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. Sean Delaney, 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. Delaney are facial plastic surgeons who focused solely on aesthetic surgery of the face, head and neck. Dr. Kridel has published scientific journal articles on eyelid surgery techniques. His 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
"Quick story – on the day of Ginger’s surgery Dr. Kridel and Dr. Delaney came out of surgery only to see what seemed to be that no one was in the waiting room. I was tucked away in a corner next to a plug outlet doing some work on my laptop – lucky for me they stepped out and saw me. The elation on Dr. Kridel’s face was magnificent – it actually brought tears to my eyes as I write this. His personal sense of accomplishment on a very, very tough perforated septum surgery that went perfectly was an incredible feeling for all of us – we are so glad that all was a success and the good Lord was taking care of us!!! We are so grateful!"- Anonymous / Other / Nov 02, 2017
"From my initial visit, through the surgery & aftercare process, Dr Kridel and his staff took the time to listen to what I wanted to achieve with the appearance of my eyes and face. He went beyond my expectations in bringing back the youthful appearance I once had. The surgery and recovery was so much easier than I could have imagined and I believe it is due to his skill and dedication in his field. He truly does take great care and precision to make sure you achieve the o..."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Nov 03, 2017
"From my initial visit, through the surgery & aftercare process, Dr Kridel and his staff took the time to listen to what I wanted to achieve with the appearance of my eyes and face. He went beyond my expectations in bringing back the youthful appearance I once had. The surgery and recovery was so much easier than I could have imagined and I believe it is due to his skill and dedication in his field. He truly does take great care and precision to make sure you achieve the outcome you are desiring."- D. . / Wellness / Nov 03, 2017
"I am about 6 weeks out from a grade 4 rhinoplasty revision and septaplasty surgery with Dr. Kridel. I did EXTENSIVE research before I chose my doctor. I was even willing to travel out of state if necessary. I wanted to choose the best, most capable, and skilled doctor, and I did. Dr. Kridel is still the BEST!I had my first septaplasty and rhinoplasty surgery almost 30 years ago and it was a horrific ordeal that left me feeling like I had PTSD for many years. My nose was never the same and eventually the tip started curving to the right and I could not breathe through my nose. I was too scared to go through the experience again, and I was afraid that I'd spend all the money and end up with similar results. Medicine has come a long way, in the past 30 years, and sometimes you get what you pay for in life. Dr. Kridel was not the cheapest, but I am confident that he is indeed the BEST possible option for me. I needed nine grafts to rebuild my nose, and my surgery was over 6 hours long. I woke up after surgery with minimal swelling; whereas, in my previous surgery I woke up with my eyes swollen shut and all bruised up. I never took a pain pill, as it was not needed. I did take Tylenol a few times. Bruising and swelling lasted a couple of days and then subsided. I've been waiting to review Dr. Kridel until I could fully determine the success of my surgery, and I'm super grateful to report to you that I can see that my nose will hold it's shape. I'm able to breathe and my nostrils are now symmetrical. There is no question that Dr. Kridel gave me his best work, and I'm so grateful!I've read reviews that claim that Dr. Kridel needs to move on, as he's getting older, but this is EXTREMELY false. Dr. Kridel is still very passionate about his craft and about teaching and helping others. He is still on the cutting edge of medicine in his field. He helps write text-books on these procedures, so he's clearly still extremely knowledgeable. On the day of surgery, you could tell that he was eager to help me and excited to do the surgery. There was nothing bored, checked-out, or overworked about him. I recommend that you do your research and interview a few doctors. You will see that Dr. Kridel and the two doctors that work with him are top-notch. I have met all three of them, and you cannot go wrong with their bedside manner, knowledge and expertise. This is the place you want to go for sure! I have seen Dr Caceres many times post-surgery, and he was always patient with me, kind, and caring. I was terrified to have my stitches and packing out, but he helped me get through it without any tears! Dr. Caceres truly cares about his patients and that goes a long way!Let me also point out that very few doctors do both procedures: plastic surgery (rhinoplasty) and ENT work (septaplasty). When it comes to the look and function of your nose, you want someone highly skilled at both."- J.P. / Google / Sep 06, 2019
"Dr. Delaney was extremely professional and personable! I had Botox done to my forehead, in between my eyes, and underneath my brows. My eyebrows are at slightly different heights naturally, so he was able to give me a nice arch and even them out. I’m extremely happy with my results and highly recommend him to my friends and family."- I.R. / Other / Oct 28, 2017
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 $4,000-$5,000. 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
- $3,000 - $9,500
- 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. Delaney are highly skilled and experienced 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.
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