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
"i had laser resurfacing, a face lift and my eyes done. I look great and got just what I wanted. The makeup and skin care products are amazing and help to contain the results and enhance my looks. Love the staff. Always available and give excellent advice. I got really good care at the hospital. A great experience."- Anonymous / Vitals / Jan 07, 2012
"48 Year Old with Heavy Eyelids - Houston, TX - Excellent first class surgeon, very patient orientated."- D. / RealSelf / Feb 05, 2014
"Excellent experience - I did a lot of research over the past two years and dr kridel's name came up several times. The consultation was first-class in every way from punctuality to how I was treated by his staff and then the time he took to explain the procedure for my facelift and eyelid lift and to answer my list of questions. During the surgery process, I was treated like the most important person in the world by Dr Kridel and the hospital staff. I felt like every step in the recovery was so well-explained. This was a totally positive experience-the fact that I look like myself, only as I looked in pictures from 10 years ago, is the ultimate and I can't recommend Dr Kridel highly enough."- S. / Vitals / Dec 20, 2015
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
- $4,000 - $5,000
- 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.