Eyelid Lift

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Our eyes convey so much about us, including emotion and fatigue. What are your eyes conveying? If you notice that your eyes make you look tired, angry, sad, or older than you feel, then blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) may be a helpful option.

What is aBlepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a delicate surgical procedure that treats the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.



Over time, skin loses elasticity. This can be very noticeable at the eyelids (where the skin is the thinnest of anywhere in the human body) and can result in loose or sagging skin. This can create folds of skin on the upper eyelid that can feel heavy and sometimes impair vision. While interventions like lasers and eye creams may help with mild skin excess, an upper blepharoplasty is often recommended if a significant amount of extra skin is present.



Commonly, the lower eyelids are the main culprits for causing you to look tired. This can be due to tear troughs (deep grooves that develop at the junction of the lid with the cheek) or bags under the eyes. Filler injections can temporarily camouflage this to a degree but lower blepharoplasty offers a more definitive and long-lasting treatment. It also helps reduce the puffiness under the eyes and smooths the skin.

Upper and lower blepharoplasty are often combined with other procedures, including brow lift, facelift, neck lift. In fact, Dr. Rodriguez often recommends combining these types of procedures to create a cohesive, natural-appearing change to the entire facial region.

How is a Blepharoplastyperformed?

Upper Blepharoplasty

An upper blepharoplasty can be performed comfortably with local anesthesia or general anesthesia. After precise measurements and markings are made at the upper eyelid, a combination of local anesthesia (numbing medicine) and tranexamic acid (a medication to reduce bruising and bleeding) is injected. An incision is then made along the natural crease of the upper eyelid and extra skin, muscle, and/or fat is removed to create a more crisp and youthful appearance.

Lower Blepharoplasty

A lower blepharoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia. The same combination of local anesthesia (numbing medicine) and tranexamic acid (a medication to reduce bruising and bleeding) is injected along the lower eyelid. If extra skin is present, an incision is made just below the eyelashes. The extra skin is then removed so that the lower lid is smoother. Extra fat contributing to a puffy appearance at the lower lid can also be removed through this incision. Patients with loose lower eyelids may require tightening of the lower eyelid (canthopexy) which is done at the same time as the blepharoplasty. If the only issue is extra fat at the lower eyelid and no extra skin is present, an alternative approach may be used, requiring an incision inside the lower eyelid rather than an incision through the skin. This approach is called a transconjunctival blepharoplasty and is preferred whenever possible since no visible scar is created.

Am I a goodCandidate?

Both men and women can benefit from blepharoplasty. If you are in the Houston area, Dr. Rodriguez would love to meet you in person and create a customized surgical plan to address your eyelid concerns.

You are a likely a candidate for blepharoplasty if you:

  • RHave loose skin of the eyelids
  • RHave wrinkled skin of the eyelids
  • RHave puffiness or sagging of the eyelids
  • RHave bags under the eyes
  • RMaintain good control of all medical issues
  • RDo not have any significant issues with your eye health
  • RAre a non-smoker and do not use any nicotine


Whether your procedure is done under local anesthesia or general anesthesia, you will need a family member or friend to safely drive you home. Ice packs will be applied to the eyelids to help minimize swelling. You are advised to use eye drops and eye ointment to keep the eye hydrated after the procedure. Blurry vision, dry eyes, light sensitivity, and eye fatigue (while looking at screens) may be present after surgery but typically resolve within several days. If you wear contact lenses, you should switch to wearing glasses for two weeks after the surgery. Sutures are removed within a week after surgery. The recovery process typically takes about two weeks, and you can resume all exercise and activity three weeks after surgery.


Eyelid scars typically heal very well and are almost imperceptible after several months. You can optimize your scar appearance by protecting it from the sun, particularly in the early post-operative period. After blepharoplasty surgery, your eyes may look more bright, open, rested, and youthful.

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Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in learning more about a Eyelid Lift. Our skilled team is dedicated to providing excellent cosmetic services to Houston and the surrounding area. We’re here to help you achieve a look that will help you feel more comfortable in your body.


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