About Eyelid Surgery
They say that the eyes are the window to the soul. Your eyes attract immediate attention and should be the most attractive aspect of your face, as they can elicit either a negative or positive first impression. For instance, heavy, droopy upper eyelids can make individuals appear not just older, but also sad and tired. Lower eyelid bags and dark circles can also render a similar unflattering appearance.
Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George A. Toledo performs blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, to lift and tighten the upper or lower eyelid and create a more youthful, refreshed look. In the last 30 years, hundreds of men and women have undergone eyelid surgery at the Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center; this procedure can create a softer, younger appearance and can produce subtle, yet striking, improvements.
Eyelid Lift Reviews
"I typically am only a reader or reviews but my experience with Dr. Toledo and his “girls” was so outstanding I’m submitting my first review. I came to Dallas from Alabama for a full facelift and eyelid surgery. My cousin, a Dallas doctor, in Highland Park had a facelift last year and she raves about Dr. Toledo. So, I went to Dallas for a weekend of shopping and for my consultation appointment. Dr. Toledo did a very thorough evaluation, explained all his recommendations, and answered all my questions. I have never been to a doctor’s office that was so warm and caring. I scheduled my surgery, and his nurses gave me everything I need to get ready. I had a face/neck lift and eyelid surgery in April 2021. I stayed in Dallas for about 10 days then headed back home. I look at least 15 years younger. I didn’t feel like I had to hide, my recovery was fast and painless. My husband keeps calling me his trophy wife, I know if sounds bad, but I love it. We have been married for 30 years and this rejuvenation has given us a new spark. This is the best decision I have ever made."- M.J. / Google / Nov 21, 2021
"My 55 year old face looked like it was melting in the Texas heat. My forehead and eyes were droopy making me look tired all the time and my neck was hanging down like a turkey. Needless to say, it was time to talk about a facelift because I looked about 15 years older than I should. I have always heard Dr. Toledo’s name mentioned by ladies as the facelift king. I met with him and he recommended a face and neck lift, forehead lift and upper eyelid surgery. He also required I get medical clearance prior to surgery which I appreciated. I had my surgery in May. My recovery was quick, and I went back to work in 10 days. I had no discomfort or bruises but did have to keep ointment in my eyes for a couple of days. My results are perfect, I look like I’m forty again. My neck is smoothed with no sagging, but I love my forehead and eyes. People keep telling me my eyes look so bright and I look really happy. Well I look that way because of this incredible surgery but an excellent surgeon. Dr. Toledo and his staff are as good as it gets. After my experience with surgery and recovery I trust him completely. Update: Still so happy with my looks."- B.T. / Google / Nov 26, 2021
"The doctor and staff gave me an outstanding patient experience - I need to write this review! Have patience with me I am moving and starting a new job. I had my surgery April 21st and my consultation on April 20th. I wanted to give some credit to a girl on here I can't remember her name. I loved her results which caused me to make the phone call. I stayed in Dallas 11 days. I didn't need all that time. I hired a company for my overnight person. You will need someone with you for 24 hours after surgery. Dr. Toledo's office has the name of the company I used. Overall, my experience was 10/10, it was great. Dr. Toledo and his staff gave me outstanding patient experience. Treated me very well. I have no complaints. The rest of this review is going to be a little more detailed experienced.Updated on 17 Aug 2022:There were so many issues. First my tip drooped like a beak. It was flat and very wide. My request was to Lift the tip and make the nostrils smaller.I wasn’t expecting a whole lot. Honestly anything would’ve been better. I was sick of looking at my nose. He had some suggestions and I was surprised. I just wasn’t expecting a whole lot. He made a cute personalized button nose. Something very fitting and flattering I should’ve been born with.Updated on 17 Aug 2022:The only thing Dr. Toledo said that was untrue was that “there’s going to be some days you hate your nose while it’s healing” there has not been one. I remember where I came from and how my nose looked. When my nose was swollen and healing I loved it and it allowed me to get use to how small it was going to be. My nose was different in shape and smaller after surgery it just got a lot smaller. The tip is still hard and swollen so I have some ways to heal. This is not it. I’m telling you I love my results so much I look in the mirror first moment I wake up. I’m sure my dogs are looking at me and rolling their eyes. I stare at my self in the mirror and think dam I look so good. lol. When I take pictures I have so many angles that work for me. I don’t have to worry. I use to take 160 pictures and pick only 5 and trash the rest. There were only two angles that worked for me -up high and to the side. Now every angle looks good even my nostrils looking down. I just take a few pictures no editing and I’m done. everything is in balance and my features match. My smile and eyes are the focus point. I’m excited to take pictures. I’m confident.Updated on 17 Aug 2022:I get a lot of compliments. Star struck, more looks, different treatment, more attention-yes just from my nose. I slept elevated on a pillow for a long time after surgery because of swelling. I’m not sure how long you have to sleep elevated but I did for 3 months. I used a bunch of pillows and slept on my back."- M. / RealSelf / Jun 21, 2022
"I started following Dr Toledo two years ago after he had done a face and brow lift, blepharoplasty on a good friend of mine. I am a RN so she had asked me to help her out following her procedure. She looked amazing so I started researching. It took me two years to get the courage to go through with this and I am so glad I did. I wish I had done it sooner because I am over the moon excited with my results. My results exceeded my expectations. My face looks bright and youthful again, and my turkey neck is GONE!!! Dt. Toledo is very attentive to detail and confident in his work and it shows. He listens to your questions/concerns and provides reassuring responses… which made me totally confident I was in good hands. His staff prepared me well for what to expect pre and post surgery so that I would have a successful outcome… and DID!!! I am so pleased with my entire experience! I had the brow, face, and neck lift done… this required one overnight stay. I had the best nurse (Ronnie) stay with me. She was on top of everything and I felt comfortable knowing she was there with me. I am a RN myself so I know how important it is to have good care. Not to mention Dr Toledo came to visit me during my recovery at 9pm and again the next morning. I was totally impressed by this !!! The entire staff really compliment each other. The pictures below are two days before surgery and 5 days post surgery. My results are getting better by the day. I cant thank Dr Toledo and his staff enough for everything they have done for me. Selena Stewart, BSN RN"- S.S. / Google / Sep 20, 2022
"My Results Far Exceeded my Expectations!!! Brow, Face, and Neck Lift - I started following Dr Toledo two years ago after he had done a face and brow lift, blepharoplasty on a good friend of mine. I am a RN so she had asked me to help her out following her procedure. She looked amazing so I started researching. It took me two years to get the courage to go through with this and I am so glad I did. I wish I had done it sooner because I am over the moon excited with my results. My results exceeded my expectations. My face looks bright and youthful again, and my turkey neck is GONE!!! Dt. Toledo is very attentive to detail and confident in his work and it shows. He listens to your questions/concerns and provides reassuring responses… which made me totally confident I was in good hands. His staff prepared me well for what to expect pre and post surgery so that I would have a successful outcome… and DID!!! I am so pleased with my entire experience! I had the brow, face, and neck lift done… this required one overnight stay. I had the best nurse (Ronnie) stay with me. She was on top of everything and I felt comfortable knowing she was there with me. I am a RN myself so I know how important it is to have good care. Not to mention Dr Toledo came to visit me during my recovery at 9pm and again the next morning. I was totally impressed by this !!! The entire staff really compliment each other.I tried inserting before and after pictures but it says my files are too big. Let me say at day 5 I was looking great and my results are getting better by the day. I cant thank Dr Toledo and his staff enough for everything they have done for me.Selena Stewart, BSN RN"- H. / RealSelf / Sep 20, 2022
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women in their 30s or older who are unhappy with the appearance of dark, puffy under-eye bags or sagging upper eyelids. It is important for patients to be in good health and to disclose any medical conditions or medications to Dr. Toledo prior to treatment. Individuals with diabetes, thyroid problems and dry eye may not be suitable for this procedure. It is also important for patients to have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of surgery. Although an eyelid lift can address existing signs of aging, it cannot stop the aging process altogether. Those individuals who are seeking a more comprehensive change may pursue additional cosmetic procedures such as a facelift or a forehead lift.
Dr. Toledo’s philosophy on eyelid surgery is to achieve conservative restoration of the original shape and contour of the eyelids. Over-resection of skin, muscle, and fat-which was common practice 20 to 30 years ago-should be avoided. Dr. Toledo carefully preserves and repositions the fat.
Dr. Toledo performs eyelid surgery at his state-of-the-art facility, the Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center, using the latest surgical techniques. Depending on the extent of the blepharoplasty, either general anesthesia or IV sedation will be used. Eyelid surgery can be performed on just the upper or lower lids, but frequently both are operated on together.
Upper blepharoplasty reduces the loose skin that droops over the eye to create a more flattering look. An incision is usually made along the natural crease to remove loose skin and muscle. Excess fat can be removed or repositioned as needed.
Lower blepharoplasty will address both the excess bulging fat and loose wrinkly skin. Some patients have a deep “tear trough” that will accentuate the appearance of the overlaying fat pocket. There are two distinctly different techniques for rejuvenating the lower eyelids.
- Open Lower Blepharoplasty – This approach is more extensive and utilizes incisions along the eyelashes extending into the crow’s feet lines. With this procedure all aging issues can be addressed. Excess skin is removed and tightened, and excess fat is either trimmed or preferably redistributed into the tear troughs and upper cheeks.
- Transconjunctival Lower Blepharoplasty – This procedure is indicated when the overlying skin is firm, and the primary issue is bulging fat. Transconjunctival blepharoplasties are commonly performed on younger patients or ethnic patients with thicker, tighter skin. An incision is placed on the inside of the lower lid avoiding external scars.
What to Expect
Dr. Toledo is committed to providing a safe, comfortable and positive surgical experience to his patients by providing thorough post-operative instructions. In addition, he and his professional, attentive staff are available to address any questions or concerns that may arise during the recovery period. Most blepharoplasty patients are able to return to work within six days. The results of the eyelid lift surgery become apparent in the days after surgery as swelling begins to subside. The procedure results in a youthful, refreshed appearance and often helps patients improve their overall self-confidence.
Frequently Asked Questions
What other procedures are frequently performed with eyelid surgery?
As you age, the forehead, brow complex will sag and droop giving the upper eyelid the appearance of having excess skin when the real problem is the fallen brow. Likewise, a sagging cheek will pull down the lower eyelid, deepening the tear trough and accentuating the fat bulges. The sagging face will pull down and elongate the lower lid, which is not a youthful look. Therefore, a brow or forehead lift and mid facelift are sometimes necessary to achieve the optimal rejuvenation to the eyes.
What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
Blepharoplasty not only helps to refresh your appearance, but it can also improve other aspects of your life. You may notice your field of vision expanding after the excess, hanging skin from your upper eyelid is removed. It can also be much easier to apply eye makeup when your upper eyelid is smooth.
Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles may be better treated with a facelift or forehead lift as the results of the eyelid surgery are confined to the eyelids alone. Eyelid surgery can also be combined with a nonsurgical procedure such as BOTOX, which combats wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. An injectable filler can also be effective because it adds volume to hollow areas for a softer, smoother appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Toledo will create your unique treatment plan based on your needs and goals.
What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Nonsurgical skin tightening such as laser treatments and chemical peels are effective for minimal skin laxity, wrinkles, and discoloration. However, if you have moderate to severe sagging skin or want long-lasting results, eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a much better option. Dr. Toledo may suggest combining both surgical and nonsurgical procedures for your best results
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $10,000
Dr. Toledo approaches each eyelid surgery consultation with the understanding that no two patients are alike. He treats all patients with the same respect and attention that he would expect from a medical professional, and he will take time to evaluate your facial features and understand your goals and motivations for cosmetic surgery. Dr. Toledo also addresses any questions or concerns you may have so that you can feel completely comfortable about your decision to undergo eyelid lift surgery. If you are interested in rejuvenating your eyes, schedule a consultation with Dr. Toledo at the Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center in Dallas, Texas.