What is eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, improves the changes made by aging surrounding the upper and/or lower eyelids and gives a rejuvenated appearance to the eye area for a more rested, and alert look. Dr. Vu Ho, a Plano, TX facial plastic surgeon, performs the surgery for aging patients with excessive skin and fat in the eye area. The surgery can also help diminish lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
Upper lid surgery addresses the loose skin hanging above the eyes. Dr. Ho makes an incision that follows the natural crease of the upper eyelid to remove excess skin and fatty tissue. Lower lid surgery is a similar process, with the incision following just under the lower lash line, or hidden behind the eyelid. Fat pockets are removed or repositioned to diminish the looks of “bags” under the eyes. In addition, excessive skin below is removed or tightened with laser treatment.
Eyelid Surgery Reviews
"I love Dr. Vu Ho and staff! My eyes, face and neck look fantastic! I was looking tired.. but NO MORE! My results are incredible!"- K.R. / Google / Jan 02, 2021
"Bellafill immediately lifted & added volume to my face - I'm so impressed with Dr. Ho's new associate Dr. Kristen Aliano Messina, Plastic Surgeon. My appointment included "Bellafill" that immediately lift & added volume to my face and will stimulate the collagen production . Had the "InstaLift" to enhance my cheeks and other areas. And the "Plasma IQ" raised my eyelids and smoothed out the lines around my eyes. I felt very confident with Dr...."- B. / RealSelf / Apr 11, 2021
"I highly recommend this place! Dr. Ho is a miracle worker! I got botox for the first time and was a little nervous at first but Dr. Ho explained the whole process and assured me I would love it and he was absolutely right. It didn’t take long at all, just a few minutes and was painless! The wrinkles on my forehead and around my eyes when I smile are gone and it looks flawless! I’ve always been really insecure about my lips, Dr. Ho told me about Kysse lip filler and I love it! My lips are plump and beautiful as ever! Also while you’re there, ask for Sarah to do a hydro facial! She’s amazing and the facial left my face feeling super clean and more youthful than it’s ever been! You won’t regret going here for anything cosmetic or any surgeries you’re considering! Life long customer!"- A.P. / Google / Aug 17, 2021
"Excellent Results from my Lower Blepharoplasty - I was referred to Dr. Ho by my daughter who also had the same procedure. My procedure was done on 9/2020. I am so pleased with my results and have had many complements from my friends saying I look younger and look refreshed. Dr. Ho and his staff are very personal and professional. I was so impressed with the follow up as well as the surgery. He did have to do a small procedure to take care of some sagging under my eyes which was quite successful. He did not charge for the additional procedure. Again, I strongly recommend him for any plastic surgery you may have."- E. / RealSelf / Oct 14, 2021
"The results were immediate and the bruising post op was minimal - Sorry for the long review in advance but I want to be thorough! I am in my mid 30’s and have had under eye bags for as long as I can remember. It’s been something that has always bothered me and I hated seeing myself in pictures. Looking at my parents I knew genetics were not on my side, then when family and strangers started asking me why my under eyes were swollen I knew I had to get it fixed PRONTO!So my search for the perfect surgeon commenced… I found Dr. Ho on RealSelf and liked his work, I quickly made a consultation and right off the bat I was pleased with how friendly his staff was. The day of my consult arrives and Dr. Ho comes into the room and immediately makes me feel at ease. He took his time and discussed all the options, I shared my concerns and he answered all my questions and most importantly, he didn’t try to up-sell me on any other procedures. Feeling confident I was in the right hands I scheduled the soonest possible appointment for the surgery and we were off! The day of the surgery his staff were super sweet and excited for me, I opted to only do local anesthesia, the procedure was quick, relatively painless and the best part, no stitches! The results were immediate and the bruising post op was minimal! I couldn’t be happier!! My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner!I’ve been back to Dr. Ho a few of times since for follow up appointments and to get lip filler, which were best and most natural results I’ve ever had. I am still completely amazed and grateful at level of skill and professionalism of Dr. Ho and his amazing staff who are the most encouraging and supportive group of women I have encountered! I highly recommend Dr. Ho at Beyond Beautiful!"- S. / RealSelf / Apr 25, 2022
Who is a candidate for eyelid surgery?
The best candidates for eyelid surgery:
- Have eyelid issues that cause them to look older
- Have vision problems caused by droopy eyelids
- Have droopy, down-turned eyelids as a result of aging or genetics
- Have bags under the eyes
- Desire a more refreshed, rejuvenated appearance
- Desire a natural look
What to Expect during eyelid surgery
Upper Eyelid Surgery
For upper eyelid surgery, the surgeon will make the incision within the natural fold of the eyelid. The incision will be extended outward as much as possible in order to address the extraneous skin folds located on the outside of the upper lid. After the incision is carefully made, the surgeon will remove the excessive fat and skin. Afterwards, the incision will be stitched close with absorbable sutures, which do not require removal by the surgeon.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
For lower eyelid surgery, the incision will be placed along the bottom of the lash line to allow the plastic surgeon access to remove the extraneous fat and tissue. A special technique used for patients with puffy lower lids but good skin tone is called transconjunctival blepharoplasty. Patients with dark under eye circles caused by a lack of fat in the area could benefit from injectables or fat fillers to add volume to the area.
Upper and Lower Combined
With some patients, both the lower and upper eyelids need to be addressed to correct all issues effectively. When both are combined, surgery can last around 2 hours.
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Eyelid surgery FAQs
Are you put to sleep for eyelid surgery?
No, Dr. Ho will use a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area to keep you from feeling any discomfort, but you will remain awake. You can also take advantage of our PRO-NOX™ system that uses a nitrous oxide blend that you control to regulate anxiety and any potential discomfort you may feel. It is very similar to what a dentist uses for dental procedures.
How long does eyelid surgery take?
If you are having both upper and lower eyelids done, you can expect the surgery to last about two hours.
How long does it take to recover from eyelid surgery?
Generally, you can expect your eyelids to be bruised and swollen for about 1 – 3 weeks after the surgery. The overall appearance of your eyes will continue to improve over the next three months. Most patients are ready to continue their regular activities after about two weeks.
What is the best age to get eyelid surgery?
Unless the eyelids are obstructing the vision of the patient, it is generally not recommended to have eyelid surgery if you are younger than 18. With that being said, eyelid surgery can be done at any age.
Does eyelid surgery hurt?
Most people will experience little to no pain or discomfort during their eyelid surgery. The combination of local anesthesia and our PRO-NOX system helps to ensure you will remain comfortable during the entire procedure.
Is eyelid surgery covered by insurance?
If medically necessary, most insurance providers will cover eyelid surgery. However, if the procedure is performed for aesthetic purposes, eyelid surgery can be considered an elective procedure that may not be covered. You should always check with your provider before scheduling any procedure.
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- Average Cost
- From $4,000
- Procedure Recovery Location
Revitalize Your Eyes
No longer should you allow your eyes to age you beyond your years. Not only can you look younger and more revitalized, but you can also correct vision problems caused by droopy eyelids. When you’re ready to transform your eyes and overall appearance, please feel free to give us a call to set up a consultation to learn more about eyelid surgery.
Dr. Ho and our entire staff are completely dedicated to prioritizing your comfort and satisfaction during this cosmetic procedure. We now offer the PRO-NOX system to ensure your comfort.
With the PRO-NOX Nitrous Oxide Delivery System, you can control anxiety or pain during any medical procedure. Much like what you might receive from your dentist for pain, this vapor blend allows you, the patient, to choose the strength of the nitrous oxide and oxygen flow.
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