The goal is to rejuvenate your eyes and restore that radiant, youthful person that you are on the inside. Many men and women who receive this procedure look fresher and awakened, which contributes to an enhanced self image and sense of self-confidence. 

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were more than 211,000 blepharoplasty procedures performed in 2019. This was a 2% increase from the previous year. 95% of patients who had eyelid surgery said that the procedure was worth it. The key for patients is to work with a highly skilled plastic surgeon in order to attain the best possible outcome. 

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger offers blepharoplasty procedures to patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding Texas communities. The surgeon understands that your best self is connected to your self-confidence. Working with a team of experienced clinicians, Dr. Christopher goes out of his way to make sure that each patient is comfortable, safe, and happy with their procedure outcome. He uses state of the art equipment and advanced surgical methods to achieve the best result while minimizing the risk of side effects such as scarring. 

Who is a candidate for eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery is a plastic surgery procedure to lift and tighten sagging eyelid skin. The procedure may be done to raise hooded or droopy upper lids, or to remove eyebags and tighten loose skin on the lower eyelids. You may be an ideal candidate for a blepharoplasty if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You have puffy lower eyelids or droopy eyelids 
  • You have substantial wrinkles or ‘crows feet’ around your eyes 
  • Your eyes present a ‘hollow’ appearance as a result of deterioration of facial tissue 
  • You wish to enhance the look of your eyes to attain a youthful facial appearance  
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations about the outcome

Most people who decide to have blepharoplasty are above the age of 40. This is the age when your skin loses elasticity and you start to notice changes such as drooping. For some people – though – baggy eyelids run in the family. If you start to notice signs of aging around your eyes, then it is the right time to have blepharoplasty. When you visit Dr. Balinger for your first Houston eyelid surgery consultation, the surgeon will listen to you and examine your face before letting you know whether this surgical procedure is for you. Eyelid surgery is a highly individualized procedure. For this reason, Dr. Christopher recommends that you have this treatment out of your own choice, not because someone else wants you to.

Benefits of eyelid surgery

This procedure offers many unique benefits:

  • Look better and younger: The skin above the upper eyelids tends to be thin and delicate. Over time, the natural collagen in this area can weaken due to gravity and droop. Other people will experience this kind of upper face skin sagging as a result of genetics. Upper eyelid surgery removes excess skin above the eyes and results in a youthful, refreshed appearance.
  • Increase your confidence: Many of us tend to be self-conscious about how we look. If your eyes appear tired and older, this can create a nagging discomfort at the back of your mind. You may end up shying away from social occasions and family photos. Eyelid surgery rejuvenates your eyes and entire facial looks so you feel more confident about yourself.
  • Improved field of vision: Sagging upper eyelids – whether caused by aging or genes – can obstruct your field of vision. Many people have blepharoplasty in order to alleviate this problem. The surgeon will focus on removing the sagging skin so that your eyes can accommodate an optimal amount of light.
  • Look more rested: Sagging skin above the eyes can make your eyes look droopy, partially closed, and noticeably tired. Just like you would if you woke up in the middle of the night to go to the restroom. Upper blepharoplasty addresses this concern so that you look well-rested, awakened, and alert. Better yet, eyelid surgery is a permanent procedure so you’ll be able to maintain these favorable results for many years.
  • Achieve better social interaction: Social interactions can be particularly difficult for people who feel like they look awful as a result of drooping eyelids. Blepharoplasty plastic surgery alleviates the ‘angry resting face’ and reveals an attractive facial aesthetics. You may be surprised how well people perceive you and warm up to you during social interactions.

People have eyelid surgery for different reasons. For this reason, individual results may vary. During your office visit at Dr. Balinger’s Houston Plastic Surgery center, the surgeon will detail what you can expect from your personalized blepharoplasty procedure.

Your initial blepharoplasty consultation

During your first eyelid surgery consultation, Dr. Balinger will ask questions and review your medical history to learn more about your health. The surgeon will also examine your eyes and face before moving forward to the next step. This initial consultation – which is offered free of charge at Dr. Balinger’s office – is an opportunity to learn more about what this treatment entails, and what you can expect from the procedure.

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Types of Blepharoplasty

Dr. Balinger has a number of eyelid surgery techniques that he can use to suit the patient’s requirements and goals of the surgery. 

  • Upper eyelid surgery – upper blepharoplasty procedure is performed on the upper lids in order to address excess skin that droops over the eyes. Many patients have this procedure for cosmetic reasons – in order to enhance the appearance of their eyes and entire upper face. However, upper eyelid surgery may also be performed for functional reasons so as to enhance your line of vision. During this procedure, the plastic surgeon will create an incision along the natural folds of the upper lids, then use it to get rid of unwanted drooping tissue. In some cases, fat deposits in this area may be removed or repositioned in order to achieve the desired outcome. The incisions will then be closed and the treatment area gently bandaged. 
  • Lower eyelid surgery – lower blepharoplasty procedure is designed for patients who need to take care of excess sagging under their eyes. The plastic surgeon creates an incision right below the lower lash. Patients who have great skin elasticity may benefit from a variation of this procedure that is referred to as a transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty. In this procedure, the incision is created inside the lower lid – making sure that the resulting scar is well concealed. The surgeon will remove excess skin, fat, and tissue to achieve the desired cosmetic objective. Once the reshaping is complete, the incisions will be closed and the treatment area will be gently bandaged. 
    If you have imperfections such as dark circles around your eyes, then the surgeon may also choose to integrate a noninvasive procedure such as dermal fillers in order to achieve a holistic outcome. 

Dr. Christopher Balinger is uniquely positioned to recommend the best type of blepharoplasty Houston procedure for you. The surgeon will be happy to discuss the details of your procedure during your consultation visit at his Houston plastic surgery office.

Eyelid surgery vs nonsurgical eye lift 

Eyelid surgery is a cosmetic procedure to lift and tighten the upper and/or lower eyelids for aesthetic or functional reasons. This is an invasive treatment that comes with a recovery downtime. For patients who are looking to enhance the appearance of their eyes and face without the drawbacks of surgery, nonsurgical eyelift may be the answer.

This entails using treatments such as dermal fillers, BOTOX, and radiofrequency treatments to achieve the desired procedure outcome. While eyelid surgery can be used to alleviate severe drooping, nonsurgical eye lift is designed for addressing mild cosmetic issues. Furthermore, eyelid surgery is a permanent procedure with long-lasting results whereas nonsurgical eye lift is a temporary treatment. If you are thinking about noninvasive cosmetic eye treatment, talk to Dr. Balinger about it. The surgeon will let you know whether this kind of procedure makes sense for you. In some cases, the surgeon may perform eyelid surgery then use non-invasive eye lift to refine the outcome of the procedure. 

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Prepare for your eyelid surgery in Houston, TX

Once Dr. Balinger creates a customized treatment plan for you, the surgeon will let you know how to prepare for the surgery. You will be asked to stop taking some medication and herbal supplements that can increase your risk of bleeding. Smoking is also forbidden in the weeks before the surgery because it can increase the risk of complications and impair healing. The surgeon will let you know what to do on the night before the surgery, and what supplies you need to have in place for a smooth recovery.

Your Surgical Experience

Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed at Dr. Balinger’s in-office operating room or an accredited surgical facility. This surgery is usually performed in three steps.

Anesthesia

Eyelid surgery may be performed under either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, based on the complexity of the procedure and the surgeon’s preference. Feel free to discuss the choice of anesthesia with the surgeon during one of your pre-op consultation visits.

Create Incision

The surgeon will create a tiny incision in the appropriate location based on whether you are having upper or lower eyelid surgery. Excess skin and tissue will then be removed in line with the goals of the surgery.

Close Incision

After all the desired changes has been completed, the surgeon will close the incision appropriately. The treatment area will then be bandaged to protect it.

The duration of eyelid surgery can range from 1 – 3 hours depending on the extensiveness of the procedure. Immediately after the surgery, you will be placed in an observation room where Dr. Balinger’s team monitors your vitals before you are allowed to go home for recovery.

Recovery After Eyelid Surgery

Following blepharoplasty plastic surgery, you will need time to ease down and recover. How long it takes to recover varies from one person to the other based on the extensiveness of the treatment, and the patient’s unique healing ability. In the first few days following this procedure, many patients experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort.

You will be required to use cold compresses over the first 24-48 hours. You will also be given pain medication to help alleviate discomfort, as well as antibiotics to prevent infections. Bruising and swelling typically dissipates within a week. You can expect to resume normal activities after about 4 days. Still, you will need to avoid applying makeup for at least a week. The surgeon will also forbid activities that may elevate your heart rate such as heavy lifting, bending over, and vigorous activities. Make sure to adhere to the surgeon’s post-op instructions in order to ensure a speedy recovery. Dr. Balinger’s office is available to answer your questions and provide the support you need throughout the recovery duration.

Average Cost

$3,000 - $5,000

Procedure Time

1-3 Hours

Recovery Time

4 Days

Insurance

Only if medically necessary

Do people tell you that you always look sleepy? Have you noticed that you have a hard time keeping your eyes open even when you are well-rested and have energy? You may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery. Dr. Balinger offers blepharoplasty for men and women in Houston, Conroe, and the surrounding areas of Texas.

Plan Your Procedure

Blepharoplasty prices can vary dramatically based on the extensiveness of the procedure. Most of Dr. Balinger’s eyelid surgery patients can however expect to pay between $3,000 and $5,000 for this treatment. Health insurers typically do not pay for cosmetic procedures. However, if you are having eyelid surgery as a medical necessity (for instance, when eyelid drooping is impacting your vision), then your insurer may pay for this procedure. Keep in mind that you will need a vision test as well as meet other eligibility requirements. During your consultation visit with Dr. Balinger, the surgeon will provide more info and generate a cost estimate based on a personalized treatment plan developed for you. The surgeon offers financing options for his patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding TX areas.

Meet the Surgeon

Christopher Balinger, MD, brings keen professionalism to the operating table. With each patient, the surgeon creates a highly customized plan to achieve the desired procedure outcome while working to eliminate or minimize the risk of scarring and other side effects.

Dr. Balinger is uniquely skilled to perform blepharoplasty procedures and a host of other cosmetic surgeries. He works with a team of highly qualified support staff who are committed to the safety and well being of their patients. If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon in Houston for eyelid surgery, get in touch with Dr. Balinger’s office today.

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FAQ

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery for the upper and lower eyelids. The delicate skin around your eyes loses collagen and elasticity as you get older, and this leads to sagging. When the eyelids droop downward, you always look tired. Sagging upper lids are also harder to keep open, so you may have some eye fatigue. Eyelid surgery is a relatively simple procedure that removes the sagging skin and small amounts of fat.

How much does eyelid surgery cost?

The average cost of blepharoplasty is $3,000 to $5,000. As part of your consultation, Dr. Balinger creates a treatment plan that we use as a foundation for your cost. We offer free initial consultations at our offices in Houston and Conroe, as well as financing options for our patients.

What are the benefits of blepharoplasty?

  • Rejuvenate the eyes
  • Reduce sagging in the upper and lower eyes
  • May help with eye fatigue

How is a blepharoplasty performed?

Dr. Balinger may recommend upper or lower eyelid surgery. Upper blepharoplasty involves making an incision in the natural crease and trimming any excess skin. For the lower lid, the incision is typically made along the lash line. Both incision locations are intended to ensure that the scars are less noticeable. If you have other signs of aging in the upper third of your face, Dr. Balinger may recommend that you have a brow lift and injectables in conjunction with your eyelid surgery.

What is recovery like after blepharoplasty?

Expect your eyes to take several weeks to heal, and the timeline may be extended if you have a forehead lift during the same procedure. You will need to spend the first week resting at home and avoiding any activities that may fatigue your eyes, such as reading or watching television. Expect to have red eyes and swelling, as well as bruising and discomfort. Your eyes may feel dry, and Dr. Balinger may prescribe an ointment to use as directed. If you go outdoors, take extra precautions to protect your eyes, such as wearing sunglasses that block dust and UV light.

How long will eyelid surgery results last?

Blepharoplasty rejuvenates your eyes, but it will not stop the aging process. Dr. Balinger may recommend some at-home treatments to protect the skin and slow the aging process.

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