Eye Surgery Overview
Your eyes are your most dazzling, expressive features. They are one of the first things people notice when they look at you, so having any insecurities about the appearance or functional issues of your eyes can have a substantial impact on your wellbeing and confidence. Cosmetic imperfections in your eyelids and the surrounding skin can make you look older, exhausted, or even angry. Furthermore, sagging, drooping, creases, swelling, grooves, or other deformities can interfere with your vision, making it more difficult for you to simply go about your daily life.
At Dr. Michel Siegel’s Houston plastic surgery office, we’re dedicated to improving your appearance, health, and quality of life. Cosmetic eye surgery, or blepharoplasty, is an outstanding treatment option for patients who are unsatisfied with the look and/or function of their eyes. When skillfully performed by a top blepharoplasty surgeon like Dr. Siegel, this minor procedure offers monumental results.
Before & After Gallery
Nothing reflects to the outer world how we feel more than our eyes. Eyes are a portal to the soul; they convey our emotions – happiness, excitement, worry, and fatigue.
With the passage of time, it is inevitable that our faces lose volume and skin becomes less elastic, causing our brows to descend and our eyes to have a saggy appearance. This may give a false impression to the outer world that we are sad, worried, or angry.
The first phase of cosmetic eye surgery is a consultation. During this meeting, Dr. Siegel will discuss your desired outcome, and answer any questions you may have about blepharoplasty. There is no standard time for a consult – your appointment will last as long as it takes for Dr. Siegel to completely understand your needs and preferences. After discussing your concerns and your goals, he will generate a three-dimensional “before and after” image to help you picture your results. At this point, you and Dr. Siegel can make any necessary adjustments to ensure he exceeds your expectations for the procedure. At the end of this appointment, you’ll have a personalized plan in place to give you the natural-looking eye surgery results you want. Dr. Siegel is well-versed in many blepharoplasty techniques, and he can perform both upper and lower eyelid surgery to address a wide variety of cosmetic and functional concerns.
Whether it’s for hooded eyelids, bags under your eyes, or loose skin obstructing your view, each eye surgery will come with specific pre- and post-op instructions. For example, you may need to adhere to general rules for undergoing a surgical procedure, such as staying properly hydrated and avoiding medications that could interact with anesthesia. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Siegel and our team will go over each of the specific guidelines in detail with you. We will outline everything for your particular eye procedure, from the week before your surgery through the end of your recovery. With Dr. Siegel’s help, you will be completely ready to undergo and heal beautifully from your blepharoplasty.
Each eye surgery is as unique as the patient, so there’s no one-size-fits-all formula. Your blepharoplasty can be performed under twilight sedation (a light anesthesia) which ensures your complete comfort during the surgery but eliminates the side effects and longer recovery time of general anesthesia. Dr. Siegel’s expertise in facial plastic surgery, and experience allows him perform the surgery precisely to achieve natural and balanced results that will result in a refreshed, and not overdone, appearance.
Since Dr. Siegel focuses exclusively in the field of facial plastic surgery, he has a greater depth of experience and expertise than other blepharoplasty surgeons. This allows him to complete even the most complex procedures with minimal swelling and discomfort. Our patients often find recovery from blepharoplasty much easier than what they’ve heard from others or read about online. On the day of your blepharoplasty, you should plan on resting afterwards. Many patients are able to return to work after three to five days with no noticeable signs of surgery. For the first week or two following the procedure, you may want to wear sunglasses and avoid straining your eyes.
What is the difference between upper and lower blepharoplasty?
As you might assume, upper blepharoplasty involves adjustments to the upper eyelid, while lower blepharoplasty addresses the lower eyelid. Dr. Siegel often recommends upper blepharoplasty for patients with excess skin covering the natural folds of the upper eyelids, loose skin hanging down over the eyelashes, impaired vision from eyelids, or to reduce a puffy appearance above the eyes. He suggests lower blepharoplasty for patients with puffy lower eyelids, deep grooves under their eyes, excess skin, fine lower eyelid wrinkles, or bags and dark circles under the eyes. Your eye surgery may combine both upper and lower blepharoplasty for optimal results. Dr. Siegel may also propose adjunctive treatments such as a brow lift, laser or chemical peel, or a BOTOX® filler to further enhance your eyes.
Does Dr. Siegel do ethno-specific surgeries like Asian blepharoplasty?
Yes. Dr. Siegel can perform a blepharoplasty to remedy a lack of defined upper eyelid fold or crease due to certain ethnicities’ facial anatomy.