Eyelid Surgery Houston and Lake Jackson, TX
A frequent issue many Houston and Lake Jackson patients experience as they age is drooping eyelids or sagging brows, along with the all-too-common issue of under eye bags. Over time, the muscles supporting the eyelids begin to weaken, causing an aged appearance. Fat around the eyes can also become apparent and contribute to bags. Fortunately, eyelid surgery can be performed to remove such fat accumulation and excess skin, allowing patients to look refreshed and more alert. This procedure, medically known as blepharoplasty, can also help those whose peripheral vision has been impaired by excess skin falling over the lid margin.
Preparing for Eyelid Surgery
Prior to undergoing eyelid surgery, we will ensure you are in good health and are a good surgery candidate. We will also discuss outcomes to ensure you have realistic expectations. In addition, several photographs will be taken of the eyes from different angles to serve as guides in procedure planning. You will also be given instructions of lifestyle changes you’ll need to make prior to surgery such as avoiding medications or supplements that are associated with bleeding for two weeks before the surgical date and to quit smoking several weeks in advance.
What To Expect
Blepharoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure. It can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the patient. Houston and Lake Jackson patients receive injections to numb the eyelids to ensure no pain is experienced during the procedure. Incisions will be carefully placed to ensure minimal visible scarring. Patients are released within a few hours after the procedure if no further evaluation is necessary. Our doctors will provide post-surgical instructions and answer any questions about your recovery period. Eye drops will be prescribed to keep the eyes lubricated after the procedure and frequent application of ice packs to the eyes will help minimize bruising.
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Possible Side Effects
Some side effects are to be expected. Watery eyes, double vision, and sensitivity to light are common. The lubricating ointment used in the procedure can also temporarily cause blurred vision. Swelling, bruising and some discomfort are also to be expected after the procedure. All of these issues are temporary. However, Houston and Lake Jackson patients should seek immediate medical help in the event of more worrisome effects like chest pain, shortness of breath, bleeding, vision problems or severe pain.
Eyelid surgery can help patients look more rested and improve their self-image. In some cases, it can even improve peripheral vision. Contact Town and Country Plastic Surgeons today to schedule a consultation and find out if eyelid surgery is right for you.