Houston Blepharoplasty (Eyelid) Surgeon
Blepharoplasty, also referred to as eyelid surgery or eyelid lifts, improves the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. Eyelids are one of the first areas where aging can show and cosmetic eyelid surgery can provide a more youthful appearance. The purpose of eyelid surgery is to give patients a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes, making you look more rested and alert.
Dr. Etai Funk specializes in plastic surgery of the face and neck exclusively at his Houston office and has an intimate understanding of eyelid anatomy and aesthetics. Dr. Funk is one of the top-rated facial plastic surgeons in Houston, which is why many patients have chosen Dr. Funk as their blepharoplasty surgeon to correct drooping upper eye lifts and puffiness under their eyes (eye bags). Dr. Funk accepts blepharoplasty patients from Houston and all across Texas.
Blepharoplasty for Wrinkle Treatment
Blepharoplasty will allow for mild improvement of the fine wrinkles surrounding the eye. However, these wrinkles are best addressed with resurfacing techniques such as laser or chemical peel and Botox®.
Many older patients ask if blepharoplasty is covered by insurance. This is dependent on the severity of your peripheral visual field loss which needs to be documented by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. This result is then submitted to your insurance and they can determine whether they would cover the cost of your upper eyelid surgery. It is important to note that this is only for upper eyelid surgery and not for lower eyelid surgery.
At Funk Facial Plastic Surgery, upper eyelid surgery is a cosmetic procedure and therefore not covered by your insurance. If you elect to try and get partial reimbursement for your upper eyelid surgery from your insurance, our team can provide you with any of your medical records for you to work with your insurance company.
Blepharoplasty is a common procedure that can be performed under sedation or general anesthesia. Recovery time for an eyelid surgery is dependent on the type of surgery you have performed.
Recovery time after upper eyelid surgery is typically 5-6 days. Many patients can resume regular, non-exertional activities the following day. Upper eyelid stitches are removed day 6. Recovery time after lower eyelid bag surgery is typically 7-10 days. There is a little more swelling and bruising with lower eyelid surgery but most patients are social 7-10 days after lower blepharoplasty.
The primary difference between traditional and laser eyelid surgery is that the traditional method uses a scalpel to make the necessary incisions while a laser is used to make the incisions in the latter.
Transconjunctival lower eyelid surgery can be performed with a laser and laser resurfacing of the lower eyelid can be combined with traditional blepharoplasty to repair wrinkles and folds.
It’s important to note that both forms of blepharoplasty yield the same results with the same recovery time, provided the surgeon is experienced. Proponents of laser blepharoplasty claim that there is less swelling, pain and bleeding than the traditional method, but there are no studies to corroborate these claims.