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2440 E. Fifth Street
Tyler, TX 75701
903-595-0500
800-595-2040

Athens

608 S. Palestine
Athens, TX 75751
903-677-5804

Jacksonville

305 W. Rusk
Jacksonville, TX 75766
903-586-9611

Lindale

1440 S. Main
Lindale, TX 75771
903-882-8990

Winnsboro

408 S. Main
Winnsboro, TX 75494
903-342-5799

Eyelid Lifts

Blepharoplasty, Eyelid Rejuvenation

The Effects of Heredity and Time

Your eyes are usually the first thing that people notice about your appearance. They are probably the most important aspect of facial attractiveness. Even with a good night's sleep, loose skin over your eyes or fat bags under your eyes make you look tired or sad or older than you really are. As we go through life, even if we have taken care of ourselves, the skin around our eyes stretches and wrinkles. Fatty deposits cause the upper lids to sag while under the eye the tissue can bulge forward and become discolored. In severe cases, vision can become partially blocked.

Typically, these unwanted characteristics come with age, beginning in the late thirties and early forties, but hereditary factors can cause a much younger person to appear prematurely aged. Exposure to the sun, use of alcohol, smoking and less than optimal nutrition all accelerate the signs of aging.

Fortunately, through modern techniques and advances in an eyelid rejuvenation procedure called blepharoplasty, Dr. Beall can help restore a more youthful, alert and healthy look to your eyes. Sometimes referred to as a "mini-facelift", blepharoplasty has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for both men and women because of its high level of patient satisfaction. Blepharoplasty can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids.

Before Blepharoplasty

As a general rule, insurance does not cover cosmetic surgery. However, if your eyelids are encroaching upon your field of vision, the procedure may be covered as "medically necessary" surgery.

Before surgery, Dr. Beall will evaluate the condition and health of your eyes. Specifics regarding your vision, tear production, use of contact lenses, use of medications, and personal expectations will be discussed. Together, a plan will be discussed regarding the surgical technique, amount of surgery, and type of anesthesia to be used.

Complications can occur with any surgery, however with blepharoplasty, serious complications are rare and most that do occur can usually be corrected. Be sure to ask you doctor any questions you may have regarding risks and complications before giving your consent for blepharoplasty.

During Blepharoplasty 

Blepharoplasty is generally done using local anesthetic. You may be given a mild sedative to help you relax. Depending on the amount of tissue to be removed, you could be in the operating suite for several hours.

When performed on the upper eyelids, Dr. Beall will remove the excess skin, muscle and fatty tissue that tend to accumulate in the lid. The incisions are made along the natural folds in the skin so that they heal, and become difficult, if not impossible to see with the passage of time.

When performed on the lower eyelids, providing there is not too much excess skin, Dr. Beall will make the incision inside or behind the eyelid. This technique is called a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, which allows the removal of fatty deposits while avoiding the need for an external incision. If there is excessive skin or muscle folds below the eye, an incision may also be made just below the base of the eyelashes. As this incision heals, the fine scar should also become barely visible.

After Blepharoplasty

After the procedure you will need to have someone drive you home. Bruising and swelling is common after the surgery and is usually noticeable for a week to a month after the surgery, but longer in some cases. Cold compresses as well as head elevation will help reduce swelling and bruising and minimize discomfort. Eye ointments and/or eye drops maybe given to keep the eye moist and clean. Postoperative discomfort is usually relatively mild although this will vary from patient to patient. Most patients require little, if any pain medication.

Your eyes may feel sticky, dry and itchy for a week or so after the procedure. You will need to take special care in cleaning around the eyes for the first week or two. Stitches are usually removed within five to ten days after surgery. Make-up can usually be applied to camouflage bruising after the stitches are removed and a good pair of sunglasses may help you feel better when in public for a while. 

It is important to follow all of your postoperative instructions to speed healing and reduce the risks of incurring complications.

Results of Blepharoplasty

Most patients experience a marked improvement in the appearance of their eyes after blepharoplasty. In addition to improving some patients' vision, most patients report feeling more alert and energetic.

Although the positive effects of having blepharoplasty on your appearance will be immediate, your results will not be considered final for up to a year as the healing process continues.

If you want to look as good as you feel, ask Dr. Beall if you are a candidate for blepharoplasty.

 

Bilateral Upper Lid Blepharoplasty

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Bilateral Upper Lid Blepharoplasty

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Bilateral Upper Lid Blepharoplasty and Bilateral Lower Lid Blepharoplasty

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Bilateral Levator Resection and Bilateral Upper Lid Blepharoplasty

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Bilateral Direct Browlift and Bilateral Lower Lid Blepharoplasty

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Bilateral Upper Lid Blepharoplasty

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Eyelid Lifts

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Eyelid Lifts

 

Bilateral Levator Resection and Bilateral Upper Lid Blepharoplasty

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Eyelid Lifts

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Eyelid Lifts