About Eyelid Surgery
A person's eyes are a beautiful aspect of the face that deserve to be seen. However, sometimes an excess of skin on top or around the eyes can render an unflattering facial appearance. Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Derek Lou performs eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) to lift and tighten the lower or upper eyelid, creating a younger and awakened facial appearance. So many men and women have eyelid surgery at Lou Plastic Surgery to correct sagging skin, leading to improved functionality and facial appearance. Whether upper or lower, eyelid surgery creates a softer, younger appearance and can give you natural yet noticeable improvements. If you are interested in refreshing your eyes by removing excess skin, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lou at his practice in Houston, TX.
"Dr. Lou was great! He completely put me at ease. I had something done that I thought would be more complicated. He explained the procedure and said it could be done in his office in a 30 minute time span. So easy! Now I regret waiting so long."- A. / Healthgrades / Jan 10, 2019
"Dr. Lou and Erica are simply amazing! Dr. Lou is not only a very talented surgeon he is a very patient, nice, and comforting Dr. Him and Erica never made me feel rushed or like I was asking too many questions and made me feel completely comfortable, I love them and am forever grateful to them for changing my life. Allie has been wonderful with post op treatments as well, could not ask for a better team than Lou Plastic Surgery!"- S.H. / Google / Oct 16, 2019
"Dr. Lou and his team are absolutely phenomenal and were God sent. I'd previously considered another surgeon for my procedure but didn't feel quite comfortable with him. So, I searched my insurance portal, and found Dr. Lou. I respect how he believes in knowing exactly what he's going into before a surgical procedure. Therefore, I was scheduled to have several CAT scans done before cutting into the unknown. He was very attentive during my healing process, and even came to my aid on Christmas day to check on me. His right hand person/office manager, Erica is more kind than I can express! She assured me that everything would go as planned, and ALWAYS greeted me with a smile....she even took out time to listen to me speak about my past moments of depression due to my displeasure with my body. What more can I say? Dr. Lou is an absolutely AMAZING and extremely CARING surgeon!! I'd choose this practice all over again if need be."- C.Y. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"I saw Dr. Lou for a second opinion after an incident involving my thumb. There's a long story behind how the injury got so bad, but finding Dr. Lou was the best thing that ever happened to me. I only wish I had known him at the onset of this ordeal. The day before I met Dr. Lou, another doctor (at a clinic) was trying to convince me to go into emergency surgery to open my thumb up for what they said was infected very badly. Turns out, there was no infection at all, which was exactly what Dr. Lou confirmed before the results even came back. Dr. Lou is the best in my opinion. A doctor has to be able to listen (and there was a lot of background to give him), have compassion for the patient (which I was totally convinced he cared about me, what I was going through and my fears) and still provide the best solution for the problem. He had to clean up (cut) my thumb pretty good (and by good - it wasn't pretty, but I felt nothing b/c I was numb), but I immediately started the down road to recovery which no other doctor (I had seen 3 already) could get me to. It's because of Dr. Lou and his staff that I write this long review. I haven't experienced anything this traumatic in my adult life! Some people would say "it's just a thumb"...but you don't realize how much you need a thumb until it's almost gone! I'm almost 100% healed and Dr. Lou and his nurses have guided me every step of the way. They make you feel like family and you just don't get better than that these days! Thank you for everything Dr. Lou, Erika and Allie!"- K.M. / Google / Oct 11, 2019
"I wanted to write a review to thank Erika for helping me arranged my appointment with Dr. Lou to get some injections done. She helped me iron out some questions I had about the injectable products. I've been going to Dr. Lou for over a year now and his work is superior and he really provides excellent patient care. I definitely recommend Dr. Lou for all cosmetic needs whether it's small or large. Remember to ask for Erika when you call to book your appointment."- A.H. / Yelp / Oct 03, 2019
Blepharoplasty is a facial cosmetic enhancement that is popular among both women and men. During the initial consult, treatment options will be provided by Dr. Lou based on your conditions that need to be corrected. Most often, ideal candidates are impaired by excess, sagging skin and folds on the upper eyelid, or puffy skin just under the bottom eyelid. These irregularities can cause functional problems that can get in the way of everyday activities. For a more awake facial appearance, blepharoplasty may be the appropriate treatment for you. If you have excess, hanging skin on the upper eyelid, or bulges and puffiness under the eyes, blepharoplasty can fix this to provide you with a softer appearance.
Depending on the nature of the eyelid surgery, some form of anesthesia will be used. This cosmetic procedure may be done on the top eyelid by itself, on the bottom portion, or a blend of both treatments.
Upper eyelid surgery assists in reducing the loose skin that impairs vision to produce a more flattering look. The incision point is often placed along the natural crease to remove skin and tissue.
Lower bleph is performed to improve bulging, bloated skin underneath the lower lid. In most cases, an incision is made below the lash line to surgically remove fat, and the skin is gently lifted to create a flatter, smoother look. Sometimes, a nonsurgical laser procedure may be performed to help with discoloration, while injectable fillers can be used for additional volume and smoothness if needed.
What to Expect
Blepharoplasty can take up to two hours, depending on whether both eyes or one is treated. After surgery, you should allow several days to rest. Cold compresses can assist in reducing swelling, bruising, and discomfort. The outcomes from blepharoplasty may last a decade or longer, but while they are long-lasting, aging does not stop. To continue to enhance your surgical outcomes, nonsurgical treatments at Lou Plastic Surgery, such as injections, fillers, and lasers, can be added to create a glowing appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Eyelid surgery costs will vary based on whether you're getting a lower eyelid lift, upper, or both. Once your surgical plan is created at your initial consultation, Dr. Lou can talk to you about cost estimates. For results that look natural and last for many years, it's better to concentrate on finding an experienced doctor whom you are comfortable with, like Dr. Lou, rather than looking for the lowest cost. To help you afford great results, Lou Plastic Surgery takes several payment methods, including low-interest medical financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
When excess skin is compromising your sight, your health insurance might cover some of your blepharoplasty. Please speak with Dr. Lou at your initial consultation if you may be applying for an insurance claim. A team member at Lou Plastic Surgery can help you submit the required paperwork and information to your provider to consider your claim. In most cases, you will require a letter from an ophthalmologist or optometrist stating that blepharoplasty is medically necessary to restore your field of vision.
What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Blepharoplasty doesn't just help to rejuvenate your face, but it can also give you other benefits. You may discover your visual field is greater once hanging skin on your upper eyelid is gone. It is also much easier to put on eye shadow and other makeup once your upper lid is smooth. Getting rid of fine lines, paper-thin skin, dark circles, and puffy bags on your lower eyelid may help your eyes appear fuller and brighter without a lot of makeup.
Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Crow's feet and forehead wrinkles might be better treated with a brow lift or facelift as the improvements of blepharoplasty are limited to the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty may also be performed with a nonsurgical treatment, like BOTOX, which can smooth wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. Wrinkle fillers, like Juvéderm or Restylane, may help to add volume for a softer, smoother appearance. In your initial consultation, Dr. Lou will develop your unique treatment plan to fit your needs and goals.
What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Nonsurgical skin tightening, plus injectable wrinkle treatments (like Restylane, Juvéderm, and BOTOX) may give you mild improvements. Although, if you want to fix moderate to severe loose skin or would like to see results that last a long time, eyelid surgery is better for your needs. Once you tell Dr. Lou about your needs and goals, he will give you his suggestions for a surgical or nonsurgical treatment plan. He might also recommend combining both nonsurgical and surgical procedures for ideal results.
If your vision is impaired from excess skin on your upper eyelids, or you are frustrated by bulging bags underneath your eyes, then cosmetic eyelid surgery at Lou Plastic Surgery may be the answer for you. This treatment can allow you to look and feel younger and more alert while offering a beautiful solution to your vision impairment concerns. We encourage you to call our office in Houston, TX to schedule a consultation with Dr. Derek Lou.