminate "bags" under their eyes may greatly benefit from lower eyelid surgery. Incisions are made near the lash line; the underlying muscle is then tightened and excess skin and fat is removed. This procedure is effective in diminishing the appearance of tired-looking eyes. Additionally, Botox ® injections can help patients alleviate wrinkles in the forehead, between the eyes, and in the "crow's feet," which may also provide a more rejuvenated look. Injectable fillers (Restylane ®, Perlane ®) may improve the hollow areas beneath the lower eyelids.
Many individuals who undergo eyelid surgery in Plano also choose to combine facelift surgery ("rhytidectomy") to achieve rejuvenation of cheeks, jawline, and neck. Further information can be attained during a visit at the West Plano Plastic Surgery Center, or in the Q&A section.
Prospective blepharoplasty Texas patients in Plano, Frisco and Irving may look through before and after Plano eyelid surgery photos to see examples of Dr. Friedman's patient results. Furthermore, educational videos are available to view, as are patient testimonials.Back To Top