Women and men typically first show aging in the skin around the eyes. For some, droopy, down-turned eyes and overhanging upper or lower lids can be hereditary. These characteristics are easily corrected with eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty, offered by Houston plastic surgeons Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm, is a relatively small operation that makes a big difference. During surgery, excess fat, tissue and skin are removed from the upper and/or lower eyelids. Our patients often comment on the fact that friends tell them they look younger and refreshed, but often can’t put a finger on what is different. These subtle, yet dramatic results restore a softer more vibrant appearance.
What Sets Us Apart
Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are facial plastic surgeons focused solely on aesthetic surgery of the face, head and neck. Each surgeon has published scientific journal articles separately and together on eyelid surgery techniques. Their extensive knowledge and experience of the anatomy of the face, including the eyes, means you will be in the trusted hands of a specialist. During your consultation, we will do computer imaging so that the surgeon can review with you what can be accomplished with surgery.
Eyelid Surgery Reviews
"Dr. Kridel is an excellent doctor who does beautiful work. He made my eyes look 10 years younger. I am very pleased with the results and the after care has been amazing."- S.J. / Office Visit / Dec 10, 2014
"I have always been insecure about my right eye because I had extra skin that I didn’t have on my left eye. I found Dr. Sturm online and decided to check the place out. Coming in I was so nervous but from the get go I felt so comfortable thanks to the staff. They made me feel so welcomed. It’s a moment I’ll never forget. My procedure went great and the results are amazing. I could not be happier I feel like a new person. Dr. Sturm is amazing and I can thank her enough for making me into the person I’ve always wanted to be."- K.H. / Office Visit / Dec 10, 2014
"I was constantly being told how tired I looked. Since the surgery I have gotten nothing but compliments on how young I look."- M.W. / Office Visit / Dec 10, 2014
"48 Year Old with Heavy Eyelids - Houston, TX - Excellent first class surgeon, very patient orientated."- D. / RealSelf / Feb 05, 2014
"Dr. Sturm performed an upper eyelid lift. Surgery went extremely smoothly, and healing was a breeze. Plus, it's exactly the result I wanted. Minimal downtime, and I can only speak for myself, but I had no pain whatsoever throughout the entire process and very minimal bruising/swelling, which only lasted a few days. Her office staff is superb, with excellent pre-op visits, including a consultation that felt very easy and comfortable, answering all my questions. Several post-op visits, with great care taken to ensure my healing went as well as could be expected. Highly recommend!"- P.B. / Google / Jan 10, 2016
Upper Eyelid Surgery
During upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made within the natural fold of the lid and extended outward. The incision will go out as wide as possible so that additional skin folds on the outside of the upper eye can also be addressed. Once the incision is made, excess fat and skin are removed. The incision is closed with absorbable sutures and the scar remains almost completely hidden because of where it resides in the natural crease.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
During lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made along the bottom of the lash line. This allows the surgeon to remove excess fat and tissue. In patients who have puffy lower eyelids but good skin tone, an approach known as a transconjunctival blepharoplasty can be performed. This technique puts the incision inside the lower eyelid rather than outside. For patients who have dark circles under their eyes due to a deficiency of fat in these areas, injectables or other techniques can be used to help fill these soft-tissue deficiencies and improve the appearance of these circles.
Sometimes, it is common to combine eyelid surgery with browlifts or forehead lifts to improve the height and maintain the contour of the upper eyebrow. Some patients also combine eyelid surgery with facelift surgery or laser resurfacing for a more complete facial transformation.
Eyelid surgery can be performed under general anesthesia at an outpatient surgical center or under “twilight” anesthesia in our office-based surgery facility at FPSA. Our surgical facility is accredited and has been certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). AAaHC is an independent, not-for-profit organization that completes an extensive, rigorous assessment for certification. Blepharoplasty surgery generally takes about 2 hours for both the upper and lower eyelids to be addressed. Following surgery, the area around the eyes will be bruised and swollen. Patients should apply ice packs, keep their heads elevated, and apply medicated eye ointment for a few days. Recovery from eyelid surgery is considered “easy” by most patients. You can wear makeup within 5 days. And after a week or less, you should be able to resume your normal routine.
The cost for eyelid surgery varies for each patient and will fluctuate depending on whether both the upper and lower eyelids were addressed. Patients who undergo a full blepharoplasty, which includes both the upper and lower eyelids, will pay on average between $5,500-$8,500. In some patients where the upper eyelid skin obstructs the view, a portion of the surgery may be covered by medical insurance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,500 - $8,500
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are highly skilled and experience facial plastic surgeons. After surgery, scarring will not be visible because of where the incisions are placed. In the upper eyelid, the incision follows the natural crease of the eye. The lower eyelid incision will run just under the eyelashes or inside the eyelid.
Eyelid surgery will reduce puffy bags and excess skin and may help contribute to some minimization of crow’s feet. However, to truly treat crow’s feet, one will need a different approach. BOTOX® injections and procedures such as a browlift or laser resurfacing are better options to help eliminate crow’s feet.
Irritation After Surgery?
Some patients will experience dryness and minimal irritation following surgery. If these occur, we can recommend ointments and eye drops to assist during the healing phase. Patients should protect their eyes against wind and sun irritation for the first several months by wearing dark sunglasses.
If anything, eyelid surgery actually helps improve the vision for many patients. Not only does it restore a fresh, younger look from a cosmetic standpoint, it eliminates the excess skin that may have been impairing vision. It is important to select a skilled surgeon who has expertise with eyelid surgery. We take great care during this surgery so that the eyes themselves are left untouched and unharmed.
Covered by Insurance?
In some cases, eyelid surgery can be covered by insurance. Dr. Angela Sturm accepts most major insurance carriers for the “functional” portion of eyelid surgery, usually the upper eyelids, for patients that have been appropriately diagnosed by an ophthalmologist because loose skin significantly interferes with vision and daily activities.