Eyelid Surgery Overview
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 surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel, 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 is a facial plastic surgeon focused solely on aesthetic surgery of the face, head and neck. He 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
"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 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
"I have never been more impressed with an entire staff of people in all my life. Literally every single encounter throughout my initial consultation all the way to each follow up visit has been delightful. Due to Dr. Kridel’s outstanding reputation, I was pretty confident I was in great hands, but I must say in my personal experience, my already predicted great expectations were exceeded! I was so impressed by my experience I have since then given my mother a gift for a procedure with Dr. Kridel and that speaks volumes! Every single person of this staff is very much appreciated!"- H.H. / Office Visit / Mar 16, 2016
"My best friend and I wanted for years to have surgery done until one day we decided to go see Dr. Kridel. We had seen a few of his patients (one was my sister) and new that if we were going to do it, it had to be with him. We had surgery 5 months ago and we both love the results! I had face and eye surgery and can't tell you how happy I am. I just look refreshed without that "she had plastic surgery look". The recovery time was short and painless. He takes some much care of his patients along with his staff. Words cannot describe what a wonderful experience it was with Dr. Kridel. This is an important disicion that we take. Don't hesitate, Dr. Kridel is the best doctor there is!!"- M.V. / Google / Mar 22, 2014
Eyelid Surgery Surgical Technique
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 During/After Surgery
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.
Eyelid Surgery Expected Cost
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
- $2,750 - $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 is a highly skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeon. 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.