Benefits of Blepharoplasty
Written by Shannon Wong on October 25, 2020
Blepharoplasty, or eye lift, is an effective way to reduce bagginess visible on the lower eyelids, while removing sagging skin from the upper eyelids. It tightens the skin surrounding the eyes and eliminates excess fat, changing a once-tired expression into a supple, youthful look.
Experienced Austin Eye surgeons are skilled in performing blepharoplasty as a convenient in-office procedure that can reverse or minimize the signs of aging near the eyes.
Brightening Eyes Brighten All
Blepharoplasty is a permanent solution for weary eyes and worn-out expressions. Once fat is removed during blepharoplasty, it will never come back. The procedure does not freeze time, however; you will experience a normal loosening of skin over the next 10 or 20 years. Eye lift resets the clock, so your natural aging process begins again with much younger-looking skin.
Because blepharoplasty is meant to last years, it is important that a surgeon refrain from removing too much skin. The experienced ophthalmologists of Austin Eye favor a conservative approach, removing an amount that is sufficient to give you a relaxed, optimistic look. When too much skin is removed, the resulting side effects may include dry eyes and difficulty completely closing the eyelids.
Other Proven Solutions
Although the results of blepharoplasty can be remarkable, patients often choose other effective options. Among them is brow lift. When your primary concern is loose skin and an accumulation of fat in the upper and lower eyelids, blepharoplasty is often the best choice. If you are satisfied with the shape and placement of your eyebrow, blepharoplasty may be all you need. Brow lift may be a better choice when your brow is within the eye socket, has lost its natural shape, or you have a pocket of fat or loose skin that involves more than just the eyelid.
Dermal fillers are another option for improving skin near the eyes. Small injections of products such as Bellafill, Restylane, Juvederm or Perlane can improve the appearance of the skin around the eyes by smoothing out the skin. Dermal fillers are an effective way to treat dark circles under the eyes, too. Loss of volume and thinning skin exposes blood vessels under the skin, giving the area a darker appearance. Injecting a dermal filler provides a cushion that compensates for the thinner skin and loss of fat.
Blood vessels and pigment can be directly targeted with laser treatment, as well. Laser is also very effective in treating so-called “crepey” skin under the eyes. In some cases, Botox or Dysport can be a preferred way to relax muscles that are causing wrinkles and volume displacement near the eyes.
If you would like to learn more about blepharoplasty or available alternatives, we invite you to
schedule a personal consultation with one of the board-certified ophthalmologists at Austin Eye. Contact us by calling our North office at (512) 250-2020 or our Central office at (512) 454-2020.