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.
What are the benefits of eyelid surgery?
With increasing age, our eyes can betray us in a variety of aesthetic and functional ways. Our Plano, TX patients who receive a blepharoplasty from Dr. Ho enjoy a number of benefits, some of which include:
- Removal of excess skin from the eyelid and brow bone
- Increase of access to peripheral vision
- Procedure that addresses both upper and lower eyelids
- Rejuvenated and more youthful appearance
Eyelid Surgery Reviews
"Swept the tired, saggy look away - super happy with the result - My son is getting married at the end of October, and I was not happy with my "saggy at 60" appearance. I read reviews and knew I wanted a facial specialist – I chose Dr. Ho based on this research and definitely made the right decision! I had eye blepharoplasty and face/neck lift. While the recovery process is a journey, I'm super happy with the result! Yes, it is worth it 100%. Dr. Ho is a perfectionist, and his team is caring and attentive. If you're feeling the way I did, he will definitely make a difference!Updated on 19 Oct 2022:My son is getting married at the end of October, and I was not happy with my "saggy at 60" appearance. I read reviews and knew I wanted a facial specialist – I chose Dr. Ho based on this research and definitely made the right decision! I had eye blepharoplasty and face/neck lift. While the recovery process is a journey, I'm super happy with the result! Yes, it is worth it 100%. Dr. Ho is a perfectionist, and his team is caring and attentive. If you're feeling the way I did, he will definitely make a difference!"- P. / RealSelf / Oct 19, 2022
"I saw Dr. Ho and received Botox in my forehead, frown lines, and outside of my eyes. I also got filler in my cheeks and my lips. First of all, I have never felt so welcomed. I was treated with so much kindness and Dr. Ho made sure to walk me through everything that was happening. Not only was it pain free, I wasn’t even nervous because I knew exactly what was happening the whole time. He didn’t push any treatment on me and made it very clear that he wanted me to feel comfortable with what I was getting and to look natural. I am unbelievably happy with everything I received. I had no idea how much of a difference it would make. There is a noticeable change but not obvious. I have literally been randomly stopped several times by strangers since then telling me how beautiful I am. I’ll be a lifelong patient for sure!!"- A.P. / Google / May 20, 2023
"I’ve wanted upper blepharoplasty for years. I had a virtual consultation with Dr. Ho in 2020 (during the pandemic) because I saw his work, via the internet, read the reviews and he was recommended by another doctor I’m a patient of. At the time, I was living in Los Angeles and had lots of options, but I wanted Dr. Ho to complete my surgery. Due to the logistics of travel, follow-up care, and distance I postponed my surgery until I moved back to Dallas. Within a few months of arriving in Dallas, I booked my appointment and Dr. Ho did not disappoint AT ALL. I LOVE my results! The pictures provided are only 2 months post-op and they are simply amazing. I’ve mixed, Half Black and Half Korean, and I’ve never seen my eyes this wide eyed and open. He was worth the wait."- R.G. / Yelp / Jun 07, 2023
"Beyond Beautiful Plastic Surgery (Dr. Vu Ho) - I’ve wanted upper blepharoplasty for years. I had a virtual consultation with Dr. Ho in 2020 (during the pandemic) because I saw his work, via the internet, read the reviews and he was recommended by another doctor I’m a patient of. At the time, I was living in Los Angeles and had lots of options, but I wanted Dr. Ho to complete my surgery. Due to the logistics of travel, follow-up care, and distance I postponed my surgery until I moved back to Dallas. Within a few months of arriving in Dallas, I booked my appointment and Dr. Ho did not disappoint AT ALL. I LOVE my results! The pictures provided are only 2 months post-op and they are simply amazing. I’ve mixed, Half Black and Half Korean, and I’ve never seen my eyes this wide eyed and open. He was worth the wait. Please excuse the angels of the pictures, I’m not the best at looking directly in the camera."- F. / RealSelf / Jun 07, 2023
"Amazing results - my eyes are brighter and no longer hollow - Dr Ho has a wonderful bedside manner, and his staff is very nice. I went to see him about under eye filler and he suggested I try the new one for eyes called Eyelight- I’m so thrilled with my results!! My eyes are brighter and no longer hollow. I also had filler placed to fill In my marionette lines around my mouth and it looks so much better now! Dr Ho did an amazing job and truly cares about his patients. His goal is to make sure you’re happy with his work. I’ve had a couple bad experiences with other Dr’s but I’ve finally found a Dr I can trust. I definitely recommend him and will be back!Thanks Dr Ho!"- M. / RealSelf / Jul 24, 2023
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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