The skin on our eyelids and surrounding our eyes is some of the thinnest on the entire human body. Plus, it’s always out there in the elements, taking punishment from the sun, the wind, and the environment. Throw in the tissue slackening that’s a part of normal aging and you have the recipe for aging eyes. Droopy, sagging eyelids and puffy, wrinkled skin beneath our eyes can make our faces look a decade older than our actual age. That’s especially true with all the sun exposure we get in El Paso.

Dr. Reynolds performs eyelid surgery to rejuvenate the eyes. He removes excess skin and fat and tightens the underlying muscles to bring back a younger, most rested appearance to your eyes. This procedure can be purely cosmetic, or it can correct sagging eyelids that have actually begun to impinge on a person’s vision.

What is blepharoplasty?

Every year eyelid surgery, clinically known as blepharoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. This is because it delivers dramatic results that are subtle at the same time. The goal of these surgeries is to address sagging, drooping eyelid skin, and to remove the puffiness and wrinkles beneath the eyes. Excess skin is removed. Fat is repositioned. Support muscles are tightened. This is a delicate surgery, but thanks to the expertise of Dr. Reynolds, our eyelid surgery patients love their rejuvenated eyes.

Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?

Unlike most cosmetic procedures, blepharoplasty is popular with both women and men. That’s because aging eyes show no preference by gender — they make everyone look older and tired.

Good candidates for these surgeries still have good elasticity in their skin and tone in their facial muscles and support tissues. Reality is that most people over the age of 40 could benefit from eyelid surgery, particularly if you’ve spent any amount of time outdoors in the elements. The only people who cannot have this surgery are those with eye diseases, at least until their condition has been addressed.

What are the benefits of blepharoplasty?

These delicate surgeries make dramatic changes to the face, despite not being obvious. Because sagging, tired eyelids can age our faces so much, reversing these issues takes a decade off our facial age. You’ll look not only younger, but also more alert, refreshed, and healthier. Plus, any future sagging will never be to the same extent again. Another benefit of eyelid surgery is that no one will know you’ve had it; they’ll just know you somehow look younger and more refreshed. Before surgery, many blepharoplasty patients are asked if they are tired even though they aren’t. After surgery they look rested and refreshed and these questions are no longer asked.

How is eyelid surgery performed?

Dr. Reynolds can perform eyelid surgery on the upper or lower eyelids or on both in a single procedure. This makes the duration of these procedures vary from 45 minutes up to two hours.

This is a delicate surgery that employs small incisions. On the upper eyelid, a small incision is made in the natural crease of the eyelid to conceal any scarring. Muscle tissue is tightened, excess skin is trimmed, and any excess fat is usually repositioned rather than removed. By moving fat, this creates a more natural looking final result, not the hollow look you may have seen with unsuccessful surgeries done elsewhere.

On the lower eyelid, the incision is made just below the lower eyelash, or on the inside of the eyelid. Excess fat and skin is removed and fat is repositioned. The attachment between the skin and bone is released which helps the groove under the eye to disappear. The wrinkling and the bags are gone after surgery making you look refreshed. More excess skin may be removed on this lid, as it is often leading to puffiness and excessive wrinkling beneath the eye.

What will my recovery be like after eyelid surgery?

Our patients love this procedure because it delivers excellent results without being showy or obvious. Another great aspect of these procedures is that the recovery is not difficult. After your procedure, you’ll return home, and we’ll have provided you with a cold compress and some lubricant eye drops. If you diligently use the compress you can keep swelling and bruising to a minimum. Pain is not intense after this procedure; it can usually be handled with over-the-counter medication. After one week, Dr. Reynolds will remove your stitches and your eyelid recovery is usually mostly complete. You may have some on again, off again light swelling, but this resolves in a few weeks. You can usually return to work in just 3-5 days.

What are the risks with eyelid surgery?

This is surgery, and it involves the usual risks, such as reaction to anesthesia, infection, poor wound healing, and the like. Those are rare. The real risk with eyelid surgery is that the elevator muscles can be affected adversely. This can cause functional issues. That’s why you need to trust eyelid surgery to a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Reynolds.

What is the cost of eyelid surgery?

The cost depends on if you are having the upper or lower eyelid, or both, operated on. Once Dr. Reynolds examines your eyes and makes his recommendation during your consultation, we can then give you a cost estimate.

Is eyelid surgery covered by insurance?

If the sagging in your upper eyelid has progressed to the point where it is actually beginning to interfere with your field of vision, insurance will cover it. If the procedure is deemed strictly cosmetic, it will not be covered by your health insurance.

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