Cosmetic Dermatology

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)


At the Dermatology and Laser Center

About Blepharoplasty

Many of our patients tell us they look tired — but don’t feel that way!  Because droopy eyelids can make us look older than we are or feel, cosmetic blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) has become one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the US. Every year, thousands of men and women choose upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty ) to improve the way they look.

Photo of woman's eyes before undergoing upper lid eyelid surgery with Dr. Davis
Before Eyelid Surgery
Photo of woman's eyes after undergoing upper lid eyelid surgery with Dr. Davis
After Eyelid

About the Procedure

What is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) and how is it done?

Blepharoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids.  Most patients see droopy eyelids as a signing of aging;  some, though, are younger and having saggy or puffy upper eyelids seems to run in their family.  Either way, upper eyelid blepharoplasty — for the right patient — can make them look younger and more awake.

Dr. Davis begins by gently injecting local anesthetic into the upper eyelids right in his South Texas medical center office.  Patients who want some degree of relaxation can be given a mildly sedating tablet in the office as long as they have someone who can drive them home afterwards.

After the anesthetic, we remove excessive skin and fat, control any bleeding, and close the incision lines carefully with very fine sutures.  After about an hour resting in our office following the procedure the patient can go home.  We ask all patients to return for a post-op check the next day and then return in about a week to remove the sutures.

Who are the best candidates for Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

Good candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who have generally healthy eyes and realistic expectations. Any one or combination of the following conditions may suggest that you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery:

  • Excess skin obscuring the natural fold of the upper eyelids
  • Loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelids, perhaps impairing vision
  • A puffy appearance to the upper eyelids, making the eyes look tired
  • You have had a recent professional eye exam that shows you to be free of eye disease that creates extra risk, such as a retinal detachment or untreated glaucoma.
  • You are willing to carefully follow our pre- and post-operative instructions and let us know immediately if you have any problems related to the surgery.

What every patient needs to know

Dr. Davis performs upper lid blepharoplasty as a purely cosmetic procedure.  While it MAY improve your vision, we cannot charge it to your insurance as a medically necessary procedure.

Dr. Davis is a dermatology surgeon, not an eye doctor.   Therefore, patients who want blepharoplasty to improve vision or correct a muscle or nerve problem relating to the eyes should see a qualified ophthalmologist

There are risks associated with blepharoplasty.  We will discuss these with you during your consultation.

What results can you expect

Our patient satisfaction rate for upper lid blepharoplasty is high.  Most of our patients feel they look refreshed, less tired, more wide awake, and younger.  Our goal is to improve how you look, help you look rested, and we make every effort not to overcorrect, or make you look surprised as a result.

If you are interested, what comes next?

Contact our office and schedule a consultation. Dr. Davis will listen to your concerns, answer your questions and, if he feels you are a good candidate for cosmetic upper lid blepharoplasty, discuss your treatment options.