About the procedure
Typically, the anesthesia used will be tailored to the patient’s comfort level and the type of procedure(s) being performed. If only blepharoplasty is being performed, local anesthesia with oral sedation can be an excellent option in our office, however if combined with other procedures (or if the patient prefers), general anesthesia can be used at one of our outpatient surgical centers around the greater Austin area. Eyelid surgery takes about one to two hours on average when performed as a stand-alone procedure for both eyes.
A lower blepharoplasty is performed through small incisions hidden through the backside of the eyelid, also called a transconjunctival approach. Specifically, this area is underneath the lower lashes, within the moist lining tissue on the inside of the eyelid.
The main goal of this procedure to remove or re-position excess fat to smooth the area beneath the eyes and achieve a rested, youthful appearance.
Upper blepharoplasty usually involves the conservative removal of skin, and occasionally muscle and fat of the upper eyelid. It is performed through small incisions in the upper eyelid crease. Scarring is minimal for both techniques, as the incisions are small and hidden within the eyelids and eyelashes. 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 results.