Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) improves the look of the eyes. During surgery, excess tissue around the eye region is removed. People who have drooping or heavy eyelids, and puffy bags under their eyes, are generally the best candidates for this procedure. Although some patients may decide to have the procedure done on the upper or lower eyelids, most patients prefer having the procedure performed on both. Incisions are made below the eyelashes for the lower eyelids, and in the crease for the upper. Dr. Lapuerta performs various eyelid surgery techniques and will use the one that best meets each patient’s aesthetic goals. Dr. Lapuerta has facilities and privileges throughout the greater Houston area, including Houston, Pearland, and Katy, TX.
Eyelid Surgery Reviews
"Excellent in every respect!"- HN / Office Visit / Jul 04, 2011
"I have been going to Dr. Lapuerta for at least 3 years. I had eyelid surgery a couple years ago and occasionally have gotten Botox and Juvederm injections. Does great work and offers injection specials. I have gotten so many complements on his work and have sent several referrals. I shopped around at least 4 different board certified plastic surgeons and am glad I went with my gut and chose Dr. Lapuerta. Staff is also great!"- G.G. / Yelp / Aug 20, 2015
"Dr. Lapuerta, Dr. B. Lapuerta, and Dawn were wonderful. Really made me feel comfortable."- KL / Office Visit / Mar 04, 2014
"Let me begin with my introduction to PSI (recommended by my dermatologist) when I needed to learn the details concerning an eyelift surgery. The staff was very considerate answering my questions, showing me the video & photo albums even tho' I was taking my "sweet time". I was not rushed even when meeting Dr. Lapuerta personally. It took me almost a year to make a final decision due to my "dry eye" issue. And during that time I called with more questions and Brandi & Dawn answered them with patience & kindness. I have to honestly say if it weren't for these ladies I would not have been able to make a positive decision with a peaceful attitude. Plastic surgery can be "scarey" especially on the face - this is who we are! What kept going through my mind was , "vanity, vanity"! Yes, I am glad I did it and satisfied with Lapuerta (he sees you personally at each visit) and his cheerful staff. You are a person, NOT a number. However, I will NOT have another procedure at my age. The aging process is natural & I am thankful for good health and my husband of 50 yrs. who loves the way I look and who I am. We don't have to do this BUT it is a choice, a choice of self-esteem!!!! S.E.V."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Oct 21, 2015
"Dr. Leo Lapuerta and his staff are awesome! I had a blepharoplasty, and I am so pleased with the results. He does great work, and his time, care, concern and staff are top notch! I am very picky about Dr's, and his bedside manners and professionalism is the best! I would highly recommend him! I live in Spring, and drove to Pearland, and well worth the time and drive!"- K.H. / Google / Feb 23, 2016
Upper Eyelid Surgery
During upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made within the natural fold of the lid and extended outward. The incision will go out as wide as can be so that additional skin folds on the outside of the upper eye can also be addressed. Once the incision is made, excess skin, tissue and, in some cases, a small portion of the orbicularis occuli muscle are removed. The incision is closed with absorbable sutures and the scar remains somewhat hidden because of where it resides in the natural crease.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
During lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made along the bottom of the lash line. This allows the surgeon to remove excess fat and tissue. In patients who have puffy lower eyelids but good skin tone, an approach known as a transconjunctival blepharoplasty can be performed. This technique puts the incision inside the lower eyelid rather than outside. Patients who have dark circles under their eyes will sometimes have a deficiency of fat in these areas. Injectables can be used to help fill these soft-tissue deficiencies and can improve the appearance of these circles.
Eyelid surgery is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. It generally takes up to 2 hours for both the upper and lower eyelids to be addressed. Following surgery, the area around the eyes will be bruised and swollen. Patients should apply ice packs, keep their heads elevated, and apply medicated eye ointment for a few days. Patients comment on the fact that friends and family tell them they look great, but often can’t put a finger on what is different. These subtle, yet dramatic results restore a softer, more youthful appearance.
The cost for eyelid surgery varies for each patient and will fluctuate depending on whether both the upper and lower eyelids were addressed. Patients who undergo a full blepharoplasty, which includes both the upper and lower eyelids, will pay on average between $3,000-$7,000. In some patients where the upper eyelid skin obstructs the view, a portion of the surgery may be covered by medical insurance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
After surgery, scarring will not be visible because of where the incisions are placed. In the upper eyelid, the incision follows the natural crease of the eye. The lower eyelid incision will run just under the eyelashes or inside the eyelid. Scarring will be inconspicuous.
Eyelid surgery will reduce puffy bags and excess skin and may help contribute to some minimization of crow’s feet. However, to truly treat crow’s feet, one will need a different approach. BOTOX® injections and procedures such as a browlift, are better options to help eliminate crow’s feet.
Irritation After Surgery?
Some patients will experience dryness and minimal irritation following surgery. If these occur, we can recommend ointments and eye drops to assist during the healing phase. Patients should protect their eyes against wind and sun irritation for the first several months by wearing dark sunglasses.
If anything, eyelid surgery actually helps improve the vision for many patients. Not only does it restore a fresh, younger look from a cosmetic standpoint, it eliminates the excess skin that may have been impairing vision. It is important to select a skilled surgeon who has expertise with eyelid surgery. We take great care during this surgery so that the eyes themselves are left untouched and unharmed.