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
"Best Plastic Surgeon - Dr. Toledo did a mommy make over on me 6 years ago I still could not be more thrilled! I have had an improved satisfaction in the way I see myself and refer everyone I can to him. He and his staff are the best! I am about to go in for an eye lid consult and I am super confident my results will be spectacular!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Aug 24, 2016
"From “younger”Will - He’s THE best. Had full face lift and besides knowing I look younger they can’t see any signs I had anything “done”. That’s why we call him The Wizard. You have your facelift, in a week or less you’re back out in public, and you look 10+ years younger. Magical!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 12, 2018
"Until I got into my thirties I did not think I would be a person who would have plastic surgery. My friend went to Dr. Toledo and recommended him. Even though I'm from San Antonio I drove up to Dallas to meet him. I was very nervous, never having been to a plastic surgeon before, but Dr. Toledo answered all my questions and was frank with me about what I could expect. I like that he talked to me like an adult. He recommended a forehead lift to open up my eyes. He was absolutely right. I had my surgery done 10 days ago and am very happy. The surgery was not painful and was a stress-free. I cannot stop talking about how happy I am. I will definitely go back and recommend him to my friends and family in San Antonio.Update: 2/15/2018I had a Mircolaser Peel last week. Dr. Toledo's office was advertising a discount for the laser treatment so I trekked back up to Dallas for the treatment. As always the staff are so nice and I love that fact I never have to remind them who I am. They always remember me. I had the micro laser peel to resurface my face. The entire treatment from start to finish was only about 30 minutes. My face was red but I could tell it was going to look good. Now 1 week after the laser my skin looks smooth and supple. I'm ready to show off during Fiesta in April.Thanks Dr. T and staff. Y'all nailed it again."- S.W. / Google / Feb 16, 2018
"Until I got into my thirties I did not think I would be a person who would have plastic surgery. My friend went to Dr. Toledo and recommended him. Even though I'm from San Antonio I drove up to Dallas to meet him. I was very nervous, never having been to a plastic surgeon before, but Dr. Toledo answered all my questions and was frank with me about what I could expect. I like that he talked to me like an adult. He recommended a forehead lift to open up my eyes. He was absolutely right. I had my surgery done 10 days ago and am very happy. The surgery was not painful and was a stress-free. I cannot stop talking about how happy I am. I will definitely go back and recommend him to my friends and family in San Antonio."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Apr 30, 2018
"Five Stars - This was my first time for cosmetic surgery. It was hard for me to trust my face and future life to someone I did not know. Dr. George Toledo met all my expectations from my first consultation through the post visits. His professional, friendly staff made me feel comfortable; answered all my questions; called me often during the healing process. Dr. George Toledo is a caring, excellent, talented surgeon who removed twenty years from my face. He performed a brow lift, upper and lower eye lids, face and neck lift, and ear lobe reductions. I highly recommend him and only wish I had this surgery earlier. My advice to anyone who is even considering having this, don't wait. Go see Dr. Toledo. There is no pressure there for you to have any surgery. This is your decision. Dr. Toledo will help you understand all the options and possibilities. He wants you to be pleased with the results, because he cares deeply for all his patients."- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 14, 2016
Eyelid Lift Ideal Candidates
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.
Eyelid Lift Surgical Technique
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 with Eyelid Lift
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.
Eyelid Lift 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
- $4,000 - $7,500
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.