About Eyelid Surgery
The eyes are a unique component of everyone's face that deserve to be seen. However, an abundance of skin above or under the eyes can create an undesired, aged look. Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andre Y. Levesque offers blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid surgery) to remove excess skin and lift the upper or lower eyelid, creating an awakened appearance. Countless men and women undergo eyelid surgery at Levesque Plastic Surgery to reduce puffy bulges, leading to improved function and appearance. Upper and lower eyelid surgery creates a fresh, youthful appearance and can produce subtle yet striking improvements. If you're interested in rejuvenating your eyes with an eye lift to remove excess skin, schedule a consultation with Dr. Levesque at his office in Austin, TX.
"I went to Dr. Levesque for some liposuction on the hard to lose areas of my thighs and flanks. He made sure my expectations were realistic and exactly what he could and couldn't do. He was very detailed in describing the procedure and very patient with questions. It is very obvious he truly cares about his patients and won't just do any procedure a patient wants, but will do what he can to ensure the patient will be happy with the results. For example, I wanted lipo on my rear end. Alot of it. He told me that if he did too much, I would get saggy and explained clearly why what I wanted wasn't a good idea. Other plastic surgeons might have just done it anyway. I felt extremely comfortable with him and trusted him completely. I'm very glad I did! I am extremely happy with my results and would never hesitate to do another procedure with him."- J.H. / Google / May 10, 2019
"Lipo Arms, Upper back, bra rolls, upper chest,abdomen,inner thighs - I've had some lipo done before which had a positive impact on my actual body shape( lower ab/ flanks). I lose and gain weight often due to depression so i've been working on it. This time, when I gained weight it looks went to my upper body is a serious way. Also i've gained visceral fat in my upper abdomen that can only be reduced by diet and exercise, so that's my current task . In the meantime , i've grown tired or this heavier weight up top so i've been researching doctors for a few months around Texas. I also had consults with surgeons in Atlanta and Miami . I was attracted to those flashier doctors at first because they do really aggressive lipo and I feel like I need aggressive especially since i've had some lipo before. That means there will be scar tissue in some areas that will be tougher to maneuver. I'm not interested in a BBL or fat transfer. I'm never going to be a skinny person nor am I gym rat often enough to build and maintain a 6 pack and perfect toned arms and legs. I'm not saying it's impossible but it is improbable. I'm realistic about my expectations with lipo so I know that once this procedure is done , i still have work to do in order to get the upper abs to flatten. In any case , I decided against the Miami doctors because I saw a lot of stories online about women dying on the operating table from various missteps of the surgeons. Of course I know not all Miami doctors are bad but I saw enough. The Miami price are very cheap and tempting. I saw a lot of reviews about women saying they felt like they were in an assembly line and the doctors just rush and bring people in and out. I wanted to save money but not for that much additional risk . Elective surgery is a risk all together-but why add on more risk unnecessarily. So I started to look at smaller boutique surgery centers and found several in my own city which is Austin Texas. From start to finish I had 8 consults. I decided on Dr. Levesque here in Austin and he has a fairly small operation with privileges at a local surgery center. He offers liposuction under general or local- depending on how much work you want and if you want to be fully under . I felt a great vibe from the staff and the prices were fair and I was able to choose general because I didn't want local based on a prior scary experience with a bad doctor. I know i'm the type who needs to just be put under. Of course there are extra costs to go to the surgery center and for an anesthesiologist. Small price to pay for my sanity and surgeons can be more aggressive while you're under and the results tend to be better . The downside( in my opinion) is that the recovery is harder when you go under general because the doctor can just go to town on you pretty forcefully so you're sore. My surgery is tomorrow- May 15th. I'm nervous but I've been in this process before so i'm fully prepared , lol or I think I am. I'm getting lipo to my back, arms, bra roll, inner thighs and some touch up on the abs."- T. / RealSelf / May 15, 2020
"Helen, Dr. Levesque, Holly take the time to listen and respect your concerns. They are conservative with the treatment services and provide their time to consult and truly respect the patient concerns. I have recommend Levesque Plastic Surgery to several friends and family and will continue to do so without hesitation."- B.C. / Google / Feb 05, 2020
"Dr. Levesque is a kind, caring, calm surgeon. I went to him for a rhinoplasty (open approach with osteotomy as well as tip refinement) and cannot express enough thanks for the effortless experience - consultation to post-op. I was able to communication directly with Dr. Levesque whenever I had a concern or question, both pre and post op. I am in disbelief I felt fully recovered after only 3 days post-op and ready to go back to work. I had minimal pain for 3 days post op then switched to NSAIDs, as needed. There was some bruising, which I covered up with makeup. His longtime assistant Helen Klingensmith does my botox and dermal procedures. She is so cheerful, and great at finding the best prices for you!"- E. / Google / Dec 26, 2019
"Love this Doctor and his staff. After being hit by a drunk driver my right hand/wrist had some major repairs that needed to be done. Dr. Levesque walked me through the entire procedure, how/why, and answered any questions I had while I laid in the ER. Knowing and seeing that I was upset that I needed surgery he calmly explained reassured me that my hand wouldn't be "gone". I had 2 pins taken out of my wrist after a few weeks. That's not a "no pain" procedure. He did his best to be gentle and quick. Every time I've been to his office for follow ups he never rushes me, takes time to talk about life in general, always wants to make sure I'm happy with the results, and explains to me different options for the future. Thank you for everything."- J.H. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
Eyelid Lift Ideal Candidates
Eyelid surgery is a cosmetic surgery that is sought out by both men and women. During your private consultation, treatment alternatives will be discussed with Dr. Levesque based on your issues that require attention. In most cases, ideal candidates suffer from excess, hanging skin and folds above their eyes or bulging skin below bottom eyelid. These conditions can cause vision impairment that can hinder one's daily life. For a rejuvenated appearance, eyelid surgery may be the right procedure for you. If you have loose skin that droops on the upper eyelid or puffy bags under the eyes, blepharoplasty can correct this to give you a brighter appearance and improve your field of vision.
Eyelid Lift Surgical Technique
Depending on the complexity of the blepharoplasty, general anesthesia or IV sedation will be administered. This surgery may be done on the upper eyelid alone, on the bottom eyelid, or a combination of both upper and lower.
Upper blepharoplasty assists in diminishing the hanging of skin that droops over the eye to create a more appealing eyelid appearance. An incision is usually made along the lash line or crease to trim away tissue and fat.
Lower eyelid surgery is performed to reduce puffy skin under the lower eyelid. The incision is placed just under the lash line to allow access to remove fatty tissue, and the skin is delicately lifted to produce a smoother look. In some cases, a nonsurgical laser treatment can be applied to assist with discoloration, while dermal fillers can be used for added smoothness if necessary.
What to Expect with Eyelid Lift
Eyelid surgery can last up to two hours based on whether one or both eyes are treated. After the procedure, you should expect to block out a few days for rest. You should also avoid any strenuous activities. Ice packs can help reduce bruising and swelling. The results from eyelid surgery can last for years. However, even though the effects of your surgery are lasting, the aging process does not cease. To complement your surgical outcomes, facial rejuvenation treatments at Levesque Plastic Surgery such as fillers can be added to create a fresh appearance.
Eyelid Lift Frequently Asked Questions
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Cosmetic eyelid surgery costs can vary depending on whether you are having an upper eyelid lift, lower, or both. As soon as your treatment plan has been developed during your consultation, Dr. Levesque can then discuss estimated costs. To get natural-looking results that last a long time, it is vital to select a skilled plastic surgeon whom you trust, like Dr. Levesque, instead of trying to find the cheapest place. To make it easy for you to afford a great eyelid lift, Levesque Plastic Surgery accepts many payment methods. Additionally, we can help you find low-interest financing.
Can I use insurance to pay for my eyelid surgery?
If loose skin is limiting your vision, your insurance may pay for a portion of your eyelid lift. Please tell Dr. Levesque during your consultation if you might be using your insurance. Someone at Levesque Plastic Surgery will help you get the needed information and paperwork for your insurance company to process your claim. Typically, you will need a diagnosis from an optometrist or ophthalmologist stating that an eyelid lift will improve your vision.
What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?
An eyelid lift not only helps to refresh your appearance: It can also improve other aspects of your life. You may find your field of vision expanding when loose skin from your upper eyelid is removed. It can also be easier to apply eye makeup when your upper eyelid is smooth. Eliminating fine lines, "crepey" skin, puffy bags, and dark circles under your eyes can make your eyes look brighter and fuller without cosmetics.
Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and Crow's feet?
Forehead wrinkles and crow's feet may be better addressed with a facelift or brow lift since the results of the eyelid surgery are confined to the eyelids only. Eyelid surgery can 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 fuller appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Levesque will create your custom treatment plan based on your goals.
What about nonsurgical treatments instead of eye surgery?
Skin tightening without surgery and injectable treatments (such as BOTOX, Restylane, and Juvéderm) can provide some improvements. However, if you have moderate to severe sagging skin or want long-lasting results, an eyelid lift would be better than a nonsurgical treatment. When you have talked to Dr. Levesque about your concerns and goals for your eyes, he can explain his recommendations for your nonsurgical or surgical treatment plan. He may also suggest a combination of both surgical and nonsurgical procedures for your best results.
If you are having a hard time seeing due to hanging skin on the upper eyelid, or if you suffer from puffy bags under your eyes, then blepharoplasty at Levesque Plastic Surgery may be right for you. This surgery can help you look youthful and awakened while offering a gorgeous answer to your vision impairment concerns. We invite you to contact our office in Austin, TX to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andre Y. Levesque.