Want to know more about undergoing upper or lower eyelid surgery?  (Your timing couldn’t be better, because we’re offering 15% off of upper eyelid surgery).  Our surgeons at Wellspring Plastic Surgery provide answers to 10 of the most common questions on the subject:

1) What does eyelid surgery address? The eyelids are some of the body’s most delicate structures. Surgery is designed to either rejuvenate the eyelids or to change the shape of the eyelids. The most common eyelid procedure addresses “tired looking eyes” by removing sagging eyelid skin and tailoring excess eyelid fat in the upper eyelid, lower eyelid or both.

2) Where are incisions placed? The incisions for eyelid surgery are hidden in either the upper eyelid crease, the lower eyelid lash line, or the inside surface of the lower eyelid. As a result, the incisions are well camouflaged, and this is one of the reasons why it is possible to create a natural and rejuvenated appearance.

3) What is the length of surgery? Upper eyelid surgery takes between 1 and 1.5 hours. When upper and lower eyelid surgery is combined, the surgery takes around 2.5 hours.

4) Does eyelid surgery require anesthesia? A “pinch blepharoplasty” (which targets excess skin from the upper eyelid) can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, but otherwise, eyelid surgery is performed while patients are “asleep” under anesthesia.

5) Do I have to stay in the hospital afterwards? This procedure is called “out-patient,” meaning that you get to go home on the same day as your procedure.

6) Is eyelid surgery every combined with other procedures? Since the most common reason for surgery is eyelid rejuvenation, it is common to combine this procedure with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as facelifts, brow lifts, skin resurfacing, or midface lifts.

7) Does insurance cover eyelid surgery? If the eyelids droop to the point of blocking vision, then insurance may cover the procedure. Our office can assist you in determining your insurance plan’s benefits.

8) What can I expect shortly after surgery? Eyelids are very sensitive to swelling and bruising, and both are common after eyelid surgery. Pain medication helps decrease discomfort. Additionally, patients can experience temporary dry eyes or blurried vision.

9) What is the recovery? The recovery depends on the patient and on the extensiveness of the procedure, but most patients are able to return to work with make-up within 1-2 weeks.

10) What’s the next step?  You are invited to call (512) 600-2888.  Our friendly office staff will help coordinate a free consultation with our plastic surgeons in order to discuss the look you hope to achieve.