Dr. Sean Paul is a gifted ocular facial plastic surgeon who specializes in eyelid surgery in Austin, TX. If you‘re seeking eyelid surgery, also known as a blepharoplasty, Dr. Paul is the surgeon for you and your needs.

What is eyelid surgery? 

Eyelid surgery is one of our most frequently performed surgical procedures. Eyelid surgery is used to remove the fat deposits and loose, drooping skin that forms around the eyelids with age. Heredity factors, smoking, edema from allergies, and sun damage can accelerate these changes. Younger patients also elect to have this procedure done to eliminate puffiness of the eyes from congenital excess fatty tissue.

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What are the benefits of blepharoplasty?

  • Reduce the size of under-eye bags
  • Help you look more relaxed, rested, and youthful
  • Improve the shape and visual appearance of the eye
  • Remove dark circles commonly seen under the eyes
  • Remove excess skin from the eyelids that cause “hooding”
  • Improve or eliminate lower eyelid hollowing and a gaunt appearance
  • Reduce the amount and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles at the eye corners and lower eyelid
  • Tackle puffiness in the middle and corner of the eyelids, caused by the herniation (pushing forward) of fat

Am I a candidate for eyelid surgery?

Most patients who come to us for eyelid surgery in Austin are over 30 years old; however, adults of any age can have the procedure. Eyelid surgeries are a popular choice for individuals looking to reduce signs of aging, particularly droopy eyelids or under-eye bags. Although most candidates choose eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons, it is also a functional surgery performed to remove sagging eyelid skin that interferes with vision.

You are a good candidate if you:

  • Are healthy with no medical issues
  • Are a non-smoker
  • Have excessive drooping or sagging around the eyes
  • Would like your eyes and upper face to look more youthful 

You are not a good candidate if you:

  • Have serious eye or medical conditions (glaucoma, diabetes, etc.)
  • Have unrealistic expectations about what the procedure can accomplish

How does eyelid surgery restore the face?

Our eyes are the first and most important feature that we use to express ourselves. But due to the natural process of aging, genetics, and our exposure to the sun and the elements, our eyes can sometimes deceive those around us. Eye bags, extra eyelid skin, and puffiness around the eyes can lead others to believe we are older, sad, angry, or tired, when in fact we feel quite the opposite. Blepharoplasty in Austin can do wonders for restoring a youthful, rested look to the eyes and indeed the entire face.

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I am a 49yo woman who had her first cosmetic surgery and a Halo procedure with Dr. Paul and Ali.  I had upper blepharoplasties with a browlift a month ago at the office under local anesthetic and have nothing but an Amazing Outcome! 

Tamara K.

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Fat Transposition for Eyelid Surgery

Fat transposition is a groundbreaking technique in eyelid surgery that involves moving excess fat from one area to enhance and rejuvenate the eyelids. Fat transposition in Austin with Dr. Paul and our team addresses issues such as hollowing and sagging, offering a natural and long-lasting solution. By strategically repositioning fat, it restores volume and contours, reducing the appearance of aging. Ideal for those seeking a comprehensive approach to eyelid rejuvenation, fat transposition delivers remarkable, natural-looking results. 

Surgical details

The anesthesia used during a blepharoplasty in Austin will be tailored to your comfort level and the type of procedure that is being performed. Local anesthesia and oral sedation are often sufficient for upper eyelid surgery, but if both eyelids are being treated or a combination of procedures is being done (or if the patient prefers deeper sedation), general anesthesia can be used at one of our outpatient surgical centers around the greater Austin area. Eyelid surgery takes about 1 to 2 hours on average when performed as a standalone procedure for both eyes.

Blepharoplasty usually involves the conservative removal of skin and, occasionally, the removal of fat and muscle, through small incisions that are well hidden in natural creases and folds of the eyelid. Visible scarring is minimal. Major complications with blepharoplasty surgery are rare, and the procedure is considered very safe. Dr. Paul is always meticulous with his approach, avoiding the removal of too much skin and fat for a very natural appearance and beautiful, natural results. This procedure is frequently done at the same time as other procedures, such as a face or forehead lift, and can be combined with Botox or cosmetic injectables to smooth skin wrinkles.

Recovery from an Austin blepharoplasty

In most cases, eyelid surgery in Austin is performed on an outpatient basis. Once the anesthesia wears off, you will be able to return home, though you will need someone to drive you because your eyesight will be blurry and your eyes may need to be covered. Following your blepharoplasty, your eyelids will be supported with paper tape to ensure that the tissue heals with the correct contours. Gauze may also be worn over the eyes for up to 3 days. It’s very important to leave these post-surgery coverings in place to ensure a fast recovery and optimal results.

If you have had transconjunctival blepharoplasty, in which the tissues are accessed through an incision behind the lower eyelid, your eyes may not need to be covered following surgery. Typically, the sutures used during eyelid surgery procedures need to be taken out by Dr. Paul a couple of weeks after the procedure. You will be provided eye drops or an ointment to use throughout the recovery period as directed by Dr. Paul. It’s also important to avoid disturbing the eyelid tissues as they heal. This requires keeping your head elevated while sleeping. Any discomfort you feel can be managed with pain medication and cold compresses.

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Will there be scars?

Although every surgical procedure comes with the possibility of scars, visible scars following eyelid surgery are minimized due to the placement of incisions. Because incisions are placed in the natural skin folds or sometimes behind the eyelid, they should not result in obvious scarring. Over time, any scars you see will fade into the surrounding skin. If the patient prefers, Dr. Paul can also recommend topical treatments or serums which can further reduce scarring in the treatment areas.

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What is the difference between functional and cosmetic eyelid surgery?

Sagging skin in the upper lids and puffiness, fat buildup, and discoloration in the lower lids are considered cosmetic concerns, as they cause the patient to feel self-conscious about their appearance. 

Drooping eyelid skin in the upper lids that hangs down to obscure vision or causes inflammation is considered a functional problem, as it interferes with the person’s ability to successfully navigate life, drive, and perform common tasks. Oftentimes, blepharoplasty is performed to address both aesthetic and functional concerns at the same time for an overall elevation in self-confidence, peace of mind, and quality of life.

Your eyelid surgery consultation

During your initial consultation with Dr. Paul, he will discuss your cosmetic concerns and your goals for the procedure. He will also carefully evaluate your medical history, noting any prior history of eyelid surgery, dry eyes, or the use of blood thinners.

He will also pay special attention to the surrounding anatomic structures such as the eyelids themselves, the cheeks, and the strength of the lower eyelid muscles. This will help him determine if you are an appropriate candidate, and decide upon the best techniques for your particular case. If you're interested in blepharoplasty in Austin, please contact us.

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Schedule a consultation with us

If you’re interested in eyelid surgery or eyelid surgery revision in Austin, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Sean Paul at Austin Face & Body. Dr. Paul is a high-end oculoplastic surgeon, specializing in the eyelids and the structures surrounding the eye. He has also been hailed as an innovator in aesthetics of the eyes. To learn more or schedule an appointment, please call 512-559-3544 or contact us online.

How much does blepharoplasty cost?

Pricing for eyelid surgery will vary from patient to patient, based on whether they undergo lower blepharoplasty, upper blepharoplasty or both. If other facial procedures such as a brow lift or facelift are performed at the same time, the costs will expand accordingly. We will provide you with a thorough, detailed quote for services at the time of your private consultation at our offices in Austin.

Blepharoplasty FAQ 

How long does the procedure take?

Blepharoplasty typically takes 2 hours when both the upper and lower eyelids are addressed. If additional procedures, such as a brow lift, are performed in tandem, then treatment time may be extended.

How long will my eyelid surgery results last?

Eyelid surgery results typically last 10-15 years, depending on how well you take care of your skin. Avoiding harmful UV rays is mandatory for preserving a more youthful appearance.

Is eyelid surgery covered by insurance?

Insurance typically covers medically necessary procedures. If sagging skin inhibits your field of vision or causes inflammation, insurance may cover all or part of your costs.

How long after blepharoplasty will I see results?

It will take around 6 weeks to see the full results of your surgery. During this time, mild swelling and bruising around the eyes will gradually diminish to reveal a brighter, more inviting facial expression.

When can I wear makeup after eyelid surgery?

Makeup can usually be applied successfully after 10 days to help conceal discoloration. Be sure to choose new, all-natural products and brushes, as this will help avoid infection and bacteria.

Can I sleep on my side after eyelid surgery?

Our team advises that you sleep on your back after eyelid surgery with your head elevated. Accidentally turning on your side during the night will seldom cause any concerns.

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Dr. Sean Paul

Dr. Sean Paul is the founder of Austin Face & Body. As a widely published surgeon who has traveled all over the world to speak, Dr. Paul is renowned and highly regarded in his industry. He specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid and facial plastic surgery in Austin, and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

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Why choose Austin Face & Body?

Austin Face & Body was founded by Dr. Sean Paul as a restorative haven for outstanding patient care and stunning aesthetic results. Dr. Paul is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in blepharoplasty as well as many other facial plastic and reconstructive procedures. After graduating with a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School, Dr. Paul pursued a demanding internship in surgery, medicine and pediatrics at the John Peter Smith Hospital. He then completed a surgical residency in Ophthalmology at the world-renowned Dean McGee Eye Institute.

Dr. Paul is passionate about providing natural, elegant and nuanced outcomes that reflect the clients’ wishes. As Austin Face & Body was founded on the principle of integrity, our team will never suggest a procedure that we don’t genuinely believe is in your best interest. From our immaculate state-of-the-art facility and cutting edge technology and equipment to the compassion and support each member of our staff provides throughout your treatment, you are in the best of hands at Austin Face & Body.

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