Shakespeare once wrote that the “eyes are the windows to the soul”. Whether or not that’s true is still up for debate, but the eyes are definitely one of the first things that people notice about you. They also, unfortunately, tend to show the earliest signs of aging. The skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than that on the rest of the face, making it particularly susceptible to fine lines, sagging skin and puffiness. For these issues, eyelid surgery can offer some of the most profound results of all aesthetic procedures.
Dr. Robert Whitfield is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience in cosmetic surgery. He has an in depth knowledge of facial anatomy and proportion. He looks to the big picture: how your eyes relate to your face as a whole, as well as the underlying causes of the aging around your eyes.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to revitalize the look of the upper lid, the lower lid or both. It is a great option for both men and women who want to look refreshed, but who maybe aren’t ready for a facelift.
During an eyelid surgery consultation, Dr. Whitfield will listen to your concerns and wishes. He will assess the skin tone and skin laxity in your upper and lower eyelid as well as the positioning of the fat pad underneath your eye. Together, you will come up with the treatment plan that best suits your needs. This may include eyelid surgery alone, or in conjunction with some type of filler or fat grafting underneath the eyes.
Age, genetics and lifestyle choices such as smoking and sun exposure can weaken the tissues around the eyes. The result is sagging skin and puffy fat on the upper eyelid that can make you look haggard, perpetually tired and older than your years. In severe cases, the skin may even be limiting your peripheral vision.
An upper blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure in which Dr. Whitfield lifts the skin and muscles on the upper lids, and removes or repositions any fatty deposits if necessary. The stitches are placed in the crease of the eyelid where they won’t be noticeable.
For patients with excess skin or fatty deposits underneath the eye, Dr. Whitfield will perform a lower blepharoplasty. The incisions can be placed either beneath the lash line or he may take a transconjunctival approach where he goes through the inside of the lower eyelid.
With age, many men and women develop a bulging fat pad underneath their eyes that looks like a permanent sleeping bag. Or else the fat pad shifts position leaving you with a dark hollow in your tear trough area and a bumpy transition from your upper cheek to your lower eye. Dr. Whitfield’s goal with lower eyelid surgery is to smooth out the area under your lash line. This may mean removing and repositioning fat and/or trimming excess skin.
For patients who only need upper eyelid surgery but still have some persistent shadows in the tear trough area, Dr. Whitfield may inject fillers or utilize fat transfer to fill in the hollow beneath the eyes, the underlying cause of dark circles. All of this will be discussed in detail during your initial consultation.
In general, most patients recover quite quickly from eyelid surgery. You will be bruised and swollen for the first week, and if you have sutures, they will need to stay in for 7-10 days. Patients should be back to their daily activities within 3-7 days.
The average cost of an upper blepharoplasty is $3,020. The cost for a lower blepharoplasty is going to depend on which procedure or procedures that you have performed.
To find out more about a blepharoplasty with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at 877-785-2382 or schedule a consultation at any of our three Austin locations: Lakeway, Round Rock or West Lake Hills.